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    MaryKate Imrie (3,168 career assists) needs 46 more assists to move into fourth all-time in program history
     
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    Oct. 2, 2013

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    CHICAGO – The UIC volleyball team continues Horizon League play this weekend when the Flames play host to Milwaukee and Green Bay. UIC (5-11, 0-1 Horizon League) takes on Milwaukee Friday at 7 p.m. and returns to the Flames Athletic Center at 4 p.m. Saturday to matchup with Green Bay.

    UIC opened Horizon League play with a 3-1 home loss to Valparaiso Saturday (Sept. 28). Both Milwaukee (6-8, 2-0 HL) and Green Bay (7-7, 2-0 HL) recorded home wins over league foes Oakland and Wright State last weekend.

    THE MATCHUPS

    Who: UIC vs. Milwaukee
    When: Friday, Oct. 4 • 7 p.m. CST
    Location: Chicago, Ill. • Flames Athletic Center
    Series History: Milwaukee leads 38-18
    Last Meeting: UIC won 3-1 (Nov. 2, 2012)
    Streak: 
    UIC has won two straight meetings
    Live Video (Horizon League Network): HERE 
    Twitter: HERE 
    Live Stats: HERE

    Who: UIC vs. Green Bay
    When: Saturday, Oct. 5 • 4 p.m. CST
    Location: Chicago, Ill. • Flames Athletic Center
    Series History: UIC leads 34-16
    Last Meeting: UIC won 3-1 (Nov. 3, 2012)
    Streak: 
    UIC has won four straight meetings
    Live Video (Horizon League Network): HERE 
    Twitter: HERE 
    Live Stats: HERE

    A LOOK AT MILWAUKEE

    Milwaukee (6-8, 2-0 HL)
    Nickname: Panthers
    Conference: Horizon League
    Head Coach: Susie Johnson (7th season)
    2013 Preseason Poll: Predicted to finish 3rd
    2012 Record: 9-19 overall, 4-10 in the Horizon League (7th)
    2013 Leader in:
    Kills - Julie Kolinske (150 kills)
    Assists - Kayla Price (389 assists)
    Aces - Taylor Golabowski (13 aces)
    Digs - Taylor Golabowski (229 digs)
    Blocks - Rachel Neuberger (48 blocks)

    A LOOK AT GREEN BAY

    Green Bay (7-7, 2-0 HL)
    Nickname: Phoenix
    Conference: Horizon League
    Head Coach: Michaela Franklin (1st season)
    2013 Preseason Poll: Predicted to finish 6th
    2012 Record: 15-14 overall, 6-8 in the Horizon League (5th)
    2013 Leader in:
    Kills - Leah Van Zeeland (148 kills)
    Assists - Emily Riese (471 assists)
    Aces - Becca Mastey (11 aces)
    Digs - Jillian Bauer (231 digs)
    Blocks - Katie Mroczenski (47 blocks)

    UIC MATCH NOTES

    LAST TIME OUT
    UIC put down as many kills as Valparaiso (47) but the Flames were held to a .133 attack percentage in a 3-1 loss (25-20, 25-17, 19-25, 25-16) to the Crusaders Saturday afternoon. Valparaiso had five service aces and ten total blocks against UIC in the Horizon League opener for both schools.

    IMRIE JUMPS TWO SPOTS IN PROGRAM RANKINGS
    Senior MaryKate Imrie handed out 43 assists against Valparaiso and jumped two spots in the program rankings. Imrie’s 14 assists in the third set victory helped her pass Eva Svoboda (3,156 - 1992-95) and Jessica Dalke (3,159 - 2008-11) and move into fifth all-time in program history.

    Imrie, who owns 3,168 career assists, needs 46 more assists to move past Inga Balzaras (3,213 – 1989-92) into fourth all-time. If Imrie continues at her current pace, she will finish her career third in program history with over 3,800 assists.

    Imrie leads the Horizon League and ranks 62nd nationally with 10.47 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).

    STERNARD EFFICIENT; NEARS 600 CAREER KILLS
    Junior Sara Sternard only needed 23 attempts to collect 13 kills (.478 attack percentage) against Valparaiso. Over the last four matches, Sternard is hitting at an impressive .477 clip with 45 kills on 88 attempts.

    Sternard’s .312 attack percentage this season ranks third 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 163 kills and now owns 597 career kills. She reached the 500-career kill milestone against Chicago State (Sept. 7) and needs four more kills to pass the 600-career kill mark.

    Sternard passed the 200-career total block milestone against Eastern Illinois (Sept. 20) and has collected 18 total blocks over the past five matches. She leads the squad with 47 blocks this season. Sternard was also named to two all-tournament teams (Navy & Iowa) earlier this season.

    JOHNSON IMPRESSES AS A FRESHMAN
    Freshman Kara Johnson had 10 kills on 46 attempts against Valparaiso and has been a major offensive contributor for the Flames in her first season on campus. She has posted double-digit kills in ten of 16 matches and leads UIC with 185 kills this season.

    Johnson has taken a team-high 595 swings and her 63 attempts against Marshall are the second most of any Horizon League player this season. Johnson’s 3.14 kills per set rank seventh 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 124 digs, which is third best on UIC. Johnson owns three of UIC’s five double-doubles this season. 

    GARCIA CLOSES IN ON 1,000 CAREER DIGS
    Senior Justine Garcia collected a team-high 15 digs against Valparaiso and leads UIC with 192 digs this season. Garcia has recorded six consecutive double-digit dig performances, including 18 against Kent State (Sept. 21) which is one off her season high of 19 (vs. Elon, Aug. 30).

    Garcia currently owns 876 career digs and will pass the 1,000-career dig milestone later this season if she continues at her current pace of 3.25 digs per set. Her 3.25 digs per set currently sit tenth best in the Horizon League.

    Garcia has also been UIC’s top threat from the service line as her 0.32 aces per set (19 total) ranks third 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
    Junior Molly McCoy put down 13 kills on 31 attempts against Kent State (Sept. 21) and also collected 11 digs for her first career double-double. McCoy’s double-double is the fifth for UIC this season and first since Sept. 7 (Kara Johnson vs. Chicago State).

    McCoy has recorded double-digit kills in ten of UIC’s 16 matches, including six straight to start the season. She ranks third on the squad with 157 kills and her 2.80 kills per set are a career high.

    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 381 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
    Junior Maggie Strus set the program record with 600 digs last season and ranks second on UIC with 139 digs during the 2013 campaign. Strus passed the 1,000-career dig milestone against Marshall and her 24 digs against Drake is one of the best four-set performances in the Horizon League this season.

    Strus owns 1,091 career digs and needs 119 more digs to enter the program's Top 10. If Strus continues at her current pace (2.84 digs per set), she will finish the season with over 1,230 career digs and rank eighth in program history entering her senior season.

    FRIEL DANGEROUS AT SERVICE LINE
    Sophomore Tracy Friel began the 2013 campaign with four service aces against Elon and has been one of the Horizon League’s top servers this season. Friel currently owns 15 aces and ranks tenth in the Horizon League with 0.25 aces per set.

    Friel has been strong as of late as she has collected six aces over the past five 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 122 digs.

    HARRIS PUTS UP A BIG BLOCK
    Freshman Casey Harris collected five block assists against Marshall and has been a major presence at the net for the Flames this season. She ranks second on the team with 37 total blocks in 49 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
    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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