UIC Volleyball Falls in Three Sets at Valparaiso

Molly McCoy put down seven kills on 14 attempts in the third set
Molly McCoy put down seven kills on 14 attempts in the third set

Oct. 26, 2013

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VALPARAISO, Ind. – The UIC volleyball team (7-16, 2-6 Horizon League) began the second half of Horizon League play Saturday with a 3-0 loss (25-13, 25-11, 25-22) at Valparaiso (20-4, 7-1 Horizon League). The Crusaders put down 44 kills and held the Flames to a .038 attack percentage.

Juniors Sara Sternard and Molly McCoy both contributed nine kills to the Flames’ offensive attack. Sternard needed 31 attempts while McCoy accomplished her kill total with 24 swings.

Sternard leads UIC with 241 kills and owns 675 in her career. Sternard will reach the 700-kill milestone this season if she continues at her current pace of 2.94 kills per set.

McCoy had two kills through the first two sets but added seven kills on 14 attempts in the final frame. She ranks third on the squad with 180 kills and her 2.81 kills per set are a career high.

Freshman Kara Johnson added seven kills on 17 attempts, five digs and a service ace. Johnson ranks second on UIC this season in kills (231), third in digs (177) and third in aces (18).

Senior MaryKate Imrie collected 25 assists, seven digs, two kills and two blocks against Valparaiso. Imrie now owns 3,368 career assists and needs 186 more assists to move past Carlyn Fisk (3,553 - 1988-91) into third all-time in program history.

Junior Maggie Strus compiled a match-high nine digs and owns 1,131 in her career. Strus needs 79 more digs to enter the program's top 10.

Elsewhere on defense, senior Justine Garcia collected her team-leading 28th ace of the season and redshirt sophomore Tracy Friel compiled seven digs. Garcia ranks third in the Horizon League with 0.34 aces per set.

Over the first two sets, the Flames never held a lead and were limited to 15 kills. Garcia’s ace tied the third set at 9-9 but a four-point Valparaiso rally gave the Crusaders a 15-11 advantage. The Flames got within 24-22 on Johnson’s fifth kill of the set but Sarah Dooms’ 11th kill of the match sealed the sweep.

UIC stays on the road next weekend (Nov. 1-2) as Horizon League play continues against Green Bay and Milwaukee. The Flames take on Green Bay Friday night at 7 p.m. and match up with Milwaukee at 4 p.m. Saturday.