BATON ROUGE, La. – Bouncing back from a loss to Southern Miss on Friday night, the University of Connecticut volleyball team cruised to a straight-set win over Virginia in the final match of the LSU Tiger Classic on Saturday afternoon.
The Huskies (4-1) dominated the Cavaliers from the start, finishing the Tiger Classic with two victories in three matches at the Maravich Center. It is the first 4-1 start to a season for UConn since 2008.
Kayla Williams had a game-high 13 kills to lead the way, while sophomore Emma Turner had a game-high 24 assists. The Huskies had an attack percentage of .374, compared to Virginia’s .045 and a 44-19 advantage in kills.
With a 20-11 edge in the third set, UConn was cruising until Virginia went on a 10-2 run, making it 22-21. With the set at 24-23, Williams recorded her final kill to win the match.
It was the second set where UConn asserted its dominance, winning 25-7 as part of the final score of 25-19, 25-7 and 25-23. The Huskies jumped out to an 11-1 lead in the second and finished on a 10-1 run.
In each set, UConn started with a big lead to take control early. In the first set, it was a 7-1 lead that eventually disappeared when Virginia tied the set at 13-13. With an 18-15 lead, the Huskies won five of the next seven points on their way to closing out the set.
Senior Jade Strawberry had nine kills, while Hayley Cmajdalka added eight. Sophomore Kennedy Arundel had a game-high 12 digs and junior Kenya Cason contributed three service aces.
Cmajdalka and Williams were each named to the All-Tournament Team following the match with Virginia.
After two weekends on the road, the Huskies open play at home next Friday and Saturday as part of the Dog Pound Challenge. It takes place in Gampel Pavilion and info for the tournament can be found HERE.
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