UIC Volleyball Lands Highly-Touted Western Michigan Transfer
Jan. 13, 2014
CHICAGO - UIC head volleyball coach Katie Schumacher-Cawley recently announced that junior Stephenee Yancy, an Aroma Park, Ill. native who spent the last two seasons with Western Michigan, will join the Flames for the 2014 campaign. Yancy, who has two years of eligibility remaining, has enrolled at UIC and will begin taking classes in the spring 2014 semester.
A 6-foot-2 middle blocker who graduated from Kankakee High School in 2012, Yancy appeared in 50 matches over the past two seasons in Kalamazoo and recorded 38 starts. She put down 469 kills (2.74 kills per set) with a stellar .298 attack percentage. Yancy also collected 134 total blocks over 171 sets played (0.78 blocks per set).
“I am very excited to have Stephenee join our team,” said Katie Schumacher-Cawley. “We are looking forward to having her be a part of UIC. She is a stellar student-athlete and we are excited to see her compete.”
Following a stellar freshman season in 2012 (198 kills, .261 attack percentage, 67 total blocks), Yancy was named the Mid-American Conference Freshman of the Year. She was also selected to join the 2013 USA Volleyball High Performance Indoor Women’s Junior A1 National Training Team Program.
Yancy was named to the 2013 Preseason All-MAC West Team and appeared in 21 matches last season (271 kills and 67 total blocks). She led the Broncos in kills per set (3.39) and attack percentage (.329) while placing second in blocks per set (0.84). Yancy’s kills average ranked sixth in the MAC while her attack percentage ranked seventh.
Yancy had the best weekend of her WMU career at the 2013 Bronco Classic (Aug. 30-31). In the tournament opener, she had 19 kills on 33 attempts to go along with six block assists against Northwestern. With Horizon League Player of the Year Rachel Neuberger across the net, Yancy put down a career-high 22 kills on 34 attempts for a .529 attack percentage against Milwaukee. Yancy concluded the weekend with 18 kills on 32 attempts over three sets against Oklahoma, who advanced to the second round of the NCAA Tournament.
Yancy had an outstanding performance against No. 5 Florida (Sept. 14) as she put down 20 kills on 31 attempts for a .613 attack percentage. Other notable performances include 16 kills on 24 attempts against New Orleans (Sept. 6), 16 kills against Georgetown (Sept. 14) and 18 kills against Western Kentucky (Sept. 21). She put down 15 kills on 27 attempts in a 3-0 sweep of Horizon League program Wright State (Sept. 20). In the 2013 MAC opener, Yancy had 20 kills against Northern Illinois (Sept. 26).
Prior to her time at Western Michigan, Yancy was among 14 players to be selected an AAU All-American at the 18 Club level. Yancy helped Chicago Ultimate G18 Gold take third place in their classification at the AAU Girls' Junior National Volleyball Championships in Orlando, an event featuring 1,700 teams from across the country.
A four-year letterwinner at Kankakee High School, Yancy holds school records for kills, blocks and points. Yancy was a two-time All-Area selection and also played basketball at Kankakee, where she was named All-Conference in 2009.
Yancy joins incoming freshmen Angela Evans (Elkins Park, Pa./Saint Basil Academy) and Kyisha Hunt (Kankakee, Ill./Bishop McNamara Catholic High School). Evans is a 6’0 middle blocker and Hunt is a 5’10 outside hitter. The Flames received National Letters of Intent from Evans and Hunt in late November.