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Huskies Sweep Hawks In Dominant Home Opener

Jade Strawberry had a match-high 10 kills in the win

Sep 3, 2013

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STORRS, Conn. – The UConn women’s volleyball team (2-2) led early and often in a straight sets victory (25-21, 25-12, 25-17) over Hartford (1-4) on Tuesday night in the home opener at Gampel Pavilion. Freshman Jade Strawberry picked up the third double-double of her four-game career in the victory.

With the win, UConn evens its record on the year at 2-2, and improves to 9-0 in home openers under head coach Holly Strauss-O’Brien. The Huskies are now 17-3 in such games since moving to Gampel Pavilion in 1993, and go to 25-3 all-time against Hartford, including 14 straight victories against their westerly neighbors.

Strawberry (Tallahassee, Fla.) was the lone player to notch double-digit kills in the contest, posting 10 to go along with 10 digs. Erika Thomas (Ocoee, Fla.) added nine kills on 16 swings for the Huskies, while Karson Ratliff (Wake Forest, N.C.) chipped in five and four block assists. As a team, UConn picked up 18 block assists, led by five from Immanuella Anagu (Culver City, Calif.), for nine total team blocks.

Marissa Prinzbach (Cincinnati, Ohio) dished out a game-high 21 assists for Connecticut, also posting six digs and two service aces. Sophia Mar (Oakland, Calif.) added seven assists. Captains Brianna Datti (Durham, N.H.) and Devon Maugle (Plymouth Meetings, Pa.) led the way in digs, notching 14 and 13, respectively.

Dionna Kirton led Hartford with seven kills, while Jackie Tamburri dished out a team-high 19 assists. UConn held Hartford to an .009 hitting percentage, with the Hawks connecting on 29 kills on 112 attacks with 28 errors.

The Huskies jumped out to a quick start in the first set, leading from the get-go. Strawberry posted a game-high four kills on seven attacks, while Maugle chipped in a pair of kills as well. Prinzbach and Mar split setting duties in the set, combining for eight helpers on UConn’s eight kills in the set.

UConn came out fast again in the second set, pushing its early lead to 8-3 with big kills from Camille Evans and Anagu, before a Hartford timeout. The Huskies went up by as eight early in the set, leading to another Hawks timeout with the score 13-5.

Connecticut got its lead to double digits with a 5-0 run, putting the Huskies up by a score of 18-6. Hayley Cmajdalka’s first career block got it back to 12 at 20-8, and the Huskies led by as many as 14 before a Maugle kill closed out the set with a score of 25-12.

Hartford took an early advantage in the third set, going up 6-3. The Huskies battled back to tie it behind a strong serving rally from Strawberry, before jumping ahead 10-8 with a Thomas kill. UConn stretched its lead to four at 16-12, leading to Hartford’s first timeout of the set.

A Ratliff kill stretched the Huskies’ lead to six, and another from the junior got it to seven at 21-14. A Thomas kill made it eight, and Strawberry notched the match’s final kill

Up next, the Huskies host the 2013 UConn Classic on Friday, Sept. 6 and Saturday, Sept. 7. UConn will welcome Northeastern, Albany and Pittsburgh to Storrs for the tournament, beginning Friday at 5 p.m.