Flames Split a Pair of Matches at Iowa's Hawkeye Challenge

Freshman Kara Johnson led UIC with 18 kills in the 3-1 victory over Drake
Freshman Kara Johnson led UIC with 18 kills in the 3-1 victory over Drake

Sept. 13, 2013


Western Illinois Box Score

Drake Box Score

IOWA CITY, Iowa – The UIC volleyball team split a pair of matches at Iowa’s Hawkeye Challenge Friday. The Flames (4-5) fell to Western Illinois, 3-0, in the morning and defeated Drake, 3-1, at night. Tournament action concludes Saturday when UIC takes on Ball State (2 p.m.) and Iowa (7 p.m.).

Over the two matches, freshman Kara Johnson led UIC with 25 kills on 76 attempts and four service aces. Junior Molly McCoy added 20 kills, junior Sara Sternard put down 16 kills and freshman Casey Harris needed only 15 attempts to collect eight kills for a stellar .467 attack percentage.

Senior MaryKate Imrie dished out 74 assists and led the squad with six total blocks. On defense, junior Maggie Strus compiled 35 digs while senior Justine Garcia had 21 digs and two service aces.

Western Illinois 3, UIC 0 (25-23, 25-18, 25-14)

The first set was tightly contested as there were five ties and four lead changes. WIU (4-6) pulled out to a 19-14 lead but the Flames tied it up at 22 on a Johnson kill.

Western Illinois setter Sarah Fetter was called for a set error on the next play and the Flames led 23-22. Three consecutive Western Illinois points allowed the Leathernecks to take the first set, 25-23.

Johnson finished the set with four kills on 11 attempts while Sternard and McCoy both put down three kills. Imrie dished out 10 assists and Strus compiled six digs.

McCoy led the overall UIC offensive effort against Western Illinois with eight kills on 24 attempts. Junior Olivia Desormey started the match and was efficient as she put down four kills on only six attempts. 

Johnson contributed seven kills on 25 attempts and Sternard added five kills on 22 attempts. Johnson, Garcia and Sternard all recorded a service ace and the Flames picked up five total team blocks. Desormey had four total blocks and Imrie collected three of her own.

UIC 3, Drake 1 (14-25, 25-18, 25-12, 26-24)

UIC struggled to get going offensively in the first set loss against Drake (1-8) as the Flames committed 11 errors with only eight kills. UIC instantly regrouped and hit .333 on its way to a 25-18 victory in the second set.

The Flames were only getting warmed up though as UIC hit a stellar .481 as a team in the third set victory with 16 kills on only 27 attempts. The Flames held an 18-12 advantage in the fourth set but allowed Drake to tie it at 24-24. However, a kill by Harris and a Bulldog attack error sealed the victory for the Flames.

Johnson had six kills in the final set and finished with 18 kills on a match-high 51 attempts. She also had nine digs and was one dig away from posting her team-high fourth double-double of the season.

McCoy was efficient against the Bulldogs with 12 kills on 28 attempts for a .321 attack percentage. Meanwhile, Sternard put down 11 kills on only 26 attempts to record a .308 attack percentage.

Imrie posted her second-highest assist effort of the season with 50 assists and also collected three total blocks. Strus compiled a season-high 24 digs while Garcia had 16 digs of her own.