SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – The University of Connecticut volleyball team wrapped up the second day of the Dr. Mary Jo Wynn Invitational, hosted by Missouri State, with a 3-2 win over Nebraska-Omaha and a 3-1 loss to Northern Illinois. After a 2-2 weekend, the Huskies are now 6-5.
In the morning session, UConn won the first set over UNO (4-5) 25-14. The Mavericks won each of the next two sets by scores of 25-21 and 25-19. The Huskies sprung the comeback beginning in the fourth with a 25-20 win to force a deciding fifth set that went in UConn’s favor, 15-10.
The win marked the first five-set match of the season for Connecticut.
Sophomore outside hitter Devon Maugle (Plymouth Meeting, Pa.), selected to the All-Tournament Team, led all players with 18 kills and totaled 12 digs for her third double-double of the season. Senior outside hitter Mattison Quayle (Los Angeles, Calif.) also reach double digit kills with 11 to go with seven digs.
Natalie Ebke netted a team-high 12 kills for UNO, while Amy Roberts had 24 digs.
In the latter match, NIU (6-5) won the first set 25-17, but UConn was able to even the match out at a set apiece with a 26-24 win in the second. Northern Illinois pulled out the victory by taking the third and fourth sets with scores of 25-20 and 25-23, respectively.
Maugle posted her second double-double of the day with a 19-kill, 11-dig effort. Quayle also registered a double-double with 10 kills and 13 digs.
For NIU, MacKenzie Roddy led the way with 16 kills as Mary Kurisch and Sarah Angelos each had 15. Five players ended in double figures in digs for Northern Illinois; led by Amber Walker’s eight.
The Huskies are back in action when they host Harvard at 7:00 pm on Friday night for the opening match of the New England Classic.
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