Flames Down Phoenix In Straight Sets

Janise Dismuke led all players in kills with 13 at. 400.
Janise Dismuke led all players in kills with 13 at. 400.

Oct. 5, 2012

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CHICAGO - The UIC volleyball team (10-10/3-2 Horizon League) handled Green Bay (9-8/1-3 Horizon League) in straight sets (25-19, 25-21, 25-14) Friday inside the Flames Athletic Center. The win is UIC's fourth-straight home win.

Janise Dismuke (Peoria, Ill./Richwoods) and Sara Sternard (Clarendon Hills, Ill./Westmont) piloted the Flames to the victory by logging double-digit kills, 13 and 12, respectively. Dismuke hit at .400 in the victory, while Sternard hit at .429.

MaryKate Imrie (Orland Park, Ill./Sandburg) handed out 41 helpers in the match to lead all players.

Dismuke and Kelsey Safranek (Downers Grove, Ill./Downers Grove South) led all players in kills during the first set of play with five, while hitting at .444 and .364, respectively. The Flames squad hit at .378 in comparison to Green Bay at .205. Imrie dished out 15 assists in the frame.

The Flames outscored Green Bay 8-2 early in the game to place the score at 9-5. Soon after, Dismuke scored three-consecutive points for UIC to notch the team's first five-point lead of the set. The next five-point edge was at 21-17.

The Flames secured four of the final six points of the frame to secure the win at 25-19.

Dismuke again led all players in kills with six (.286) in the frame, while Imrie dished out 12 helpers.

The Phoenix outscored the Flames 6-3 to begin the set. UIC then went on a six-point run, which was ignited with a kill by Sternard. Sternard then chipped in on the following two points, including a block with senior Nicole Allgood (Crestwood, Ky./South Oldham). Safranek held serve during the run.

In a back-and-forth battle, including four lead changes, UIC was finally able to close out the set by scoring the final four points to earn a 25-21 win and take a match lead of 2-0.

UIC hit at .464 in the deciding set of play, while outscoring the Phoenix 14-6 to begin the frame. The Flames didn't let up as they captured the set 25-14 and the match in straight sets.

The Flames return to the court Saturday at 4:00 p.m. (CT) as they play host to Milwaukee.