UIC Volleyball Splits Matches on Final Day of Golden Flashes Classic
Sept. 21, 2013
KENT, Ohio - The UIC volleyball team made quick work of Binghamton (W, 3-0) in the morning and later fell in four sets to host Kent State Saturday on the final day of the Golden Flashes Classic. Kent State (3-0) took home the team title while Eastern Illinois (2-1), UIC (1-2) and Binghamton (0-3) rounded out the tournament field.
For her solid play over the weekend, senior MaryKate Imrie was named to the All-Tournament Team. Imrie finished the weekend with 102 assists, 16 digs, six blocks and four service aces. This is Imrie's second all-tournament selection this season as she was also honored at the UIC Invitational (Sept. 6-7).
Imrie now owns 3,099 career assists and needs just 61 more assists to jump two spots in UIC’s all-time rankings. Imrie will pass Eva Svoboda (3,156 - 1992-95) and Jessica Dalke (3,159 - 2008-11) to move into fifth all-time in program history.
Other UIC standouts over the weekend include junior Molly McCoy (33 kills), freshman Kara Johnson (31 kills), junior Sara Sternard (28 kills and 13 blocks), freshman Casey Harris (20 kills and eight blocks), senior Justine Garcia (44 digs and three aces) and sophomore Tracy Friel (five aces).
UIC (5-9) will play a midweek non-conference match before jumping into Horizon League play next weekend. The Flames play host to the Blue Demons of DePaul Wednesday (Sept. 25). First serve is set for 7 p.m. inside the Flames Athletic Center.
UIC 3, Binghamton 0 (25-22, 25-19, 25-15)
The Flames defense shut down the Binghamton (2-11) offense by limiting the Bearcats to a .122 attack percentage. UIC picked up a season-high ten team blocks and forced 22 Binghamton attack errors.
UIC led throughout much of the first set but Binghamton trailed by just one at 22-21 after a kill from Allison Hovie. The Flames ultimately sealed the set victory with a Johnson kill and a dual block from Harris and freshman Anouska Best.
The Flames big block accounted for five points in the second set, including two of the final four points of the frame. The third set was dominated by UIC as the Flames hit at a .344 clip and recorded four service aces.
Johnson led the Flames with 11 kills on 25 attempts for a strong .320 attack percentage. She has posted double-digit kills in nine of 14 matches and leads UIC with 166 kills this season.
UIC also received solid offensive outputs from Sternard (nine kills on 16 attempts), Harris (nine kills on 18 attempts) and McCoy (eight kills on 23 attempts). Overall, the Flames had 39 kills on 94 attempts for a season-high .298 team attack percentage.
Imrie had 30 assists and two service aces while Garcia compiled 15 digs. Sternard and Best both collected five block assists while Harris had two solo blocks and four block assists.
Kent State 3, UIC 1 (24-26, 25-20, 25-18, 25-17)
The Flames captured a thrilling first set that featured 12 ties and five lead changes. UIC led by as many as four at 20-16 but Kent State (6-6) took the lead at 24-23 following a McCoy attack error. UIC would respond with kills from Harris, McCoy and Sternard to win the first set, 26-24.
Johnson had five kills on 13 attempts in the first set and Sternard added four kills on eight swings. Imrie assisted on 11 of UIC’s 13 kills while Garcia compiled 13 digs. The Flames held the Golden Flashes to just seven kills on 38 attempts (.053 attack percentage).
UIC put down 15 kills in the second set but Kent State hit a blistering .406 as a team and put down 17 kills to pick up the set victory. The Flames could not slow down the Golden Flashes offense for the remainder of the match as Kent State hit at a .367 clip in the third set and .379 in the final set.
Sternard finished the match with 14 kills on 31 attempts for a stellar .452 attack percentage. Sternard did not commit an attack error on Saturday as she put down 23 kills on 47 attempts (.489 attack percentage) over the two matches. She also recorded one solo block and four block assists against Kent State.
Johnson recorded 14 kills on a match-high 46 attempts and McCoy put down 13 kills on 31 attempts. McCoy also collected 11 digs for her first double-double of the 2013 season. McCoy’s double-double is the fifth for UIC this season and first since Sept. 7 (Kara Johnson vs. Chicago State).
Imrie dished out 44 assists and Garcia compiled 18 digs. Imrie also picked up eight digs, two service aces and three block assists.
Overall, UIC had one less kill than Kent State (53-52) but the Flames were held to a .131 attack percentage while the Golden Flashes hit at a .287 clip as a team. Kent State collected 15 total team blocks and Liz Reikow had 10 block assists.
Golden Flashes Classic All-Tournament Team
Grace Vickers, Binghamton
MVP/Top Defensive Player: Hannah Herc, Kent State