Flames play host to Loyola Chicago Friday and Valparaiso Saturday
Sara Jo Sternard is the 16th member of UIC's 1,000 Kills Club
MaryKate Imrie receives "Most Valuable Player" award.
The team posted a 10-4 Horizon League regular season record.
Maggie Strus and Kelsey Safranek named to all-tournament team.
AS A SENIOR (2012): Named to the Preseason all-Horizon League Team ...Selected to the All-Horizon League Tournament Squad ... Led team with 382 kills ... Finished her career fourth in program history with 1,540 career kills.
AS A JUNIOR (2011): Received All-Horizon League honors ... selected as the UIC "Most Valuable Player" ... named the Horizon League "Offensive Player of the Week" on Sept. 12 after logging 21 kills against Evansville (9.10.11) and 28, a (then) career-high, against Southeast Missouri State (9.10.11) ... posted 446 kills on the season for an average of 4.40 per set.
AS A SOPHOMORE (2010): Ranked third in the Horizon League with 3.35 kills per set and fifth with 3.60 points per set ... named to All-Horizon League Team ... led team with 10 kills at Horizon League Volleyball Championship against Cleveland State (11.19.10) ... collected 19 kills in a three-set win over Western Illinois on Nov. 8 ... notched a double-double in five straight matches from Oct. 29-Nov. 12 ... put down a career-high 24 kills at Loyola (10/22/10) ... recorded a career-high 18 digs in back-to-back matches at Cleveland State and Youngstown State (10.15-16.10) ... handed out a personal-best three assists and had 11 digs versus Loyola (9/25/10) ... named to the Best Western Invitational All-Tournament Team (9.11.10) ... named to UIC Invitational all-Tournament Team on 9.4.10.
AS A FRESHMAN (2009): Named to Horizon League All-Newcomer Team after tallying 170 kills, 25 digs and 31 total blocks against league opponents ... played in all 34 matches as a true freshman, starting 30 ... ranked second on the team with 314 kills ... finished third on the team with 31 assists ... recorded a season-best 18 kills against city-rival Loyola on 11.14.2009.
PREP AND PERSONAL: Three-time letterwinner at Downers Grove South (Ill.) ... garnered three West Suburban Conference championships ... two-time regional champion ... three-time all-West Suburban Conference selection ... selected as an all-region recipient during her junior season ... played club volleyball for 1st Alliance (2008-09) ... qualified for nationals and placed fifth during her 18's division ... played club volleyball for Sports Performance (2004-08) ... qualified for nationals and placed 13th during her 16's division ... participated in SAAC ... active on the 3rd Cycle self-study certification study ...received the Academic Achievement Award ... greatest athletic thrill to date is defeating Butler in three games during her freshman season ... born Oct. 4, 1990, in Hinsdale, Ill. ... daughter of Dave and Janne Safranek ... has two siblings, Adam and Alex ... currently enrolled as a secondary education major.