UIC Volleyball Drops Road Match to Milwaukee

Junior Sara Sternard led the Flames with nine kills Saturday
Junior Sara Sternard led the Flames with nine kills Saturday

Nov. 2, 2013

Box Score

MILWAUKEE, Wis. – The UIC volleyball team ended its road trip through Wisconsin with a 3-0 loss (25-15, 25-21, 25-15) at Milwaukee Saturday afternoon. Milwaukee (14-9, 10-1 Horizon League) put down 49 kills against UIC (7-18, 2-8 Horizon League).

The Panthers hit at a .384 clip while holding the Flames to a .083 attack percentage. UIC led 10-9 in the first set following Casey Harris’ second kill of the frame. Milwaukee responded with a 16-5 run to pick up the 25-15 victory.

The Flames ran out to a 6-1 lead in the second set and tied the score at 13-13 following a 12-7 Milwaukee run. The Panthers followed with four consecutive points and never relinquished the lead in a 25-21 win.

Harris’ seventh kill of the match tied the third set at 6-6. However, Milwaukee controlled the rest of the set as the Panthers hit at a .467 clip and held the Flames to nine kills in a 25-15 victory.

Junior Sara Sternard put down a team-high nine kills on 23 attempts. Sternard owns 689 career kills and will reach the 700-kill milestone this season if she continues at her current pace of 2.90 kills per set.

Harris had seven kills on 14 attempts for a .286 attack percentage. Harris is fourth on the squad with 119 kills this season.

Junior Molly McCoy added seven kills on 20 attempts and is averaging 2.71 kills per set since returning to the lineup Oct. 18. McCoy is third on UIC with 195 kills this season.

MaryKate Imrie handed out 23 assists and now owns 3,415 in her career. She needs 139 assists over the last five matches of the season to move past Carlyn Fisk (3,553 - 1988-91) into third all-time in program history.

Junior Maggie Strus compiled a team-high eight digs and moved closer to entering the program’s all-time rankings. She owns 1,153 career digs and needs 57 more digs to rank tenth in program history.

Senior Justine Garcia had five digs and needs 24 more to reach the 1,000-career dig milestone. She also picked up three service aces to increase her team-leading total to 32. Elsewhere on defense, redshirt sophomore Tracy Friel added five digs and her 21st service ace of the season.

UIC takes its final break from Horizon League play Wednesday (Nov. 6) with a match at Loyola Chicago. The Ramblers left the Horizon League in July and joined the Missouri Valley Conference. Loyola Chicago is 9-15 overall and 4-8 in conference play.

The match is scheduled for 7 p.m. inside the Gentile Arena. The Flames won both meetings with the Ramblers last season.