VILLANOVA, Pa. - The UConn volleyball team swept UAlbany, 3-0, in game one of the Villanova Classic on Friday morning. Senior Kenya Cason recorded a match-high 13 kills in the squad's second consecutive three set sweep.
With the win, the Huskies improve to 5-2 overall and pick up their third sweep of 2017, while the Great Danes fall to 0-7 with the loss.
Senior Tosin Adeniyi put on her best performance of the fall, notching a season-high 11 kills on 15 total attacks for a .733 hitting percentage. Defensively, junior Elizabeth Kline turned in a season-best 12 digs, while junior Emma Turner led the way with 31 assists.
The Huskies were off to a fast start, as the team recorded 21 of the first 30 points in the set. UConn cruised to a quick 21-9 lead behind Adeniyi's five kills. Turner and junior Kennedy Arundel each added a pair of aces along the way, helping UConn off to a dominating lead. The Great Danes managed to put together an 8-4 run to close the gap, 24-17, before Adeniyi recorded her sixth kill of the set for the 25-17 victory.
UConn slid out to a 6-2 lead to begin the second set. Kline added to the Huskies offensive by serving five straight points, aiding the team's 9-2 run that gave UConn a 15-4 advantage. Led by Kline's six digs, the team was able to hold their opponents to just six points for the remainder of the set, as the Huskies went on to secure the 25-10 win.
The final set proved to be a rubber match as the two teams were knotted seven different times and saw four lead changes. This time it was UAlbany who got off to a hot start, leading UConn 6-2 right off the bat. The Huskies were able to lock the score 10-10 overall following to a kill by Cason. Junior Avery Spaziani went one to serve the team into three straight points for a 13-10 edge, forcing the Great Danes to call a time out. The score was matched once again at 18-18 before a block by redshirt-freshman Genna Florig and Cason gave UConn a 19-18 lead they would fail to relinquish, ultimately winning the set 25-10. Cason picked up a set-high eight kills in the rubber match.