SYRACUSE, N.Y. – For the third straight season, the University of Connecticut volleyball team came away with a victory on opening day by beating Syracuse, 3-1, on Friday evening at the Women’s Building.
For the Huskies (1-0), it is their first win over the Orange since 2003. Junior Kenya Cason and redshirt freshman Kayla Williams led the way for UConn with 16 kills each, while senior Jade Strawberry added 14 of her own.
Junior Tosin Adeniyi had a team-best .545 hitting percentage, recording six kills in 11 attacks. Sophomore Emma Turner led the Huskies with 35 assists, serving as the offensive catalyst against the Orange.
UConn beat Syracuse despite four competitive sets, which resulted in scores of 25-23, 24-26, 25-23, and 25-22.
Down 9-1 in the third set and in danger of falling behind, UConn mounted an enormous comeback. A team hitting percentage of .244, led by Cason’s six kills and Turner’s 10 assists allowed the Huskies to go on a 24-14 run and never look back.
Cason’s final kill came off a set by senior Rebecca Rivera to win the match for the Huskies. UConn had 14 more attacks and eight more assists than Syracuse in the fourth and final set.
Sophomore Kennedy Arundel had a team-high 21 digs in the game, while Strawberry, Turner and Rivera each recorded a service ace.
UConn returns to the hardwood on Saturday to play Colgate, with first serve at 4 p.m. Follow @UConnVB on Twitter for further news and updates.