UIC Volleyball Falls to Green Bay Friday Night
Nov. 1, 2013
GREEN BAY, Wis. – The UIC volleyball team began its weekend swing through Wisconsin with a 3-0 loss (25-20, 25-15, 25-18) at Green Bay Friday night. Green Bay (11-12, 6-4 Horizon League) collected 11 total blocks and five service aces against UIC (7-17, 2-7 Horizon League).
The Phoenix hit at a .311 clip as a team while holding the Flames to a .037 attack percentage. UIC put down two more kills than Green Bay in the first set (13-11) and held a 14-12 advantage following a kill by Kara Johnson. The Phoenix regained the lead but the Flames tied the score at 20-20 on Johnson’s fourth kill of the set. Green Bay responded with a 5-0 run to capture the set victory.
UIC held an early 7-4 lead in the second set but Green Bay used five blocks and four aces to finish the frame on a 21-11 run. UIC led 11-10 in the third set following a Sara Sternard kill but the Flames could not overcome Green Bay’s 16 kills at a .350 clip in a 25-18 loss.
Junior Molly McCoy put down a team-high eight kills on 25 attempts. McCoy missed four contests from Oct. 4-12 and returned to the lineup Oct. 18 against Wright State. Since returning to the lineup, McCoy has put down 31 kills over four matches and averaged 2.82 kills per set.
Junior Maggie Strus compiled a team-high 14 digs and moved closer to entering the program’s all-time rankings. She owns 1,145 career digs and needs 65 more digs to rank tenth in program history.
Elsewhere on defense, redshirt sophomore Tracy Friel added eight digs and a service ace. Friel has 173 digs and 20 aces this season.
Senior MaryKate Imrie handed out 24 assists and now owns 3,392 in her career. She needs 162 more assists to move past Carlyn Fisk (3,553 - 1988-91) into third all-time in program history.
Sternard had five kills to boost her career total to 680. Sternard will reach the 700-kill milestone this season if she continues at her current pace of 2.89 kills per set.
Senior Justine Garcia had six digs and needs 29 more to reach the 1,000-career dig milestone. She also picked up a service ace in the third set to increase her team-leading total to 29.
UIC stays in America's Dairyland tomorrow as the Flames play at Milwaukee. The match is scheduled to start at 4 p.m. inside the Klotsche Center. The Panthers lost in four sets to Valparaiso Friday night and now sit at 13-9 overall and 9-1 in the Horizon League.