Sara Sternard Earns Horizon League "Offensive Player Of The Week"

Sophomore Sara Sternard
Sophomore Sara Sternard

Nov. 12, 2012

INDIANAPOLIS – Sophomore middle hitter Sara Sternard has been selected as the Horizon League Offensive Player of the Week for the period of Nov. 5-11, it was announced by the League office Monday. The honor comes on the coat tails of career-high numbers.

Sternard bested her career-high .600 hitting percentage set against Green Bay on Sept. 24, 2011 with a .684 performance Saturday (Nov. 10) as UIC defeated Loyola, 3-2 to secure the No. 2 seed in the Horizon League Championship.

Sternard collected 13 kills on 19 attempts without a single error. Defensively, she recorded career-highs in block assists and total blocks with eight. Her previous bests were five blocks assists (at Green Bay on 9/24/11) and six total blocks at Youngstown State on Nov. 5, 2011.

Of Sternard’s 13 total kills, she had two in each set, while collecting five in the third set of play, where she hit at 1.000.

After earning the No. 2 seed in the Horizon League Championship, Sternard and the rest of the Flames received a first round bye. They will begin post-season play in the semifinals Saturday at 6:00 p.m. (CT) inside the Woodling Gymnasium in Cleveland, Ohio, and will face the highest remaining seed from the quarterfinals.