UIC Volleyball Plays Host to Wright State and Oakland
Oct. 16, 2013
2013 Season Statistics
CHICAGO – The UIC volleyball team concludes the first half of Horizon League play this weekend when the Flames play host to Wright State and Oakland. UIC (6-14, 1-4 Horizon League) takes on Wright State Friday at 7 p.m. and Oakland Saturday at 4 p.m. inside the Flames Athletic Center.
UIC swung through Ohio last weekend and pick up its first Horizon League victory Friday (Oct. 11) at Cleveland State. The Flames played at Youngstown State Saturday (Oct. 12) and fell in three sets. For her efforts over the weekend, junior Sara Sternard (28 kills on 61 attempts) was named the Horizon League’s Offensive Player of the Week on Monday.
UIC swept Wright State last season and will be playing new league member Oakland for the first time since 1983. The Flames and Golden Grizzlies first met in 1980 (UIC 3-0) and again three years later in 1983 (UIC 2-0).
Who: UIC vs. Wright State
Who: UIC vs. Oakland
A LOOK AT WRIGHT STATE
Wright State (6-17, 0-5 HL)
A LOOK AT OAKLAND
Oakland (8-12, 2-3 HL)
UIC MATCH NOTES
LAST TIME OUT
STERNARD NAMED HORIZON LEAGUE OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Sternard put down 28 kills on 61 attempts for an impressive .393 attack percentage in road matches against Cleveland State and Youngstown State. Over the last eight matches, Sternard is hitting at a stellar .408 clip (93 kills on 196 attempts). She currently ranks third in the Horizon League with a .321 attack percentage and tenth with 2.89 kills per set.
Sternard is second on UIC with 211 kills and now owns 645 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 2.89 kills per set.
Sternard passed the 200-career total block milestone against Eastern Illinois (Sept. 20) and leads the squad with 57 blocks. Sternard was also named to two all-tournament teams (Navy & Iowa) earlier this season.
IMRIE COLLECTS A PAIR OF DOUBLE-DOUBLES
Imrie, who owns 3,291 career assists, needs 263 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 3,620 assists. Imrie ranks second in the Horizon League and 95th nationally with 10.15 assists per set.
Imrie’s 65-assist performance against Marshall 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).
GARCIA CLOSES IN ON 1,000 CAREER DIGS
Garcia (934 career digs) reached the 900-career dig milestone against Green Bay (Oct. 5) and will pass the 1,000-career dig mark later this season if she continues at her current pace of 3.42 digs per set. Her 3.42 digs per set currently sit eighth best in the Horizon League.
Garcia has also been UIC’s top threat from the service line as her 0.33 aces per set (24 total) ranks second 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 705 swings and her 63 attempts against Marshall are the second most of any Horizon League player this season. Johnson’s 2.92 kills per set rank eighth 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 156 digs, which is third best on UIC. Johnson has compiled two consecutive double-digit dig efforts and owns three of UIC’s seven double-doubles this season.
HARRIS PUTS UP A BIG BLOCK
Harris had nine block assists against Cleveland State to record the Horizon League’s third best block performance. She helped the Flames set a season high with 12 total team blocks. Harris ranks seventh in the conference with 1.06 blocks per set during league play.
STRUS PASSES 1,000-CAREER DIG MILESTONE
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 1,116 career digs and needs 94 more digs to enter the program's Top 10. If Strus continues at her current pace (2.60 digs per set), she will enter her senior season with over 1,200 career digs.
FRIEL DANGEROUS AT SERVICE LINE
Friel has collected eight aces over the past nine 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 148 digs.
MCCOY'S DOUBLE-DOUBLE AGAINST KENT STATE
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 sixth highest kill total in the Horizon League this season.
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.