UIC Volleyball Concludes Regular Season This Weekend
Nov. 13, 2013
CHICAGO - The UIC volleyball team (8-20, 3-9 Horizon League) concludes the regular season this weekend when the Flames play at Oakland (Nov. 15) and Wright State (Nov. 16). UIC is one win behind Cleveland State for the sixth and final spot of the Horizon League Championship. Cleveland State (14-11, 4-8 HL) plays host to Green Bay and Milwaukee this weekend.
UIC split home matches with these two programs in mid-October. UIC picked up its second Horizon League victory with a sweep over Wright State on Oct. 18 and dropped a three-set decision to Oakland the next day.
Who: UIC at Oakland
Who: UIC at Wright State
A LOOK AT OAKLAND
Oakland (13-14, 7-5 HL)
A LOOK AT WRIGHT STATE
Wright State (6-24, 0-12 HL)
UIC MATCH NOTES
LAST TIME OUT
UIC recorded its second-best offensive performance of the season but dropped a 3-1 decision (25-21, 25-23, 18-25, 25-22) to Cleveland State Saturday afternoon (Nov. 9). Cleveland State had 13 total blocks against UIC and regained the sixth spot of the Horizon League Championship.
UIC put down one more kill than Cleveland State (59-58) and recorded a better attack percentage (.248-.225). However, the Vikings used clutch blocks late in sets to capture the match win.
STERNARD AMONGST THE LEAGUE’S BEST
Junior Sara Sternard collected 21 kills and nine total blocks last weekend. Sternard currently ranks fifth in the Horizon League with a .291 attack percentage and seventh with 2.95 kills per set. During League play, Sternard ranks fifth in the conference with 3.07 kills per set.
Sternard leads UIC with 295 kills and owns 729 in her career. She had a career-high 19 kills against Loyola Chicago (Nov. 6) and passed the 700-career kill milestone in the process.
Sternard (244 career total blocks) passed the 200-career block milestone against Eastern Illinois (Sept. 20) and leads the squad with 75 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 82 assists last weekend and owns 3,546 career assists. She needs eight 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 third in the Horizon League with 9.96 assists per set. Imrie also ranks fifth on the squad with 186 digs and passed the 1,000 career dig mark (1,011 digs) against Youngstown State.
Imrie’s double-double against Youngstown State over the weekend (37 assists, 13 digs) is her team-high fourth double-double of the season. It is the first UIC double-double since Oct. 12, when Imrie accomplished the feat at Youngstown State (36 assists, 10 digs).
Imrie’s 65-assist performance against Marshall (Sept. 6) is the most in a single match in the Horizon League. Imrie has been named to two all-tournament teams this season (UIC Invitational & Kent State).
GARCIA PASSES 1,000 CAREER DIGS
Senior Justine Garcia had 22 digs over the weekend and leads UIC with 327 digs. Garcia owns 19 double-digit dig performances this season, including 11 straight from Sept. 14-Oct. 18.
Garcia reached the 1,000-career dig milestone against Cleveland State over the weekend. She compiled 13 digs against the Vikings and now owns 1,011 in her career. Garcia’s 3.27 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 0.32 aces per set (32 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 has been a solid offensive contributor for the Flames in her first season on campus as she ranks second on UIC with 277 kills. Johnson has taken a team-high 904 swings and her 63 attempts against Marshall are the second most of any Horizon League player this season.
Johnson put down 24 kills over the weekend, including 13 on 27 attempts for a season-high .333 attack percentage against Youngstown State. She owns three consecutive double-digit kill efforts and 13 overall this season.
Johnson finished with 20 kills against Marshall, the most of any UIC player this season. She also helped UIC pick up its first Horizon League victory at Cleveland State (Oct. 11) with four aces, the third highest five-set effort in League play.
The Champaign, Ill. native has compiled 204 digs, which is fourth best on the squad. Johnson has seven double-digit dig efforts this season and owns three of UIC’s eight double-doubles.
STRUS JOINS PROGRAM RANKINGS
Junior Maggie Strus set the program record with 600 digs last season and ranks second on the squad with 258 digs during the 2013 campaign. She led the Flames with 34 digs over the weekend.
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. She owns three 20-plus dig efforts this season, including 23 at Loyola Chicago.
Strus entered the program’s record book with a match-high 16 digs against Cleveland State. She now owns 1,210 career digs, which ranks tenth in UIC history. Strus can jump two spots in the rankings if she collects 14 digs over the final two matches of the season and three spots if she compiles 34 digs.
McCOY RETURNS TO LEAGUE RANKINGS
Junior Molly McCoy put down a team-high 27 kills on 70 attempts over the weekend. She had 17 kills on 38 attempts against Cleveland State, her highest output since a career-high 19 kills against Marshall.
McCoy’s 2.82 kills per set rank tenth best in the League. During League play, McCoy ranks eighth in the conference with 2.77 kills per set. McCoy missed four contests from Oct. 4-12 and returned to the lineup Oct. 18 against Wright State. Since her return, McCoy ranks second on the squad with 74 kills and 2.85 kills per set.
McCoy owns 455 career kills and has recorded double-digit kills in 12 matches, including six straight to start the season. She ranks third on the squad with 231 kills and her 2.82 kills per set are a career high. McCoy had 13 kills and 11 digs against Kent State (Sept. 21) for her first career double-double.
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 65 total blocks in 90 sets played. Harris had six total blocks over the weekend, including four against Cleveland State.
Harris had nine block assists at 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 31 blocks in 41 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 24 aces.
Friel owns eight aces over the last nine 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 third on the squad with 205 digs. She had 21 digs over the weekend and owns eight double-digit efforts this season.
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.