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    Oct. 30, 2013

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    CHICAGO - The UIC volleyball team (7-16, 2-6 Horizon League) continues the second half of Horizon League play this weekend with a trip to Wisconsin. The Flames play at Green Bay Friday night at 7 p.m. and take on Milwaukee at 4 p.m. Saturday afternoon.

    UIC dropped a pair of home matches against Green Bay (10-12, 5-4 HL) and Milwaukee (13-8, 9-0 HL) earlier this month (Oct. 5-6). Green Bay’s Shannon Hurley (3.42 kps) and Leah Van Zeeland (3.20 kps) are 1-2 in the Horizon League’s kill rankings while Milwaukee’s Rachel Neuberger leads the League in attack percentage (.366).

    THE MATCHUPS

    Who: UIC at Green Bay
    When: Friday, Nov. 1 • 7 p.m. CST
    Location: Green Bay, Wis. • Kress Events Center
    Series History: UIC leads 34-17
    Last Meeting: UWGB won 3-0 (Oct. 5, 2013 @ UIC)
    Streak: 
    Green Bay won the last meeting
    Live Video (Horizon League Network): HERE
    Twitter: HERE
    Live Stats: HERE


     

     

    Who: UIC at Milwaukee
    When: Saturday, Nov. 2 • 4 p.m. CST
    Location: Milwaukee, Wis. • Klotsche Center
    Series History: Milwaukee leads 39-18
    Last Meeting: UWM won 3-0 (Oct. 4, 2013 @ UIC)
    Streak: 
    Milwaukee won the last meeting
    Live Video (Horizon League Network): HERE
    Twitter: HERE
    Live Stats: HERE

    A LOOK AT GREEN BAY

    Green Bay (10-12, 5-4 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 (272 kills)
    Assists - Emily Riese (904 assists)
    Aces - Becca Mastey (23 aces)
    Digs - Jillian Bauer (419 digs)
    Blocks - Katie Mroczenski (71 blocks)

    A LOOK AT MILWAUKEE

    Milwaukee (13-8, 9-0 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 (234 kills)
    Assists - Kayla Price (662 assists)
    Aces - Taylor Golabowski (18 aces)
    Digs - Taylor Golabowski (338 digs)
    Blocks - Rachel Neuberger (74 blocks)

    UIC MATCH NOTES

    LAST TIME OUT
    UIC began the second half of Horizon League play Saturday (Oct. 26) with a 3-0 loss (25-13, 25-11, 25-22) at Valparaiso. The Crusaders put down 44 kills and held the Flames to a .038 attack percentage.

    STERNARD AIMS FOR 700 CAREER KILLS
    Junior Sara Sternard put down nine kills on 31 attempts against Valparaiso. Over the last 11 matches, Sternard is hitting at a stellar .363 clip (123 kills on 270 attempts). She currently ranks third in the Horizon League with a .311 attack percentage and eighth with 2.94 kills per set. During League play, Sternard ranks fourth with 3.37 kills per set.

    Sternard leads UIC with 241 kills and owns 675 in her career. She reached the 500-career kill milestone against Chicago State (Sept. 7) and passed the 600-kill mark against Milwaukee (Oct. 4). Sternard will reach the 700-kill milestone this season if she continues at her current pace of 2.94 kills per set.

    Sternard (232 career total blocks) passed the 200-career block milestone against Eastern Illinois (Sept. 20) and leads the squad with 63 blocks. Sternard was named the Horizon League Offensive Player of the Week Oct. 14 and was selected to two all-tournament teams (Navy & Iowa) earlier this season.

    IMRIE’S CLIMB UP THE PROGRAM RANKINGS
    Senior MaryKate Imrie handed out 25 assists against Valparaiso and now owns 3,368 career assists. She needs 186 more assists to move past Carlyn Fisk (3,553 - 1988-91) into third all-time in program history.

    If Imrie continues at her current pace, she will finish her career with over 3,610 assists. She ranks fourth in the Horizon League with 9.98 assists per set.

    Imrie’s 65-assist performance against Marshall (Sept. 6) is the most in a single match in the Horizon League. She is tied with freshman Kara Johnson for the team lead with three double-doubles. Imrie has also been named to two all-tournament teams this season (UIC Invitational & Kent State).

    GARCIA CLOSES IN ON 1,000 CAREER DIGS
    Senior Justine Garcia had six digs against Valparaiso and leads UIC with 281 digs this season. Garcia collected 11 straight double-digit dig performances from Sept. 14-Oct. 18.

    Garcia (965 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 3.43 digs per set. Her 3.43 digs per set currently sit seventh best in the Horizon League.

    Garcia has also been UIC’s top threat from the service line as her 0.34 aces per set (28 total) ranks third in the Horizon League. Garcia’s four aces against both Elon (Aug. 30) and Iowa (Sept. 14) are the League’s second best four-set performances.

    JOHNSON IMPRESSES AS A FRESHMAN
    Freshman Kara Johnson put down seven kills against Valparaiso and has been a solid offensive contributor for the Flames in her first season on campus. She has posted double-digit kills in ten matches and ranks second on UIC with 231 kills.

    Johnson has taken a team-high 760 swings and her 63 attempts against Marshall are the second most of any Horizon League player this season. Johnson’s 2.82 kills per set are third 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. She helped UIC pick up its first Horizon League victory at Cleveland State (Oct. 11) with four aces, the third highest five-set effort in the league.

    The Champaign, Ill. native has compiled 177 digs, which is third best on the squad. Johnson recorded three straight double-digit dig efforts from Oct. 11-18 and owns three of UIC’s seven double-doubles.

    McCOY'S RETURN TO ACTION
    Junior Molly McCoy put down seven kills on 24 attempts against Valparaiso. McCoy had two kills through the first two sets but added seven kills on 14 attempts in the final frame.

    McCoy missed four contests from Oct. 4-12 and returned to the lineup Oct. 18 against Wright State. Since her return, McCoy has put down 23 kills over three matches and averaged 2.88 kills per set.

    McCoy owns 402 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 180 kills and her 2.81 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. McCoy had 13 kills and 11 digs against Kent State (Sept. 21) for her first career double-double.

    STRUS NEARS PROGRAM’S TOP 10
    Junior Maggie Strus set the program record with 600 digs last season and ranks second on the squad with 179 digs during the 2013 campaign. Strus passed the 1,000-career dig milestone against Marshall and her 24 digs against Drake (Sept. 13) is one of the best four-set performances in the Horizon League this season.

    Strus owns 1,131 career digs and needs 79 more digs to enter the program's Top 10. If Strus continues at her current pace (2.49 digs per set), she will enter her senior season with over 1,190 career digs. 

    HARRIS PUTS UP A BIG BLOCK
    Freshman Casey Harris has been a major presence at the net for the Flames this season. She ranks second on the team with 55 total blocks in 72 sets played.

    Harris had nine block assists against Cleveland State to record the Horizon League’s fourth best block performance. She helped the Flames set a season high with 12 total team blocks against the Vikings. Harris leads the squad with 23 blocks in 27 sets during League play.

    FRIEL DANGEROUS AT SERVICE LINE
    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. She ranks second on the squad with 19 aces.

    Friel owns ten aces over the past 12 contests. In the sweep over Binghamton (Sept. 21), she 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 165 digs.

    TOP TEAM MARKS LEAD HORIZON LEAGUE
    The Flames’ thrilling five-set victory over Marshall (Sept. 6) included the best offensive team performance in the Horizon League. 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 (Aug. 30), UIC recorded 13 aces against the Phoenix. The 13 aces are the most in a match by any Horizon League program this season.

     -UIC-