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    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
    When: Friday, Oct. 18 • 7 p.m. CST
    Location: Chicago, Ill. • Flames Athletic Center
    Series History: UIC leads 26-24
    Last Meeting: UIC won 3-0 (10/19/2012 at Wright State)
    Streak: UIC has won two straight meetings
    Live Video (Horizon League Network): HERE 
    Twitter: HERE 
    Live Stats: HERE

    Who: UIC vs. Oakland
    When: Saturday, Oct. 19 • 4 p.m. CST
    Location: Chicago, Ill. • Flames Athletic Center
    Series History: UIC leads 2-0
    Last Meeting: UIC won 2-0 (9/10/1983 at Michigan Tournament - Ann Arbor, Mich.)
    UIC has won the only two meetings
    Live Video (Horizon League Network): HERE 
    Twitter: HERE 
    Live Stats: HERE


    Wright State (6-17, 0-5 HL)
    Nickname: Raiders
    Conference: Horizon League
    Head Coach: Susan Clements (2nd season)
    2013 Preseason Poll: Predicted to finish 8th
    2012 Record: 2-30 overall, 0-14 Horizon League (8th)
    2013 Leader in:
    Kills – Heidi Splinter (248 kills)
    Assists – Emily Meng (672 assists)
    Aces – Haley Garr (21 aces)
    Digs – Miranda Puthoff (281 digs)
    Blocks - Haley Garr (51 blocks)


    Oakland (8-12, 2-3 HL)
    Nickname: Golden Grizzlies
    Conference: Horizon League
    Head Coach: Rob Beam (7th season)
    2013 Preseason Poll: Predicted to finish 4th
    2012 Record: 16-13 overall, 9-7 in the Summit League (4th)
    2013 Leader in:
    Kills - Cassie Pelloni (209 kills)
    Assists – Ciara Schultz (399 assists)
    Aces – Melissa Deatsch (32 aces)
    Digs – Taylor Humm (212 digs)
    Blocks – Amanda Baker (83 blocks)


    UIC held several leads throughout the match but Youngstown State recorded 15 total blocks and the Flames dropped a hard-fought 3-0 decision (25-23, 31-29, 25-20) Saturday afternoon (Oct. 12). UIC received 15 kills from junior Sara Sternard but Youngstown State slowed down the rest of the Flames’ offense.

    Junior Sara Sternard was named the Horizon League's "Offensive Player of the Week" for the period of Oct. 7-13, it was announced by the conference office Monday. This is the first such honor for UIC this season and Sternard’s third career Player of the Week award (Sept. 26, 2011 & Nov. 12, 2012).

    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.

    Senior MaryKate Imrie handed out 76 assists on UIC’s 90 kills last weekend and recorded two double-doubles in the process. Imrie is tied with freshman Kara Johnson for the team lead with three double-doubles this season. Her first double-double of 65 assists and 10 digs was against Marshall (Sept. 6).

    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).

    Senior Justine Garcia averaged 4.00 digs per set last weekend (32 total) and leads UIC with 250 digs this season. Garcia has recorded ten consecutive double-digit dig performances, including 17 against Cleveland State, which is two off her season high of 19 (vs. Elon, Aug. 30).

    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.

    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 matches and leads UIC with 213 kills this season. Johnson also helped the Flames defeat Cleveland State with four aces against the Vikings.

    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. 

    Freshman Casey Harris collected 11 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 51 total blocks in 63 sets played.

    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.

    Junior Maggie Strus set the program record with 600 digs last season and ranks second on UIC with 164 digs during the 2013 campaign. Strus compiled 11 digs against Youngstown State for her first double-digit effort since Sept. 28 against Valparaiso.

    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. 

    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 Youngstown State to boost her season total to 17, which ranks second best on the squad.

    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.

    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 owns 381 career kills and has recorded double-digit kills in ten 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 sixth highest kill total in the Horizon League this season.

    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.