UIC Falls to Eastern Illinois at the Golden Flashes Classic|
Sept. 20, 2013
KENT, Ohio – The UIC volleyball team received 12 kills from junior Molly McCoy but could not find a rhythm offensively in a 3-0 loss (25-23, 25-20, 25-21) to Eastern Illinois Friday at Kent State’s Golden Flashes Classic. The Flames (4-8) are set to play Binghamton (9 a.m.) and Kent State (6:30 p.m.) Saturday to conclude tournament action.
EIU (5-6) hit at a .269 clip as a team while holding UIC to a .147 attack percentage. The Panthers had 15 kills in the first set and led 24-20. Three consecutive EIU attack errors pulled UIC within one at 24-23 but a McCoy attack error ended the set.
UIC got off to a strong start in the second set and led 10-7 following a kill from freshman Kara Johnson. EIU scored four consecutive points to take the lead but a McCoy kill would later tie it up at 15-15. The Panthers responded with six consecutive points and never relinquished control of the set.
The third set was tightly contested as it featured eight ties and four lead changes. Despite having eight less kills than EIU, UIC led 19-18 following a kill from junior Sara Sternard. The Panthers again responded with a big run, this time three straight points to take control of the set.
McCoy put down 12 kills on a team-high 33 attempts to lead UIC on offense. McCoy had five kills on nine attempts in the first set and four kills on 12 attempts in the third frame. She has now recorded double-digit kills in nine of UIC’s 12 matches this season.
Imrie passed the 3,000-career assist milestone in the first set and is now one of only seven players in program history to reach that mark. She needs 132 more assists this season to move into sixth all-time past Eva Svoboda (3,156 - 1992-95).
Senior Justine Garcia led UIC with 11 digs and also picked up two service aces. Garcia leads the squad in both digs (131) and aces (16) this season. Sternard picked up three block assists and passed the 200-career total block milestone in the third set.