UIC Volleyball in Ohio for Golden Flashes Classic This Weekend

Senior Justine Garcia ranks second in the Horizon League with 0.33 aces per set (14 total)
Senior Justine Garcia ranks second in the Horizon League with 0.33 aces per set (14 total)

Sept. 18, 2013

2013 Season Statistics
Horizon League Statistics
Video Highlights from Hawkeye Challenge
UIC Featured in Horizon League’s Weekend Review
Johnson and Garcia featured in Horizon League’s Weekly Recap
Volleyball Featured in UIC News Publication
Photos from UIC Invitational (Sept. 6-7)

2013 Prospectus

CHICAGO – The UIC volleyball team will play in its final tournament this season when it hits the road this weekend for Kent State’s Golden Flashes Classic. The Flames (4-7) will play three matches over two days starting with a 4 p.m. matchup with Eastern Illinois on Friday (Sept. 20). 

The Flames, who also play Binghamton and Kent State this weekend, most recently competed in Iowa’s Hawkeye Challenge (Sept. 13-14). UIC defeated Drake but fell to Western Illinois, Ball State and Iowa.


Who: UIC vs. Eastern Illinois
When: Friday, Sept. 20 • 4 p.m. CST
Location: Kent, Ohio • Memorial Athletic and Convocation Center
Series History: UIC leads 20-14
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Live Stats: HERE
Live Video: HERE

Who: UIC vs. Binghamton
When: Saturday, Sept. 21 • 9 a.m. CST
Location: Kent, Ohio • Memorial Athletic and Convocation Center
Series History: UIC leads 1-0
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Live Stats: HERE
Live Video: HERE

Who: UIC vs. Kent State
When: Saturday, Sept. 21 • 6:30 p.m. CST
Location: Kent, Ohio • Memorial Athletic and Convocation Center
Series History: UIC leads 2-1
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Live Stats: HERE
Live Video: HERE


Eastern Illinois (4-6)
Nickname: Panthers
Conference: Ohio Valley
Head Coach: Kate Price (4th season)
2012 Record: 11 – 21 overall, 8-8 Ohio Valley (3rd in the West)
2013 Leader in:
Kills - Chelsea Lee (130 kills)
Assists – Marah Bradbury (371 assists)
Aces - Dakota Springer (11 aces)
Digs - Stephanie Wallace (119 digs)
Blocks – Stephanie Arnold (38 blocks)

Binghamton (2-8)
Nickname: Bearcats
Conference: America East
Head Coach: Glenn Kiriyama (15th Season)
2012 Record: 13-18 overall, 8-4 in the American East (T-2nd, won conference tournament, NCAA tournament appearance)
2013 Leader in:
Kills - Grace Vickers (98 kills)
Assists – Amanda Dettmann (318 assists)
Aces - Amanda Dettmann (13 aces)
Digs - Xiomara Ortiz (151 digs)
Blocks – Grace Vickers (29 blocks)

Kent State (3-6)
Nickname: Golden Flashes
Conference: Mid-American
Head Coach: Don Gromala (2nd season)
2012 Record: 6-22 overall, 3-13 in the Mid-American (6th in the East)
2013 Leader in:
Kills – Bianca Cifaldi (102 kills)
Assists – Aleksandra Nowak (303 assists)
Aces – Kelly Hutchison (six aces)
Digs – Hannah Herc (143 digs)
Blocks – Bridget Wilhelm (29 blocks)


UIC dropped matches with Ball State (L, 3-0) and Iowa (L, 3-1) Saturday (Sept. 14) on the final day of Iowa’s Hawkeye Challenge. Ball State (4-0) took home the team title while Iowa (3-1), Western Illinois (1-3), Drake (1-3) and UIC (1-3) rounded out the tournament field.

For her play over the weekend, junior Sara Sternard was named to the Hawkeye Challenge All-Tournament Team. Sternard recorded 27 kills, a team-high eight total blocks and two service aces over four matches.

This is the second all-tournament honor for Sternard in 2013. Sternard was also named to the All-Tournament Team at the Naval Academy’s Kristen Dickmann Invitational (Aug. 30-31).

In the four-set victory over Drake (Sept. 13), Sternard put down 11 kills on only 26 attempts to record a .308 attack percentage. The next day (Sept. 14), Sternard led the Flames with seven kills on 18 attempts against Ball State.

Sternard ranks third on UIC with 113 kills this season and tops the squad with a .263 attack percentage. Her .263 attack percentage also ranks seventh in the Horizon League. Sternard leads the team with 29 total blocks.

Sternard reached the 500-career kill milestone against Chicago State (Sept. 7) and now owns 547 career kills. Additionally, Sternard needs just two more total blocks to reach 200 in her career.

Senior MaryKate Imrie entered the 2013 season with 2,550 career assists and needs just three more to reach the 3,000-career assist milestone. Imrie has covered a lot of ground quickly this season because she leads the Horizon League and ranks 51st nationally with 10.64 assists per set.

Imrie’s 65-assist performance against Marshall (Sept. 6) is the most in a single match in the Horizon League this season. In the four-set win over Drake, Imrie collected 50 assists and three total blocks.

Imrie, who was named to the All-Tournament Team at the UIC Invitational (Sept. 6-7), currently ranks seventh in program history with 2,997 career assists. Imrie needs 160 more assists to move into sixth all-time in program history past Eva Svoboda (3,156 - 1992-95) and 163 assists to move into fifth ahead of Jessica Dalke (3,159 - 2008-10). If Imrie continues at her current pace, she will finish her career third in program history with over 3,850 assists.

Freshman Kara Johnson has been a major offensive contributor for the Flames early in the 2013 campaign. She has posted double-digit kills in seven of 11 matches and leads UIC with 135 kills this season.

Johnson finished with 18 kills on 51 attempts in the win over Drake. She also led UIC with 13 kills on 52 attempts against Iowa (Sept. 14) and ranked second on the squad with seven total blocks during the Hawkeye Challenge.

She has taken a team-high 416 swings and her 63 attempts against Marshall are the most of any Horizon League player this season. Johnson’s 3.21 kills per set rank sixth in the Horizon League and third 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 90 digs, which is third best on UIC. She owns three of UIC’s four double-doubles this season. 

Junior Maggie Strus set the program record with 600 digs last season and has picked up right where she left off. Strus tops UIC with 123 digs this season and passed the 1,000-career dig milestone against Marshall.

In the four-set victory over Drake, Strus compiled a season-high 24 digs. She finished the Hawkeye Challenge with a team-high 50 digs and 3.57 digs per set. Her 22 digs against Marshall is the third best five-set performance in the Horizon League this season.

Strus owns 1,075 career digs and needs 135 more digs to enter the program's Top 10. If Strus continues on her current pace, she will finish the season with over 1,300 career digs and rank sixth in program history entering her senior season.

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.

McCoy has recorded double-digit kills in eight of UIC’s 11 matches this season. She ranks second on the squad with 114 kills and her 2.92 kills per set sit ninth in the Horizon League.

McCoy was efficient in the win over Drake with 12 kills on 28 attempts for a .321 attack percentage. She added 10 kills on 27 attempts against Iowa. McCoy owns 338 career kills and will pass the 500-career kill milestone late in the season if she continues at her current pace.

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 compiled 16 digs in the win over Drake and ranks second on UIC with 120 digs. Garcia currently owns 804 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 UIC’s top threat from the service line as her 0.33 aces per set (14 total) ranks second in the Horizon League. Garcia’s four service aces against both Elon (Aug. 30) and Iowa rank as the Horizon League’s second best performance this season.

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.