BATON ROUGE, La. – The University of Connecticut volleyball team earned a split in Friday’s doubleheader, beating LSU in the morning and falling to Southern Miss in the evening, on the first day of the Tiger Classic in the Maravich Center.
The loss to the Golden Eagles snapped the Huskies’ (3-1) three-game winning streak to start the season. Senior Jade Strawberry and redshirt-freshman Kayla Williams each had a team-high 11 kills in the straight-set loss.
UConn had a match-high .429 hitting percentage in the third set, but fell short by a 25-21 margin. In the first two, Southern Miss won a pair of closely-fought sets with 25-22 and 25-20 wins.
In the second set, the Huskies trailed by as many as nine (17-8) before narrowing the deficit to as little as three points. However, the Golden Eagles responded and were led by Stephany Purdue with a game-high 15 kills.
The Huskies wrap-up the LSU Tiger Classic on Saturday when they play Virginia at noon. The game can be followed on live stats or @UConnVB on Twitter.
In the first match of the LSU Tiger Classic, the University of Connecticut volleyball team beat LSU in straight sets – 25-20, 25-18 and 25-19 – to pick up its third straight victory to open the season.
The Huskies (3-0) dominated from the start, relying on junior Kenya Cason’s team-high 10 kills junior Tosin Adeniyi’s five blocks to lead the way. Sophomores Emma Turner and Kennedy Arundel added game-highs in assists (22) and digs (17), respectively.
UConn did not trail once in any of the three sets against LSU, taking commanding leads at the start of each. The Huskies led by as many as nine points in the first set, six points in the second and eight points in the third.
A 43-27 advantage in kills marks the third-straight game that the Huskies have generated a double-digit edge in kills over the opponent.