UIC Volleyball Set to Honor Seniors This Weekend
Nov. 7, 2013
CHICAGO - The UIC volleyball team (7-19, 2-8 Horizon League) will honor its two seniors, MaryKate Imrie and Justine Garcia, this weekend when the Flames play host to Youngstown State (Nov. 8) and Cleveland State (Nov. 9). The careers of Imrie and Garcia will be celebrated prior to Saturday’s match, which begins at 4 p.m. inside the Flames Athletic Center.
UIC split road matches with these two programs in early October. UIC picked up its first Horizon League victory with a 3-2, come-from-behind victory at Cleveland State on Oct. 11 and dropped a three-set decision to Youngstown State the next day.
Who: UIC vs. Youngstown State
Who: UIC vs. Cleveland State
A LOOK AT YOUNGSTOWN STATE
Youngstown State (14-11, 6-4 HL)
A LOOK AT CLEVELAND STATE
Cleveland State (13-10, 3-7 HL)
UIC MATCH NOTES
LAST TIME OUT
Junior Sara Sternard put down a career-high 19 kills and UIC won the first set but the Flames dropped the final three sets in a 3-1 loss at Loyola Chicago Wednesday night. UIC put down one more kill than Loyola Chicago (58-57) but the Ramblers hit at a .282 clip while the Flames were held to a .155 attack percentage. Loyola Chicago also collected 13 total blocks and six service aces.
STERNARD SETS CAREER HIGH
Junior Sara Sternard put down a career-high 19 kills on 42 attempts with a .286 attack percentage against Loyola Chicago. She currently ranks third in the Horizon League with a .301 attack percentage and ninth with 2.98 kills per set. During League play, Sternard ranks fifth with 3.18 kills per set.
Sternard leads UIC with 274 kills and owns 708 in her career. She had five kills in the third set against Loyola Chicago and passed the 700-career kill milestone in the process.
Sternard (235 career total blocks) passed the 200-career block milestone against Eastern Illinois (Sept. 20) and leads the squad with 66 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 49 assists against Loyola Chicago and owns 3,464 career assists. She needs 90 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 3,600 assists. She ranks fourth in the Horizon League with 9.93 assists per set. Imrie also ranks fifth on the squad with 167 digs and has raised her career total to 992.
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 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 13 digs against Loyola Chicago and leads UIC with 305 digs this season. Garcia collected 11 straight double-digit dig performances from Sept. 14-Oct. 18.
Garcia (989 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 3.32 digs per set. Her 3.32 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 0.35 aces per set (32 total) ranks second in the Horizon League and 68th nationally. 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 has been a solid offensive contributor for the Flames in her first season on campus as she ranks second on UIC with 253 kills. Johnson has taken a team-high 846 swings and her 63 attempts against Marshall are the second most of any Horizon League player this season.
Johnson took a match-high 43 swings against Loyola Chicago and finished with 15 kills. It is her 11th double-digit performance of the season and first since Sept. 28 against Valparaiso.
Johnson finished with 20 kills against Marshall, the most of any UIC player this season. 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 194 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 nine kills on 36 attempts against Loyola Chicago. 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 47 kills over six matches and averaged 2.61 kills per set.
McCoy owns 428 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 204 kills and her 2.76 kills per set are a career high.
In the five-set win over Marshall, McCoy set a career high with 19 kills on 35 attempts for a stellar .429 attack percentage. 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 224 digs during the 2013 campaign. She led the Flames with a match-high 23 digs against Loyola Chicago.
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 1,176 career digs and needs 34 more digs to enter the program's Top 10. If Strus continues at her current pace (2.73 digs per set), she will enter her senior season with over 1,210 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 59 total blocks in 82 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 25 blocks in 33 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 22 aces.
Friel owns 13 aces over the past 15 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 184 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.