Sept. 2, 2011
STORRS, Conn. - Behind 16 kills from junior Mattison Quayle (Los Angeles, Calif.) and 15 from senior Jordan Kirk (Plano, Texas) the University of Connecticut volleyball team opened up their 2011 home season with a 3-0 sweep over Holy Cross. Friday's match was part of the UConn Toyota Classic, as the Huskies will face Howard and Binghamton Saturday during the final day of the tournament.
Set scores of tonight's match were: 25-17, 25-11, 25-9.
During the first set the Huskies (2-2) and the Crusaders (2-2) battled back and forth until the midway point when freshman Devon Maugle (Plymouth Meeting, Pa.) stepped behind the end line and served seven straight points, giving UConn a 14-8 advantage. From that point on UConn held at least a three point lead, as Quayle had a team-high five kills during the set.
UConn dominated set two, jumping out to a 5-1 lead with kills from Kirk and Quayle and a Kelsey Maving (Tonawanda, N.Y.) service ace. The Huskies went on to post four straight points on a pair of Allison Nickel (Pittsford, N.Y.) kills to extend their lead to 12-6 before gaining a 22-9 advantage, including five kills from Quayle. Jackie Wattles (Liberty Hill, Texas) closed the frame with her fourth kill of the night, giving UConn the 25-11 victory.
The Huskies kept their momentum during the third and final set, as UConn came away with the 25-9 victory. Quayle had a team-high five kills during the final frame, including back-to-back points to give the Huskies a 14-5 advantage. UConn closed the set with four straight points, with kills from Cayla Broadwater (Williamsport, Md.) and Colby Billhardt (Darien, Conn.) and an Amy Christensen (Ashburn, Va.) service ace.
Angela Roidt (McFarland, Wis.) tallied 46 assists against the Crusaders, which marks a season-high for the junior. Maugle and Quayle each had a team-high nine digs, while Kirk, Roidt and Maving added seven each.
As a team, the Huskies posted a season-best .402 hitting percentage on a season-high 51 kills.
UConn will close out the UConn Toyota Classic Saturday (September 3) with a 12:30 p.m. match against Howard and a 7:30 p.m. contest against Binghamton.
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