Flames Open League Play with Saturday Matinee
Sept. 26, 2013
2013 Season Statistics
CHICAGO - The UIC volleyball team kicks off Horizon League play at 2 p.m. Saturday as the Flames play host to Valparaiso inside the Flames Athletic Center. Valparaiso was pegged as the preseason favorite to win the Horizon League title and enters Saturday’s matchup at 11-3 overall.
UIC (5-10) closed out pre-league play with a 3-0 home loss to DePaul Wednesday night. The Flames opened 2012 Horizon League play with a 3-1 home victory over the Crusaders (9/21/2012). UIC also eliminated Valpo from the 2012 Horizon League Championship semifinals with a come-from-behind, 3-2 victory (11/17/2012).
Who: UIC vs. Valparaiso
A LOOK AT VALPARAISO
UIC MATCH NOTES
LAST TIME OUT
STERNARD EFFICIENT AGAINST DEPAUL
Over the last three matches, Sternard is hitting at a .477 clip with 32 kills on 65 attempts and only one attack error. Her .301 attack percentage this season ranks fourth in the Horizon League. Sternard’s performance against TCU (12 kills on 22 attempts - .500 attack percentage) is the Horizon League’s seventh most efficient performance.
Sternard is second on UIC with 150 kills and now owns 584 career kills. She reached the 500-career kill milestone against Chicago State (Sept. 7).
Sternard passed the 200-career total block milestone against Eastern Illinois (Sept. 20) and has collected 15 total blocks over the past four matches. She leads the squad with 44 blocks this season. Sternard was also named to two all-tournament teams (Navy & Iowa) earlier this season.
IMRIE SET TO JUMP TWO SPOTS IN PROGRAM RANKINGS
Imrie leads the Horizon League and ranks 55th nationally with 10.45 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 (Sept. 13), Imrie collected 50 assists and three total blocks. Imrie has also been named to two all-tournament teams this season (UIC Invitational & Kent State).
JOHNSON IMPRESSES IN PRE-LEAGUE PLAY
Johnson has taken a team-high 549 swings and her 63 attempts against Marshall are the most of any Horizon League player this season. Johnson’s 3.18 kills per set rank fifth 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 third highest Horizon League effort. The Champaign, Ill. native has also compiled 115 digs, which is third best on UIC. Johnson owns three of UIC’s five double-doubles this season.
Garcia currently owns 861 career digs and will pass the 1,000-career dig milestone later this season if she continues at her current pace of 3.22 digs per set. Her 3.22 digs per set currently sits tenth best in the Horizon League.
Garcia has also been UIC’s top threat from the service line as her 0.33 aces per set (18 total) ranks second in the Horizon League. Garcia’s four service aces against both Elon and Iowa (Sept. 14) rank as the Horizon League’s second best performance.
MCCOY'S DOUBLE-DOUBLE AGAINST KENT STATE
McCoy has recorded double-digit kills in ten of UIC’s 15 matches this season. She ranks second on the squad with 150 kills and her 2.88 kills per set sit seventh in the Horizon League.
In the five-set win over Marshall, McCoy set a new career high with 19 kills on 35 attempts for a stellar .429 attack percentage. The performance ranks as the fourth highest kill total in the Horizon League this season. McCoy owns 374 career kills and will pass the 500-career kill milestone late in the season if she continues at her current pace.
STRUS PASSES 1,000-CAREER DIG MILESTONE
Strus owns 1,081 career digs and needs 129 more digs to enter the program's Top 10. If Strus continues on her current pace (2.87 digs per set), she will finish the season with over 1,250 career digs and rank sixth in program history entering her senior season.
Friel has been strong as of late as she has collected five aces over the past four matches. In the sweep over Binghamton (Sept. 21), Friel had one ace in the first set and two in the dominating third set victory. Friel has also been a major contributor on the backline as she ranks fourth on the squad with 110 digs.
HARRIS PUTS UP A BIG BLOCK
Harris has also been a major presence at the net for the Flames as she ranks second on the team with 32 total blocks in 45 sets played. Harris had two solo blocks and four block assists against Binghamton to record the Horizon League’s second best three-set block performance.
TOP TEAM MARKS LEAD HORIZON LEAGUE
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.