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    Nov. 15, 2012

    Tournament Notes Get Acrobat Reader

    CHICAGO -The second-seeded UIC volleyball team (18-12/10-4 Horizon League) begins postseason play at the Horizon League Championship Saturday at 5:30 p.m. (CT) inside the Woodling Gymnasium in Cleveland, Ohio. The Flames will challenge the highest remaining seed from the quarterfinal round.

    SCOUTING THE FLAMES: UIC (18-12/10-4 Horizon League) ... Janise Dismuke leads the team offensively with a hitting percentage of .336 - the second-highest in the Horizon League ... Kelsey Safranek has collected 355 kills in 113 sets, while Aubrey Sniegowski has 325 ... Maggie Strus has earned 555 digs on the season - the most single-season digs in program history ... MaryKate Imrie has handed out 1,260 helpers on the season - the most in the Horizon League at 11.05 per set.

    POST-SEASON ACCOLADES: Dismuke, Sniegowski and Imrie were named to the all-Horizon League team ... in 113 sets of play during the 2012 regular season, Dismuke collected a .336 hitting percentage - the highest on the team - with 289 kills (2.56 per set) and 119 total blocks ... she ranks second in the Horizon League with the .336 clip ... fifth overall in blocks at 1.05 per set, and holds three of the top-10 hitting percentage numbers in the League, include the top two ... atop the list is .812 from a 3-0 victory over Eastern Illinois on Oct. 3, followed by .762 from a win over Wright State on Sept. 22 ... Sniegowski has compiled a .267 hitting percentage with 325 kills and 75 total blocks during 114 sets of competition on the 2012 season ... in Horizon League matches, she is hitting at .279 and has captured 168 kills (3.05 per set) ... she collected career-high numbers Oct. 6 against Milwaukee. In the victory over the Panthers, Sniegowski captured 19 kills and seven block assists ... Imrie leads the Horizon League in assists with 114 (11.05 per set), and holds the most assists in a single match with 61 (versus Milwaukee on Oct. 6) ... holds the second-most double-double performances with 17, just one behind Milwaukee's Julie Kolinske, who has 18. She captured four consecutive double-double performances from Oct. 26 through Nov. 3.

    PLAYERS OF THE WEEK: Dismuke was awarded as the Horizon League Offensive Player of the Week on Oct. 9 following the .812 clip and posting .400 and .467 hitting percentages over Green Bay and Milwaukee, respectively ... she managed to hit at .400-or higher for five consecutive matches (Oct. 3-19) ... sophomore middle hitter Sara Sternard was selected as the Horizon League Offensive Player of the Week for the period of Nov. 5-11 ... she 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 ... 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.

    NO. 4 LOYOLA VERSUS NO. 5 GREEN BAY: Fourth-seeded Loyola and No. 5 Green Bay open the 2012 Horizon League Tournament in a quarterfinal match ... during the regular season, the two teams split decisions ... the Ramblers captured the first match, 3-2 (21-25, 28-30, 25-23, 25-23, 15-10) on Oct. 6 ... the Phoenix then won the second meeting, 3-0 (25-22, 25-22, 25-15) on Nov. 2.

    NO. 3 VALPARAISO VERSUS NO. 6 YOUNGSTOWN STATE: Third-seeded Valparaiso challenges No. 6 Youngstown State in the final quarterfinal match ... Valparaiso was victorious in both outings against the Penguins ... the Crusaders won 3-1 (22-25, 33-31, 25-17, 25-14) on Oct. 6 and 3-1 (25-22, 25-23, 23-25, 26-24) on Nov. 2.

    PROSPECTIVE SEMIFINAL OPPONENTS: UIC will face the highest remaining seed from the quarterfinal round ... UIC holds a 5-1 advantage over prospective opponents in No. 3 Valparaiso, No. 4 Loyola and No. 5 Green Bay ... UIC split decisions with Valparaiso ... the Flames defeated the Crusaders, 3-1 (25-20, 21-25, 26-24, 26-24) on Sept. 21, before dropping 3-1 (25-18, 25-23, 17-25, 25-22) during the second match on Oct. 20 ... UIC defeated Loyola 3-1 (25-22, 25-13, 16-25, 25-13) and 3-2 (22-25, 25-19, 25-21, 25-14) on Oct. 12 and Nov. 10, respectively ... UIC also posted a 2-0 record against Green Bay ... the Flames downed the Phoenix 3-0 (25-19, 25-21, 25-14) and 3-1 (12-25, 25-21, 25-23, 25-21) on Oct. 5 and Nov. 3, in that order.

    DOUBLE TROUBLE: Imrie has collected the second-most double-double performances in the Horizon League with 17 ... she had four consecutive double-double performances from Oct. 26 through Nov. 3.

    LAST TIME OUT: The Flames defeated Loyola Saturday (Nov. 10) inside the Flames Athletic Center ... the Flames rallied back and downed the Ramblers 3-2 (22-25, 25-19, 25-27, 26-24, 15-18) ... Sternard hit at .684 - a career-high - to lead the Flames ... Safranek had a double-double, including 13 kills and 14 digs ... Nicole Allgood had 12 kills and seven digs ... Strus and Justine Garcia had 19 and 17 digs, respectively.

    --UIC--