Sept. 3, 2011
STORRS, Conn. - With a 3-0 sweep of the Binghamton Bearcats, the University of Connecticut volleyball team claimed the 2011 UConn Toyota Classic title Saturday evening. The Huskies defeated Holy Cross, Howard and the Bearcats en route to the championship over the past two days. Jordan Kirk (Plano, Texas) was named the tournament MVP, while Mattison Quayle (Los Angeles, Calif.) and Kelsey Maving(Tonawanda, N.Y.) joined her on the All-Tournament team.
On the weekend, Kirk had a team-high 35 kills and 20 digs, while Quayle had 33 kills, six service aces and 27 digs and Maving had a team-best 53 digs including 24 in the match against Binghamton.
UConn vs. Binghamton
Freshman Devon Maugle(Plymouth Meeting, Pa.) and Kirk led the UConn offense during the final match of the UConn Toyota Classic, Maugle posting 12 kills and Kirk recording 10. The Huskies also had a balanced defense against the Bearcats, with three Huskies posting double-digit digs. Kirk had her first double-double of the season as she added 10 digs, while Maving posted 24 and Quayle had 15.
Set scores of the Binghamton match were: 25-21, 25-13, 25-22.
UConn fell behind, 3-0 in the first set, but battled back to take the lead at the 7-6 mark and earned an 11-6 advantage with seven straight service points from Kirk. The Huskies held the lead from that point on, and came away with the 25-21 win.
The Bearcats and the Huskies battled throughout the beginning of the second frame, but after 10 straight service points from Quayle UConn was able to gain a 15-5 lead and storm through the remainder of the set, taking the 25-13 victory.
The final set was a battle for both teams, as UConn and Binghamton traded points throughout the match. UConn was finally able to gain a three point advantage at the 16-13 mark after a Bearcat error, and held the lead for the rest of the frame. After holding off a Bearcat run that brought Binghamton within one at 22-21, Kirk nailed a kill down the line to give UConn the momentum to take the final set, 25-22.
UConn vs. Howard
The Huskies posted their third 3-0 sweep of the season in their second match of the UConn Toyota Classic, as UConn defeated Howard, 25-18, 25-4 and 25-18. Kirk and Quayle each had a team-high 10 kills against the Bison, while Maugle and Allison Nickel(Pittsford, N.Y.) had six each.
Kirk and Quayle led the UConn offense during the opening set, as they each tallied five kills to give UConn the 25-18 win. The Huskies never trailed during the opening frame, and got out to a 15-9 lead halfway through the set. After Kirk and Quayle kills, UConn was able to put the first set away with a block assist by Jackie Wattles(Liberty Hill, Texas) and Quayle.
UConn cruised to a 25-4 victory during the second set, as Maugle served nine straight points for a 9-0 Husky lead. Howard was able to get one point on the board before Maving served seven straight points for the 17-1 advantage. Kirk closed out the frame with her 10th kill of the match for the 25-4 win.
After falling behind 4-0 in the third set, UConn regrouped and battled to eventually take a 12-9 lead with an Angela Roidt (McFarland, Wis.) service ace. The Huskies held a two point lead from that point on, and closed the set with a pair of Colby Billhardt (Darien, Conn.) kills and a Sage Esposito(Milford, Conn.) service ace to take the 25-18 win.
Roidt tallied 35 assists against the Bison, while Maving had a team-high 22 digs. Quayle led the Huskies' blocking efforts, as she posted three, including one block solo.
The Huskies return to action on Tuesday, September 6, when they host Sacred Heart in a midweek match-up. Tuesday's contest will begin at 7:00 p.m. in Gampel Pavilion and all fans in attendance will receive free pens and ID holders.
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