UIC Volleyball Eases Past Wright State, 3-0|
Oct. 18, 2013
CHICAGO – The UIC volleyball team received 15 kills from junior Sara Sternard and defeated Wright State 3-0 (25-21, 25-21, 25-23) Friday night inside the Flames Athletic Center. The Flames put down 43 kills while improving to 7-14 overall and 2-4 in the Horizon League.
Wright State (6-18, 0-6 Horizon League) was held to 33 kills and a .159 attack percentage in its third consecutive loss to UIC. The Raiders held a 22-20 advantage in the third set but allowed the Flames to score five out of the last six points of the match.
Sternard was named the Horizon League Offensive Player of the Week Monday and followed up the award with a match-high 15 kills on 26 attempts (.385 attack percentage). She put down six kills in both the first and third sets, including the final point of the match.
Sternard also added two of UIC’s seven service aces. Over the last nine matches, Sternard is hitting at a stellar .405 clip (108 kills on 222 attempts).
Senior MaryKate Imrie delivered an all-around solid effort with 33 assists, eight digs, two kills and two block assists. Imrie, who owns 3,324 career assists, handed out 12 assists in both the second and third sets.
Senior Justine Garcia recorded her 11th consecutive double-digit dig performance with a match-high 16 digs. She also added two service aces to boost her team-leading season total to 26.
Freshman Kara Johnson compiled eight kills, two service aces and 10 digs for her third consecutive double-digit dig effort. She owns six aces over the last three matches.
Junior Molly McCoy saw her first action since Sept. 28 and put down seven kills on 18 swings off the bench. Despite missing the last four matches, McCoy ranks third on the squad with 164 kills this season.
UIC ran out to a four point advantage in the first set before Wright State narrowed the lead to one at 16-15. The Flames responded by scoring six out of the next seven points and ultimately won the set, 25-21.
The second set featured big rallies by both squads. Wright State held a 12-9 advantage and UIC rallied to take a 16-13 lead. The Raiders would respond by tying the set at 18-18 before a five-point run by the Flames put the set out of reach.
Wright State held a 19-13 advantage in the third set following an eight-point rally with Ashley Langjahr serving. UIC fought back by scoring seven out of the next nine points to narrow the WSU lead to 21-20. Johnson’s third kill of the set gave the Flames a 23-22 advantage and Sternard’s 15th kill of the match sealed the sweep.
UIC seeks its third Horizon League victory when it plays host to Oakland Saturday afternoon. The match is scheduled to start at 4 p.m. inside the Flames Athletic Center. The Golden Grizzlies dropped a 3-1 decision at Valparaiso Friday night to fall to 8-13 overall and 2-4 in the Horizon League.