Aug 31, 2013
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FORT WAYNE, Ind. -- The UConn women’s volleyball team (1-1) picked up its first win of the season in impressive fashion, sweeping Duquesne (25-23, 25-15, 25-19) on Saturday morning in its second match of the IPFW Invitational. The Huskies conclude play in the tournament when they take on host IPFW tonight at 7:30 p.m.
Junior captain Devon Maugle (Plymouth Meetings, Pa.) led the way for the Huskies, posting a double-double with game-highs in kills (12) and digs (12). Immanuella Anagu added nine kills on 16 swings (.438 hitting percentage) and Jade Strawberry (Tallahassee, Fla.) and Erika Thomas (Ocoee, Fla.) chipped in eight and seven, respectively, both also hitting over .400. The duo both also added 2.5 blocks, one solo and three block assists, apiece.
As a team, the Huskies hit .314 on the day, connecting on 42 of 105 attacks. Marissa Prinzbach (Cincinnati, Ohio) led the way once again with 37 assists, giving her 92 over the first two tournament games. Tying for the game-high in digs with Maugle was her co-captain Brianna Datti (Durham, N.H.) who scooped 12, while Strawberry notched double digits for the second straight contest with 11.
UConn did not allow a Duquesne player to eclipse 10 kills, as Alison Foschia led the way with nine and Arielle Love and Marah Farage both posted six. The Dukes hit just .155 on the day, and posted 16 attack errors.
The Dukes (0-2) scored the first two points of the set, before back-to-back Maugle kills gave UConn its first lead of the match. The squads continued to trade leads early in the opening frame, with neither side grabbing more than a two-point advantage.
A 4-0 run by Duquesne gave it a 15-12 advantage, forcing a UConn timeout. The Huskies battled back to tie the set at 17-all, before they were able to jump ahead at 21-19 and force the Dukes to burn a timeout. The Dukes went back on top briefly, but three straight for Connecticut to close the set, capped by a huge block from Strawberry and Thomas, gave it a 25-23 first set victory.
The Huskies jumped out to a quick lead in the second set, scoring the first three points of the frame. UConn pushed its early advantage to five and kept it there, going up by as many as nine after a Strawberry service ace made it 19-10 and forced a DU timeout.
UConn didn’t let up after the stoppage, pushing its lead to double digits before a Duquesne rally forced a Husky timeout with a 23-15 lead. UConn had no trouble closing out the set after the stop, using a Thomas kill before a Duke error to win it 25-15.
The third set began similarly to the first; with the teams trading leads and ties in the early going. Consecutive kills from Anagu and Thomas gave UConn a 6-5 advantage, before a 5-1 run gave the Huskies a 12-7 lead and forced a Duquesne timeout.
The Dukes closed within one after the stoppage, forcing a UConn timeout with the Huskies up 15-14. Connecticut pushed its lead to six with six of seven points after it called time, going up 22-16 and forcing another Dukes timeout. Duquesne scored three of four after the stop, before a Maugle kill and a service ace from Courtney Crosby (Los Alamitos, Calif.) sealed the match for the Huskies.