SouthtownStar Athletes on Campus: Aubrey Sniegowski, MaryKate Imrie honored by Horizon League
By Mike Walsh For Sun-Times Media December 21, 2012 8:42PM
MaryKate Imrie, of UIC. | Supplied photo
Updated: January 24, 2013 6:25AM
Two Southland residents on Illinois-Chicago’s women’s volleyball team earned places on the 2012 All-Horizon League Team.
Senior hitter Aubrey Sniegowski (Lemont) and junior setter MaryKate Imrie (Sandburg) were honored as the Flames had three athletes on the All-Horizon League Team. UIC was 10-4 in conference play this season.
Imrie led the Horizon League in assists (1,377) and assists per set (11.20). She also posted the top-two most assists in a single match with 63 in the five-set victory Nov. 17 over Valparaiso. She also dished out 61 assists in a five-set win Oct. 6 over Milwaukee. Imrie also led the Horizon League in double-doubles with 19.
Imrie added 337 digs and 44 kills this season as the Flames finished 19-13 overall.
Imrie also received an honorable mention spot on the American Volleyball Coaches Association’s All-Midwest Region Team.
“MaryKate is more than deserving of this award,” UIC coach Katie Schumacher-Cawley said in a statement. “She worked hard all season, and created great options for her attackers. I am happy for her and all of her accomplishments this season.”
Sniegowski finished the season with a .277 attack percentage, to go along with 363 kills, 68 digs and 77 blocks. In UIC’s Oct. 6 victory over Milwaukee, she had a career-best 19 kills.
Sniegowski also was lauded as the UICFlames.com Student-Athlete of the Week for the period ending Nov. 18. She led the Flames in total kills (38) and attacking percentage (.380) through two Horizon League Tournament matches during that period.
The senior had a career-high 20 kills in UIC’s semifinal win over No. 3-seed Valparaiso, posting a .375 attack percentage. In the Horizon League title match against No. 1-seed Cleveland State, Sniegowski led the Flames in kills with 18 and a .385 hitting percentage.
UIC reached the Horizon League title match for just the second time in school history (first since 2006). The Flames’ 10 conference wins were second-best total in program history and the 19 overall wins the most since 2002.
Quality at Quincy
Seton graduate Toryan Smith was one of four Quincy University football players to be named to the 2012 All-Great Lakes Valley Conference Second Team.
Smith, a senior defensive back who played the nickel position for the Hawks, was fourth on the team in tackles with 54 (36 solos), including three for losses. The Harvey resident had a season-high 10 tackles (8 solos) Sept. 22 at Urbana.