Sept. 6, 2011
STORRS, Conn. - Despite a season-high 17 kills from senior Jordan Kirk (Plano, Texas) the University of Connecticut volleyball team dropped a four-set match to Sacred Heart Tuesday evening in Gampel Pavilion. The Huskies won the first set by a score of 25-21, while the Pioneers took the final three sets with scores of 27-25, 25-23 and 25-19.
Kirk, who recorded her third double-double of the season, also posted a career-high 18 digs on the night. Joining Kirk with a double-double against the Pioneers was junior Mattison Quayle (Los Angeles, Calif.) who tallied 10 kills and a season-best 11 digs.
The Huskies controlled much of the first set, as they got out to a 5-0 lead and allowed Sacred Heart to close the gap to one point just once throughout the entire frame. After SHU brought the score to 19-18 UConn, the Huskies were able to rattle off three straight points, including a Devon Maugle (Plymouth Meeting, Pa.) service ace, and extend their lead once again. UConn went on the close the set with Quayle's third kill of the match and take the 25-21 win.
After UConn earned a 15-10 advantage half way through the second set, Sacred Heart battled back to eventually take a 20-19 lead on a Pioneer service ace. From here, UConn was only able to regain the lead once, after forcing an SHU attack error. Sacred Heart closed the set with a pair of kills for the 27-25 victory.
The third set was much of the same, as both teams battled throughout the entire frame. The Huskies were able to hold off the first set point with a kill from Quayle, but the Pioneers responded with a kill of their own to take the 25-23 set win.
Sacred Heart continued its momentum during the fourth and final set, as the Pioneers allowed just nine UConn kills and came away with the 25-19 victory.
Junior Kelsey Maving (Tonawanda, N.Y.) recorded a team-high 20 digs against SHU, while Angela Roidt (McFarland, Wis.) posted 33 assists and Jackie Wattles (Liberty Hill, Texas) tallied a career-best four block assists.
The Huskies will now travel to Durham, N.H. this weekend (September 9&10) to take on Fairfield, Indiana State and UNH as part of the UNH Tournament. UConn's first match of the weekend will be on Friday (Sept. 9) against Fairfield at 4:30 p.m.