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    Senior Justine Garcia has recorded eight consecutive double-digit dig performances
    Senior Justine Garcia has recorded eight consecutive double-digit dig performances
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    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
    When: Friday, Oct. 11 • 6 p.m. CST
    Location: Cleveland, Ohio • Woodling Gymnasium
    Series History: UIC leads 40-22
    Last Meeting: CSU won 3-1 (11/18/2012 – Horizon League Championship match)
    CSU has won nine straight meetings
    Live Video (Horizon League Network): HERE 
    Twitter: HERE 
    Live Stats: HERE

    Who: UIC at Youngstown State
    When: Saturday, Oct. 12 • 3 p.m. CST
    Location: Youngstown, Ohio • Beeghly Center
    Series History: UIC leads 27-7
    Last Meeting: UIC won 3-0 (10/27/2012 @ UIC)
    Teams split two meetings last season, UIC won the most recent meeting
    Live Video (Horizon League Network): HERE 
    Twitter: HERE 
    Live Stats: HERE


    Cleveland State (12-4, 2-1 HL)
    Nickname: Vikings
    Conference: Horizon League
    Head Coach: Chuck Voss (14th season)
    2013 Preseason Poll: Predicted to finish 2nd
    2012 Record: 23-7 overall, 13-1 in Horizon League play (1st)
    2012 Postseason: Lost to Kansas, 3-1, in the first round of the NCAA Tournament
    2013 Leader in:
    Kills - Grace Kauth (177 kills)
    Assists - Dayna Roberts (369 assists)
    Aces - Annie Djukic (19 aces)
    Digs - Nikki Holmes (271 digs)
    Blocks - Kelly Kiger (68 blocks)


    Youngstown State (10-8, 2-1 HL)
    Nickname: Penguins
    Conference: Horizon League
    Head Coach: Mark Hardaway (2nd season)
    2013 Preseason Poll: Predicted to finish 7th
    2012 Record: 15-14 overall, 5-9 in Horizon League play (6th)
    2013 Leader in:
    Kills - Missy Hundelt (202 kills)
    Assists – Casey D'Ambrose (648 assists)
    Aces – Missy Hundelt (20 aces)
    Digs – Erika West (249 digs)
    Blocks – Jenna Cavanaugh (75 blocks)


    UIC received 12 kills from junior Sara Sternard but could not find a rhythm offensively in a 3-0 loss (25-18, 25-19, 25-16) to Green Bay Saturday (Oct. 5) inside the Flames Athletic Center. Green Bay collected ten total blocks and seven service aces against UIC.

    Senior MaryKate Imrie handed out 47 assists on UIC’s 56 kills last weekend and passed Inga Balzaras (3,213 – 1989-92) into fourth all-time in program history. Imrie, who owns 3,215 career assists, needs 339 more assists this season to move past Carlyn Fisk (3,553 - 1988-91) into third all-time. If Imrie continues at her current pace, she will finish her career third in program history with over 3,660 assists.

    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).

    Junior Sara Sternard put down 20 kills on 47 attempts last weekend and finished with a match-high 12 kills on 30 attempts against Green Bay. Over the last six matches, Sternard is hitting at an impressive .415 clip with 65 kills on 135 attempts.

    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.

    Senior Justine Garcia averaged 4.33 digs per set last weekend (26 digs overall) and leads UIC with 218 digs this season. Garcia has recorded eight 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 (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.

    Freshman Kara Johnson put down 14 kills last weekend 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 18 matches and leads UIC with 199 kills this season.

    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. 

    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 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.

    Junior Maggie Strus set the program record with 600 digs last season and ranks second on UIC with 146 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 1,098 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.

    Redshirt sophomore Tracy Friel began the 2013 campaign with four service aces against Elon and has been one of UIC’s top servers this season. Friel collected an ace against Green Bay to boost her season total to 16, which ranks second best on the squad.

    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.

    Freshman Casey Harris collected three blocks over the weekend and has been a major presence at the net for the Flames this season. She ranks second on the team with 40 total blocks in 55 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. 

    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.