A Look Back On The 2012 Season|
Dec. 10, 2012
CHICAGO –The UIC volleyball team recorded one of its most memorable season’s to date. The Flames posted a 10-4 Horizon League record to earn a No. 2 seed in the Horizon League Championship and a quarterfinal round bye, while advancing to the championship match.
The Flames began conference play on a high note as the team defeated Valparaiso 3-1 (25-20, 21-25, 26-24, 26-24). The victory marked the first win over Valparaiso in the past nine meetings.
Prior to the opening conference match, the Flames posted a 6-8 record, before battling their way to a 13-5 (11-5 Horizon League) outcome down the stretch. The Flames compiled two five-match winning streaks once conference play began, including wins over Loyola in both runs.
UIC played host to the Ramblers in the final regular season match that honored its five seniors. Despite heading in to the break between the second and third set down 2-0, the Flames rallied back to capture a 3-2 victory over Loyola. The victory secured a No. 2 seed in the Horizon League Championship.
After Valparaiso defeated Youngstown State in the quarterfinal match, UIC faced Valparaiso in the semifinals. In another comeback rout, the Flames found themselves in a 2-0 deficit, but had just enough spark as they closed Valparaiso’s season 3-2 and advance to the championship match.
No. 2 UIC was slated to face top-seeded Cleveland State on its home court. The Vikings had only one Horizon League loss on the season, when they fell to Loyola, 3-0. Cleveland State had handled the Flames, 3-0 on Sept. 29 and then 3-1 on Oct. 26.
Despite the Vikings holding a 2-0 record over UIC on the season, the Flames came out strong and captured a first-set victory, 25-21. From there, Cleveland State edged UIC 25-23 and 28-26 in the second and third sets, respectively, before clinching the fourth set 25-20 for a 3-1 victory in the championship.
Heading in to the Horizon League Championship, seniors Janise Dismuke and Aubrey Sniegowski and junior MaryKate Imrie were named to the all-Horizon League team. Following tournament play, senior Kelsey Safranek and sophomore Maggie Strus were selected to the all-Horizon League Tournament squad.