Flames Fight Tough in 3-0 Loss at Youngstown State|
Oct. 12, 2013
YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio - The UIC volleyball team held several leads throughout the match but Youngstown State recorded 15 total blocks and the Flames dropped a hard-fought 3-0 decision (25-23, 31-29, 25-20) Saturday afternoon. UIC (6-14, 1-4 Horizon League) received 15 kills from junior Sara Sternard but Youngstown State (11-9, 3-2 Horizon League) slowed down the rest of the Flames’ offense.
Sternard only needed 30 attempts to put down 15 kills for a .400 attack percentage. She had seven kills on 11 attempts in the first set. Sternard is hitting at an impressive .408 clip over the last eight matches (93 kills on 196 attempts).
Sophomore Melissa Nava recorded her fourth double-digit kill performance of the 2013 season with 11 kills on 26 attempts (.385 attack percentage). She put down seven kills on 11 attempts in the long second set.
Senior MaryKate Imrie recorded 36 assists and 10 digs for her second straight double-double performance. Imrie, who now owns 3,291 career assists, is tied with freshman Kara Johnson for the team lead with three double-doubles this season.
Senior Justine Garcia had 15 digs for her tenth straight double-digit performance and also added her team-leading 24th service ace of the season. Junior Maggie Strus compiled 11 digs and two service aces while Johnson added 10 digs for her second straight double-digit effort.
UIC led 22-19 in the first set following a Penguin attack error but YSU scored six out of the next seven points to record a 25-23 set victory. Both teams put down 16 kills in the first set but the Penguins' front line was strong with five total blocks.
The second set was tightly contested as it featured 12 ties and six lead changes. Nava’s seventh kill of the set gave UIC a 29-28 lead but YSU scored the next three points, including two on Johnson attack errors, to win the long set 31-29. Both squads recorded 17 kills but the Flames committed five more attack errors than the Penguins.
Garcia’s 24th service ace of the season tied the third set at 15-15 and Nava’s 11th kill of the match narrowed the YSU lead to 22-20. However, the Penguins recorded six blocks in the set and sealed the match victory with three consecutive points.
UIC concludes the first half of Horizon League play next weekend (Oct. 18-19) when the Flames play host to Wright State and Oakland. UIC takes on Wright State (6-16, 0-5 Horizon League) at 7 p.m. Friday and Oakland (8-11, 2-3 Horizon League) at 4 p.m. Saturday inside the Flames Athletic Center.