UIC Volleyball Swings Through Ohio This Weekend
Oct. 9, 2013
2013 Season Statistics
CHICAGO – The UIC volleyball team continues Horizon League play this weekend when the Flames swing through Ohio to play Cleveland State and Youngstown State. UIC (5-13, 0-3 Horizon League) takes on Cleveland State Friday at 6 p.m. and Youngstown State Saturday at 3 p.m. inside the Beeghly Center.
UIC concluded a four-match home stand last weekend (Oct. 4-5) and fell to Milwaukee (L, 3-0) and Green Bay (L, 3-0). Both Cleveland State (12-4) and Youngstown State (10-8) own 2-1 records in Horizon League play entering the third weekend of conference play.
UIC and Cleveland State met in the championship match of the 2012 Horizon League Tournament. The Flames posted a first-set victory but ultimately fell to the Vikings, 3-1, inside the Woodling Gymnasium in Cleveland. Cleveland State played Kansas in the first round of the 2012 NCAA Tournament and lost in four sets.
Who: UIC at Cleveland State
Who: UIC at Youngstown State
A LOOK AT CLEVELAND STATE
Cleveland State (12-4, 2-1 HL)
A LOOK AT YOUNGSTOWN STATE
Youngstown State (10-8, 2-1 HL)
UIC MATCH NOTES
LAST TIME OUT
IMRIE CLIMBS PROGRAM RANKINGS
Imrie ranks second in the Horizon League and 89th nationally with 10.23 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; PASSES 600 CAREER KILLS
Sternard’s .311 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 eighth most efficient performance.
Sternard is second on UIC with 183 kills and now owns 617 career kills. She reached the 500-career kill milestone against Chicago State (Sept. 7) and passed the 600-kill mark against Milwaukee. Sternard will reach the 700-kill milestone late in the season if she continues at her current pace of 2.82 kills per set.
Sternard passed the 200-career total block milestone against Eastern Illinois (Sept. 20) and has collected 20 total blocks over the past six matches. She leads the squad with 52 blocks this season. Sternard was also named to two all-tournament teams (Navy & Iowa) earlier this season.
GARCIA CLOSES IN ON 1,000 CAREER DIGS
Garcia (902 career digs) reached the 900-career dig milestone against Green Bay and will pass the 1,000-career dig mark later this season if she continues at her current pace of 3.35 digs per set. Her 3.35 digs per set currently sit ninth best in the Horizon League.
Garcia has also been UIC’s top threat from the service line as her 0.34 aces per set (22 total) ranks third in the Horizon League. Garcia’s four aces against both Elon and Iowa (Sept. 14) rank as the Horizon League’s third best serving performance.
JOHNSON IMPRESSES AS A FRESHMAN
Johnson has taken a team-high 634 swings and her 63 attempts against Marshall are the second most of any Horizon League player this season. Johnson’s 3.06 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 fifth highest Horizon League effort. The Champaign, Ill. native has also compiled 136 digs, which is third best on UIC. Johnson owns three of UIC’s five double-doubles this season.
McCoy has recorded double-digit kills in ten of UIC’s 18 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
Strus owns 1,098 career digs and needs 112 more digs to enter the program's Top 10. If Strus continues at her current pace (2.65 digs per set), she will enter her senior season with over 1,200 career digs.
Friel has collected seven aces over the past seven 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 133 digs.
HARRIS PUTS UP A BIG BLOCK
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.