Volleyball Falls to DePaul in Three Wednesday|
Sept. 25, 2013
CHICAGO – The UIC volleyball team had trouble slowing down DePaul's Vesela Zapryanova and fell 3-0 (25-15, 25-20, 25-20) to the Blue Demons Wednesday night inside the Flames Athletic Center. Zapryanova put down 22 kills on a match-high 51 attempts and DePaul (13-0) held the UIC (5-10) offense to 32 kills.
The Blue Demons limited UIC to six kills and put down 17 kills of their own in a 25-15 first set victory. UIC responded with 14 kills in the second set but DePaul bested the Flames' effort with 18 kills and a .400 attack percentage. UIC got within one point at 14-13 following a Kara Johnson kill but DePaul scored five straight points to take control of the set.
UIC ran out to an early 8-6 lead in the third set following a kill by Molly McCoy. The Blue Demons reeled off seven consecutive points and the Flames never got closer than four points the rest of the way.
UIC received nine kills from Johnson and junior Sara Sternard. Sternard only needed 18 attempts to collect her nine kills (.444 attack percentage) and Johnson put down six kills on nine swings in the second set. Johnson leads the squad with 175 kills this season.
Over the last three matches, Sternard is hitting at a .477 clip with 32 kills on 65 attempts and only one attack error. Her .301 attack percentage ranks fourth in the Horizon League this season. Sternard also recorded two more total blocks after 13 blocks this past weekend at the Golden Flashes Classic.
Senior MaryKate Imrie dished out 26 assists on UIC’s 32 kills and also recorded two service aces. Imrie now owns 3,125 career assists and needs 35 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.
Senior Justine Garcia compiled 13 digs for her fifth consecutive double-digit dig performance. Garcia also added to her team-leading 18 service aces in the third set. She ranks second in the Horizon League with 0.33 aces per set.
Freshmen Casey Harris (five kills and two blocks) and Anouska Best (four kills and two blocks) provided solid play at the net for the Flames. Harris ranks second on the squad with 32 total blocks this season.
UIC begins Horizon League play Saturday when the Flames play host to Valparaiso. First serve is scheduled for 2 p.m. inside the Flames Athletic Center. Valparaiso was pegged as the preseason favorite to win the Horizon League title. The Crusaders finished last season with a record of 21-12 and enter Saturday’s matchup at 11-3 overall.