UIC Hangs Tough With TCU In Home Opener

Sara Sternard hit at .500 with 12 kills.
Sara Sternard hit at .500 with 12 kills.

Sep 5, 2013

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CHICAGO – Junior Sara Sternard continues to be a force for UIC’s offense as she had 12 kills at a .500 clip Thursday night in a 3-1 (25-20, 17-25, 25-21, 25-10) loss to TCU inside the Flames Athletic Center. 

Freshman Kara Johnson also had 12 kills, while junior Molly McCoy added 11. Senior setter MaryKate Imrie had 42 assists and Sternard chipped in on three blocks.

The team posted a .357 hitting percentage in the first set, followed by .353 in the second and compiled 29 kills in the opening two games.

During the first game, UIC battled through the contest as the team fell behind four points (8-4), before returning to tie the game at 11 after posting a four-point run. The run featured two kills by sophomore Melissa Nava, as well as a kill by Imrie and a solo block by freshman Casey Harris.

From there, the teams exchanged points and had three lead changes, but the Horned Frogs slowly chipped away at the Flames and eventually secure the set 25-20 to jump out to a 1-0 lead in the match.

During the second set, UIC fell behind 11-8, before going on a six-point run to gain a 14-11 edge over TCU. The Horned Frogs battled back to tie the game at 15, but UIC answered again with a five-point run to gain a hefty 20-15 lead. The Flames then outscored TCU 6-2 to close out the set with a 25-17 victory and even up the match.

During the second game, Sternard and Johnson each had five kills at .556 and .571, respectively.

With seven lead changes in the third set, UIC hung with TCU through the duration of the game as the Horned Frogs only led 22-21 as the match was nearing its end. TCU was able to find a spark and close out the set on a three-point run for a 25-21 victory and a 2-1 advantage in the match.

After an evenly matched contest, TCU hit at .421 and handled UIC in a 25-10 decision to secure the match victory 3-1.

The Flames begin play in their own UIC Invitational Friday. Chicago State faces Denver at 5:00 p.m. (CT), followed by a UIC and Marshall match up at 7:00 p.m., inside the Flames Athletic Center.