Flames Fall in Four Sets at Loyola Chicago

Sara Sternard set a career-high with 19 kills Wednesday night
Sara Sternard set a career-high with 19 kills Wednesday night

Nov. 6, 2013

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CHICAGO – Junior Sara Sternard put down a career-high 19 kills and the UIC volleyball team won the first set but the Flames dropped the final three sets in a 3-1 loss (22-25, 25-15, 25-21, 27-25) at Loyola Chicago Wednesday night. The loss drops UIC’s overall record to 7-19 on the season.

UIC put down one more kill than Loyola Chicago (58-57) but the Ramblers hit at a .282 clip while the Flames were held to a .155 attack percentage. Loyola Chicago (11-15) also collected 13 total blocks and six service aces.

The first set was tied at 10-10 before UIC scored eight out of the next nine points. Loyola Chicago trimmed the UIC lead to 23-22 but kills from Casey Harris and Olivia Desormey sealed the 25-22 set victory for the Flames.

Loyola Chicago forced nine UIC attack errors and collected three total blocks in a 25-15 second set victory. UIC led 17-14 in the third set on Sternard’s fifth kill of the frame. However, Loyola Chicago scored four straight and then captured seven out of the last 11 points of the set to pick up the 25-21 win.

UIC held a 15-9 advantage in the fourth set before Loyola Chicago tied the score at 18-18. The Flames responded with six out of the next eight points and led 24-20 on Kara Johnson’s third kill of the set. The Ramblers finished the set by scoring seven out of the next eight points and sealed the win with a dual block from Brittany Brown and Sami Hansen.

Sternard finished the match with 42 attempts and a .286 attack percentage. She had five kills in the third set and passed the 700-career kill milestone in the process. She now owns 708 career kills.

Senior MaryKate Imrie handed out 49 assists on UIC’s 58 kills. She owns 3,464 career assists and needs 90 more assists to move past Carlyn Fisk (3,553 - 1988-91) into third all-time in program history. Imrie also collected seven digs and raised her career total to 992.

Junior Maggie Strus got closer to joining the program rankings with a match-high 23 digs. Strus owns 1,176 career digs and needs 34 more to enter the program's Top 10.

Freshman Kara Johnson took a match-high 43 swings and finished with 15 kills. It is her 11th double-digit performance of the season and first since Sept. 28 against Valparaiso. Johnson also contributed seven digs, three block assists and two service aces.

Senior Justine Garcia had 13 digs and owns 989 in her career. Redshirt sophomore Tracy Friel added her 22nd ace of the season in the fourth set and junior Molly McCoy contributed nine kills on 36 attempts to the UIC offensive attack.

UIC returns home for the final time this weekend when the Flames play host to Youngstown State (Nov. 8) and Cleveland State (Nov. 9). The Flames will honor seniors MaryKate Imrie and Justine Garcia prior to Saturday’s match with Cleveland State.