Aug. 26, 2011
STORRS, Conn. – The University of Connecticut volleyball team opened up the 2011 season this evening, with a 3-0 victory over Grambling State in the TCU Tournament. The Huskies, who are 1-0 on the season, will now face Texas Tech and the host Horned Frogs during the second day of the tournament.
The Huskies controlled the match from the very beginning, posting a .337 team hitting percentage and tallying 44 total kills. Three Huskies posted double-digit kills, led by senior Jordan Kirk (Plano, Texas) who tallied 15 kills on a .519 hitting percentage. Jackie Wattles (Liberty Hill, Texas) recorded a career-high 11 kills (.348), while Mattison Quayle (Los Angeles, Calif.) added 10.
The Huskies held a lead during the entire first set, except for a 1-1 tie after the first two points of the match. UConn got out to a 17-4 lead, and was able to put the set away with three of the final eight points coming from Kirk as she posted a team-best six kills during the opening set. As a team, UConn had a .667 hitting percentage during the first set as the Huskies tallied 17 kills on 24 attempts.
Grambling State opened the second set with a 2-0 lead, but the Huskies tallied nine straight points to take a 9-2 lead and kept the Tigers at bay, as UConn went on to lead by five or more points for the remainder of the set. Kirk once again paced the Huskies during the second frame, posting six kills along with one block solo and one service ace.
The Tigers battled back during the final set, but it would not be enough as the Huskies capitalized on three Grambling State attack errors late in the set to take an 18-12 lead before claiming the frame with four straight points to end the match.
Junior Angela Roidt (McFarland, Wis.) ended the match with 34 assists, while Kirk and junior Kelsey Maving (Tonawanda, N.Y.) each tallied 10 digs to lead the UConn defense. A trio of Huskies posted two blocks on the evening, Roidt and Wattles each tallying two block assists, with Quayle adding one block solo and one block assist.
In her first match in a Husky uniform, freshman Devon Maugle (Plymouth Meeting, Pa.) had a successful night, posting four kills, eight digs and one block assist.
The Huskies will be in action again Saturday, as they take on Texas Tech at 11:30 a.m. EST and then face TCU in the tournament finale at 8:00 p.m. EST. Fans will be able to follow the Huskies via gametracker for both matches, while the TCU match will also be streamed live online. Links for gametracker and the webstream can be found on the UConn volleyball schedule page, or by CLICKING HERE.
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