Sep 7, 2013
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STORRS, Conn. -- In an all-around dominant performance, the UConn women's volleyball team led from start to finish en route to a straight sets sweep (25-12, 25-15, 25-11) over Albany (0-5) in the UConn Classic on Saturday afternoon at Gampel Pavilion. With the win, the Huskies go to 1-1 in the tournament and 3-3 on the season.
The Huskies spread around their 36 kills in the victory, led by a match-high nine from junior captain Devon Maugle (Plymouth Meetings, Pa.), who also added seven digs and a pair of service aces. Freshman Camille Evans (Chicago, Ill.) had the best day of her young career, posting eight kills, two digs and three blocks assists in her first career start.
Marissa Prinzbach (Cincinnati, Ohio) and Sophia Mar (Oakland, Calif.) split setting duties in the match for UConn, tallying 16 and 10 assists, respectively. Prinzbach also scooped nine digs and picked up a pair of service aces. Brianna Datti (Durham, N.H.) led the way defensively, securing 11 digs while adding three assists and a trio of service aces.
Albany was led offensive by Olivia Schonewise, who picked up seven kills and seven digs. As a team, the Huskies held the Great Danes to an .077 hitting percentage, as UA connected on 22-of-91 attacks with 15 errors. Conversely, UConn hit .280, using 100 total attacks for its 36 kills and committing only eight errors.
Connecticut opened the match fast, grabbing a 10-4 lead in the first set with kills from Immanuella Anagu (Culver City, Calif.) and Erika Thomas (Ocoee, Fla.) before an early Albany timeout. UConn didn't slow up after the stoppage, scoring seven of the next nine points to go ahead 17-6 before another UA break. The Huskies finished off the first set with a flurry of kills, taking it 25-12 by using a pair of Maugle kills and one each from Evans and Prinzbach to end the set on a 4-1 run.
The second set began with promise for Albany, as it took an early 4-1 lead off a pair of Schonewise kills. The Huskies came storming back, tying the match at five before going ahead by a score of 9-6 with a kill from Anagu. The frame remained close, with Albany tying it at 11-all, before UConn went on a monster 7-0 run, punctuated by kills from Maugle, Anagu and Evans. Albany couldn't recover, succumbing in the second 25-15. Connecticut again closed the set with a barrage of kills, getting one from Thomas and two from Karson Ratliff (Wake Forest, N.C.).
The start of the third was all Connecticut, as the Huskies used a pair of kills from Madeline Kuppe (Palo Alto, Calif.) and a Maugle ace to force an Albany timeout which saw the Great Danes down 8-3. UConn kept coming, as another Kuppe kill and two from Evans made it 14-6, prompting UA's second timeout of the frame.
Consecutive Maugle kills stretched the UConn lead to 12, and the Great Danes would be behind double-digits for the remainder of the contest. Freshman Hayley Cmajdalka (College Station, Texas) came on let in the set for the Huskies, picking up two kills as UConn finished with four straight and clinched the sweep, 25-11.
The win marks the first for UConn against Albany, improving to 1-2 all-time against the Great Danes. The Huskies have not lost a set in two matches against America East opponents this year.
Connecticut closes the UConn Classic tonight when it takes on former BIG EAST rival Pittsburgh, now a member of the ACC. The Panthers have won their first two contests in the tournament, dispatching Albany and Northeastern. Match time for the finale is set for 7:30 p.m.