UIC Drops Home Match to Oakland Saturday|
Oct. 19, 2013
CHICAGO - The UIC volleyball team could not find a rhythm offensively in a 3-0 loss (25-14, 25-18, 25-17) to Oakland Saturday inside the Flames Athletic Center. Oakland (9-13, 3-4 Horizon League) collected five total blocks and 11 service aces against UIC (7-15, 2-5 Horizon League).
Junior Molly McCoy came off the bench to put down a team-high seven kills on 16 attempts. McCoy missed four matches due to injury and has 14 kills on 34 attempts in two contests since her return.
Junior Sara Sternard put down six kills on 17 attempts and also collected three total blocks. She leads the squad with 13 solo blocks and 61 total blocks this season.
Senior MaryKate Imrie collected 19 assists, five digs and three kills. Imrie, who owns 3,343 career assists, needs 211 more assists this season to move past Carlyn Fisk (3,553 - 1988-91) into third all-time in program history.
Senior Justine Garcia compiled a match-high nine digs and added her team-leading 27th service ace of the season in the second set. Garcia (959 career digs) needs 41 more digs this season to join the 1,000-career dig club.
The Golden Grizzlies hit at a .318 clip (41 kills on 88 attempts) as a team while holding the Flames to a .076 attack percentage (24 kills on 79 attempts). Oakland used two blocks and five aces in the first set to record a 25-14 win.
Sternard put down three kills in the second set but Oakland held UIC to nine kills in a 25-18 set victory. The Flames hit at a .348 clip (10 kills on 23 attempts) in the third set and held a 9-8 advantage following Imrie’s third kill of the match. However, the Golden Grizzlies collected five service aces in the set and finished the match on a 17-8 run.
UIC begins the second half of Horizon League play next Saturday (Oct. 26) with a match at Valparaiso. The Crusaders defeated Oakland and Wright State over the weekend to improve to 18-4 overall and 6-1 in the Horizon League.