Flames Place Second at UIC Invitational|
Sep 7, 2013
CHICAGO – The UIC volleyball team split its matches with Chicago State (W, 3-1) and Denver (L, 3-0) Saturday on the final day of the UIC Invitational. The Flames (3-4) placed second overall in the tournament as Denver (5-1) took home the team title. Marshall (2-6) placed third and Chicago State (0-7) finished fourth.
For her efforts over the weekend, senior setter MaryKate Imrie was named to the All-Tournament Team. Imrie, who is averaging 11.36 assists per set this season, finished the weekend with 143 assists, 21 digs, five kills, four total blocks and three service aces. Imrie currently ranks sixth in program history with 2,868 career assists.
Other standouts for the Flames at the UIC Invitational included freshman Kara Johnson (42 kills, 34 digs and three aces), junior Molly McCoy (39 kills), junior Sara Sternard (36 kills, .272 attack percentage and 10 total blocks), junior Maggie Strus (46 digs), sophomore Tracy Friel (37 digs) and senior Justine Garcia (30 digs and four service aces).
The Flames travel to Iowa City, Iowa next weekend (Sept. 13-14) for the Hawkeye Challenge. UIC is scheduled to play Western Illinois, Drake, Ball State and host school Iowa.
UIC 3, Chicago State 1 (25-14, 25-23, 13-25, 25-16)
Johnson recorded her third double-double of the young season with 13 kills and 12 digs. She put down five kills on 13 attempts in the second set victory. Johnson, who also collected two service aces, leads UIC with 94 kills on 255 attempts so far this season.
McCoy had 11 kills on 34 attempts, including a team-high five kills on 11 attempts in the final set. Sternard put down nine kills on 26 attempts and also recorded four total blocks. Sternard, who reached the 500-career kill milestone in the first set, leads UIC with 21.0 total blocks this season.
Imrie dished out 42 assists and compiled seven digs while Strus collected 12 digs. Imrie leads the Flames with 318 assists this season and Strus ranks second on the squad with 73 digs.
Garcia, who tops UIC with 80 digs this season, compiled 10 digs and two service aces against the Cougars. Friel added 11 digs and sophomore Melissa Nava set a UIC season high with five total blocks. The Flames recorded eight total blocks as a team, the second highest total this season.
Denver 3, UIC 0 (25-20, 25-23, 25-21)
Denver only put down two more kills than UIC (45-43) but hit at a .347 clip and recorded 11 total blocks against the Flames. The Pioneers had three players record double-digit kills and held the Flames to a .189 attack percentage.
Sternard was efficient against the Pioneers as she put down 13 kills on 21 attempts for a .476 attack percentage. She had five kills on eight attempts in the first set and four kills on five attempts in the third frame.
Johnson and McCoy both contributed nine kills to the Flames offensive attack. Johnson, who added nine digs on defense, took 24 swings while McCoy had 28 attempts.
Freshman Casey Harris matched her season high with seven kills on 13 attempts. Her .308 attack percentage marks a personal best.
Imrie collected 36 assists on the Flames’ 43 kills. Strus (12 digs) and Friel (10 digs) led UIC on defense.
UIC Invitational All-Tournament Team
Colleen King - Denver (TOURNAMENT MVP)