Aug. 27, 2011
FORT WORTH, Texas - The University of Connecticut volleyball team closed out the first weekend of action during the 2011 season this evening, as the Huskies ended the TCU Tournament with a 1-2 record. UConn defeated Grambling State and fell to Texas Tech and the host Horned Frogs.
Senior Jordan Kirk(Plano, Texas) was named to the TCU All-Tournament team after collecting 36 kills (.258 hitting percentage), 22 digs and three blocks on the weekend. Kirk had a weekend and team-high 15 kills against Grambling State and Texas Tech.
UConn vs. Texas Tech
The Huskies dropped their first match of the 2011 season Saturday afternoon, when UConn fell to Texas Tech, 3-0 in the TCU Tournament. Kirk had a team-high 15 kills against the Red Raiders, while freshman Devon Maugle (Plymouth Meeting, Pa.) had 13 kills on a .407 hitting percentage. Junior Kelsey Maving (Tonawanda, N.Y.) recorded a match-high 13 digs, and sophomore Jackie Wattles(Liberty Hill, Texas) posted a match-best four blocks, including one solo block.
During the opening set the Huskies held a lead until the middle of the frame, when they had a 16-15 lead. Texas Tech took over the lead for the first time during the match as they posted four straight points, gaining a 19-16 advantage. Behind a Maugle kill and a Red Raider error the Huskies were able to come back within one point at 19-18, but it would not be enough as Texas Tech went on to claim the first set, 25-19.
The Huskies and the Red Raiders battled back and forth throughout the entire second set, as they traded points for the majority of the frame. The Huskies, who were down 17-13, battled back with six straight points to take a 19-17 lead, including points off of a pair of Maugle kills. This would be the final lead for Connecticut during the second set though, as Texas Tech pulled out a 25-23 victory.
The final set was much of the same, as both teams traded points throughout the first half of the frame. Texas Tech was able to capitalize on three UConn errors midway through, jumping out to an 18-12 lead. From there, the Red Raiders held on to at least a four point lead to take the set and the match with a 25-21 victory.
UConn vs. TCU
The Huskies fell in the tournament finale Saturday evening, as TCU topped UConn, 3-0. Kirk and Wattles each posted six kills for UConn, while Maugle had a team-high 11 digs and Cayla Broadwater(Williamsport, Md.) had four blocks.
After losing the first set to the Horned Frogs 25-6, UConn fought back during the second frame but fell short, dropping the second set 25-16. The Huskies, who got out to a 4-1 lead, gave up four straight points midway through the set, as TCU held a 13-9 advantage. From that point on, the Horned Frogs held at least a four point lead to close out the set.
UConn pushed the Horned Frogs until the very end during the final set, as TCU edged out the Huskies, 25-23. Connecticut was able to get out to an 11-5 lead during the third frame, but the Horned Frogs were able to battle back to tie the set at 16-16, before taking a 20-19 lead. TCU put the set away with five points off of five kills.
UConn returns to action next weekend, when the Huskies will play in Gampel Pavilion for the first time during 2011. The UConn Toyota Classic will take place on Friday, September 2 and Saturday, September 3 as the Huskies will host Howard, Holy Cross and Binghamton. The first match for Connecticut will be Friday (September 2), as they will face Holy Cross at 7:30 p.m.