Flames Rally; Fall Short To Midshipmen

Freshman Kara Johnson had a double-double with 17 kills and 12 digs.
Freshman Kara Johnson had a double-double with 17 kills and 12 digs.

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Aug 31, 2013

ANNAPOLIS, Md. – Freshman Kara Johnson collected 17 kills and 12 digs to pick up a double-double performance Saturday against Navy in the Kristen Dickmann Invitational. The Flames fell short to the Midshipmen in a 3-1 (25-18, 25-22, 20-25, 25-23) outcome inside the Wesley A. Brown Fieldhouse in Annapolis, Md.

Johnson paced the Flames with 17 kills (.263) and 12 digs. Juniors Molly McCoy and Sara Sternard had 11 kills at a .222 and .348 clip, respectively. The team had 56 total kills at .241. Senior setter MaryKate Imrie had 49 assists and senior libero Justine Garcia had 14 digs.

After dropping the opening set 25-18, the Flames improved their hitting percentage from .172 (11 kills) in the first set to .324 with 17 kills in the second game. Johnson logged six kills in the set. UIC exchanged points with Navy through much of the match, but the Midshipmen pulled away to a five-point lead at 21-16. The Flames then went on a three-point run with consecutive kills by McCoy, freshmen Casey Harris and Anouska Best to place the score at 21-19.

Despite UIC hitting at a clip of .324, the Mids collected 14 kills at a solid .448 hitting percentage and secured the set at 25-22 for a 2-0 lead in the match.

Following the break, UIC hit at .286 in the third set and capitalized on Navy’s .121 attack percentage. The Mids had 12 kills and committed eight errors, whereas UIC had 11 kills with only three errors. UIC maintained control of the game and held a five-point lead through much of the later part of the set. The Flames concluded the game with a kill by redshirt freshman Melissa Nava and a 25-20 victory for a 2-1 score in the match.

The Flames again collected 17 kills in the fourth set at a .190 hitting percentage to Navy’s 12 kills (.222) and exchanged points with the Mids through the set. McCoy ignited a four-point run with a kill, followed by kills from Nava, Johnson and Harris to come within three points (13-10) of Navy. The Flames continued to battle and tied the game at 19 and again at 22. The Mids were able to pull away and win the set at 25-23 and secure the match 3-1.

The Flames conclude the Kristen Dickmann Invitational in a 3:00 p.m. (CT) match against UNC-Wilmington. Be sure to check back to for the results and a recap from the final match of the tournament and the members of the all-tournament team.