UIC Falls to Green Bay Saturday to Conclude Home Stand
Oct. 5, 2013
CHICAGO - The UIC volleyball team received 12 kills from junior Sara Sternard but could not find a rhythm offensively in a 3-0 loss (25-18, 25-19, 25-16) to Green Bay Saturday inside the Flames Athletic Center. Green Bay (8-8, 3-1 Horizon League) collected ten total blocks and seven service aces against UIC (5-13, 0-3 Horizon League).
The Phoenix hit at a .315 clip as a team while holding the Flames to a .087 attack percentage. Green Bay used five blocks and three aces in the first set to record a 25-18 win.
Sternard had five kills in the second set but the Phoenix had 15 kills and only two attack errors on their way to a 25-19 victory. UIC led 7-6 early in the third set following a block by Olivia Desormey but the Flames were held to seven kills in a 25-16 Green Bay win.
Sternard finished with a match-high 12 kills on 30 attempts for a .267 attack percentage. Over the last six matches, Sternard is hitting at an impressive .415 clip with 65 kills on 135 attempts. She also collected three block assists against the Phoenix and owns a team-high 52 blocks this season.
Senior MaryKate Imrie handed out 23 assists on UIC’s 27 kills and passed Inga Balzaras (3,213 – 1989-92) into fourth all-time in program history. Imrie now owns 3,215 career assists and needs 339 more assists this season to move into third all-time.
Senior Justine Garcia compiled 12 digs for her eighth consecutive double-digit dig performance. Garcia also added a service ace in the second set and now owns a team-high 22 aces this season. Garcia (902 career digs) reached the 900-career dig milestone in the third set and will pass the 1,000-career dig mark later this season if she continues at her current pace of 3.35 digs per set.
Freshman Kara Johnson had seven kills and leads UIC with 199 kills this season. Redshirt sophomore Tracy Friel recorded her 16th service ace of the season in the second set.
UIC swings through Ohio next weekend (Oct. 11-12) and continues Horizon League play against Cleveland State and Youngstown State. The Flames play Cleveland State Friday night at 6 p.m. and take on Youngstown State at 3 p.m. Saturday.