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    Sept. 11, 2013

    HAWKEYE CHALLENGE INFORMATION PAGE

    2013 Season Statistics
    Video Highlights from UIC Invitational
    Photos from UIC Invitational
    Horizon League Statistics
    UIC Featured in Horizon League’s Weekend Review
    Sternard and Strus featured in Horizon League’s Weekly Recap
    2013 Prospectus

    CHICAGO – After hosting four consecutive matches, the UIC volleyball team hits the road this weekend for Iowa’s Hawkeye Challenge. The Flames (3-4) will play four matches over two days starting with a 10 a.m. matchup with Western Illinois on Friday (Sept. 13).

    The Flames, who also play Drake, Ball State and Iowa this weekend, most recently placed second in their own UIC Invitational (Sept. 6-7). UIC defeated Marshall (3-2) and Chicago State (3-1) but fell to Denver in the final match of the tournament.

    THE MATCHUPS

    Who: UIC vs. Western Illinois
    When: Friday, Sept. 13 • 10 a.m. CST
    Location: Iowa City, Iowa • Carver-Hawkeye Arena
    Series History: UIC leads 31-15
    Live Stats: HERE
    Twitter: HERE

    Who: UIC vs. Drake
    When: Friday, Sept. 13 • 5 p.m. CST
    Location: Iowa City, Iowa • Carver-Hawkeye Arena
    Series History: Series tied 3-3
    Live Stats: HERE
    Twitter: HERE

    Who: UIC vs. Ball State
    When: Saturday, Sept. 14 • 2 p.m. CST
    Location: Iowa City, Iowa • Carver-Hawkeye Arena
    Series History: UIC leads 9-2
    Live Stats: HERE
    Twitter: HERE

    Who: UIC vs. Iowa
    When: Saturday, Sept. 14 • 7 p.m. CST
    Location: Iowa City, Iowa • Carver-Hawkeye Arena
    Series History: UIC leads 3-2
    Live Stats: HERE
    Twitter: HERE

    A LOOK AT THE THE HAWKEYE CHALLENGE FIELD

    Western Illinois (3-5)
    Nickname:
    Fighting Leathernecks
    Conference: The Summit League
    Head Coach: April Hall (2nd season)
    2012 Record: 11-17 overall, 4-12 in The Summit League (8th place)
    2013 Leader in:
    Kills - Ann Miller (107 kills)
    Assists – Sarah Fetter (294 assists)
    Aces - Kaitlynn Novak (14 aces)
    Digs - Bailey Kaloupek (126 digs)
    Blocks – Mallory Gibson (23 blocks)

    Drake (1-6)
    Nickname: Bulldogs
    Conference: Missouri Valley
    Head Coach: Darrin McBroom (1st season)
    2012 Record: 5-24 overall, 4-14 in the Missouri Valley (8th place)
    2013 Leader in:
    Kills - Amanda Platte (79 kills)
    Assists – Rebecca Brown (171 assists)
    Aces - Samantha Meyers (6 aces)
    Digs - Sarah Madden (153 digs)
    Blocks – Cassie Effken (26 blocks)

    Ball State (4-3)
    Nickname: Cardinals
    Conference: Mid-American
    Head Coach: Steve Shondell (4th season)
    2012 Record: 14-17 overall, 7-9 in the Mid-American (5th in the West)
    2013 Leader in:
    Kills – Alex Fuelling (94 kills)
    Assists – Jacqui Seidel (187 assists)
    Aces – Kylee Baker (9 aces)
    Digs – Catie Fredrich (100 digs)
    Blocks – Hayley Benson (23 blocks)

    Iowa (5-1)
    Nickname: Hawkeyes
    Conference: Big Ten
    Head Coach: Sharon Dingman (6th season)
    2012 Record: 10-23 overall, 2-18 in the Big Ten (12th place)
    2013 Leader in:
    Kills – Alex Lovell (102 kills)
    Assists – Nikki Dailey (155 assists)
    Aces – Alessandra Dietz (27 blocks)
    Digs – Alessandra Dietz (8 aces) 
    Blocks – Bethany Yeager (124 digs)

    UIC MATCH NOTES

    LAST TIME OUT
    UIC split its matches with Chicago State (W, 3-1) and Denver (L, 3-0) Saturday (Sept. 7) on the final day of the UIC Invitational. The Flames (3-4) placed second overall in the tournament as Denver took home the team title. Marshall placed third and Chicago State finished fourth.

    IMRIE NAMED ALL-TOURNAMENT AT UIC INVITATIONAL
    For her efforts over the weekend, senior MaryKate Imrie was named to the All-Tournament Team at the UIC Invitational. Imrie finished the weekend with 143 assists, 21 digs, five kills, four total blocks and three service aces.

    In the five-set victory over Marshall, Imrie tied her career high with 65 assists and recorded her first double-double of the season with 10 digs. She dished out 42 assists in the four-set win over Chicago State and 36 assists against Denver.

    Imrie is averaging 11.36 assists per set this season, which leads all Horizon League players and ranks 22nd nationally. Her 65-assist performance against Marshall is the most in a single match in the Horizon League this season.

    Imrie currently ranks sixth in program history with 2,868 career assists. Imrie needs 288 more assists to move into fifth all-time in program history past Eva Svoboda (3,156 - 1992-95) and 345 assists to move into fourth ahead of Inga Balzaras (3,213 - 1989-92) . If Imrie continues at her current pace, she will finish her career third in program history with over 3,900 assists.

    STERNARD REACHES 500-CAREER KILL MILESTONE
    Junior Sara Sternard reached the 500-career kill milestone in the first set victory over Chicago State on Saturday. Sternard finished the week with 48 kills on 103 attempts for a stellar .320 attack percentage.

    Sternard, who owns 520 career kills, also posted two of the 10 most efficient performances in the Horizon League this season. She led UIC in kills against TCU (12 kills on 22 attempts - .500 attack percentage) and Denver (13 kills on 21 attempts - .476 attack percentage).

    Sternard currently ranks third in the Horizon League with a .339 attack percentage. Her 3.07 kills per set this season sits ninth in the Horizon League. Sternard ranks second on UIC with 86 kills and leads the squad with 21.0 total blocks. She needs 10 more total blocks to reach 200 in her career.

    Earlier this season, Sternard was named to the All-Tournament Team at the Naval Academy’s Kristen Dickmann Invitational (Aug. 30-31). Over three matches, she posted 38 kills on 74 attempts for a strong .365 attack percentage and collected eight total blocks.

    JOHNSON IMPRESSES EARLY 
    Freshman Kara Johnson has been a major offensive contributor for the Flames early in the 2013 campaign. She has posted double-digit kills in five of seven matches and leads UIC with 94 kills this season.

    She has taken a team-high 255 swings and her 63 attempts against Marshall are the most of any Horizon League player this season. Johnson’s 3.36 kills per set rank fifth in the Horizon League and second amongst all Horizon League freshmen.

    Johnson finished with 20 kills against Marshall, the most of any UIC player this season and the second highest Horizon League effort. The Champaign, Ill. native has also compiled 69 digs, which is third best on UIC. She owns three of UIC’s four double-doubles this season.

    STRUS PASSES 1,000-CAREER DIG MILESTONE
    Junior Maggie Strus set the program record with 600 digs last season and has picked up right where she left off. Strus ranks second on UIC with 73 digs this season and led the Flames with 3.31 digs per set last week. 

    Strus collected 22 digs in the five-set victory over Marshall, which is a season-high for any Flames player. Strus also reached the 1,000-career dig milestone against the Thundering Herd and now owns 1,025 career digs. On Saturday, Strus compiled 12 digs in consecutive matches against Chicago State and Denver.

    Strus needs 158 more digs to enter the program's Top 10. If Strus continues on her current pace, she will finish her career with over 1,260 career digs and rank fifth in program history.

    MCCOY SETS CAREER HIGH AGAINST MARSHALL
    In the five-set win over Marshall, junior Molly McCoy set a new career high with 19 kills on 35 attempts for a stellar .429 attack percentage. The performance ranks as the third highest kill total in the Horizon League this season. Her previous best of 17 kills came on Sept. 21, 2012 against Valparaiso.

    McCoy has recorded double-digit kills in six of UIC’s seven matches this season. She ranks third on the squad with 81 kills and her 3.00 kills per set sits tenth in the Horizon League.

    McCoy began the season with six straight double-digit kill performances and posted nine kills on 28 attempts against Denver. McCoy owns 305 career kills and will pass the 500-career kill milestone late in the season if she continues at her current pace.

    GARCIA CLOSES IN ON 1,000 CAREER DIGS
    Senior Justine Garcia was one of UIC’s top defensive players last season with 350 digs and has continued her strong play this season. She had 19 digs in the season-opening win over Elon and leads the Flames with 80 digs this season. Garcia currently owns 764 career digs and will pass the 1,000 career dig milestone late in the season if she continues at her current pace of 2.86 digs per set.

    Garcia has also been one of UIC’s top threats from the service line as her eight aces share the team lead with sophomore Tracy Friel. Garcia’s four service aces against Elon rank as the Horizon League’s second best performance this season.

    TOP TEAM MARKS LEAD HORIZON LEAGUE
    The Flames’ thrilling five-set victory over Marshall included the best offensive team performance in the Horizon League this season. UIC collected 73 assists on 76 kills, which are both high team marks in the League’s statistics.

    In the season-opening victory over Elon, UIC recorded 13 aces against the Phoenix. The 13 aces are the most in a match by any Horizon League program this season.

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