STORRS, Conn. - The UConn volleyball team split a pair of decisions on day one of the Villanova Classic. The Huskies (5-4) first swept UAlbany (0-7) on Friday morning, before falling to host Villanova (5-3) in straight sets, 3-0, on Friday night.
Redshirt-sophomore Kayla Williams produced the teams only double-digit kill performance (10) in the squads three set loss to the Wildcats. Junior Kennedy Arundel’s 14 digs matched a game-high, while junior Emma Turner posted 25 assists. Additionally, redshirt-freshman Genna Florig had a nice showing on defense, recording five blocks on the night.
Despite four kills apiece from Williams and senior Kenya Cason, the Huskies were edged, 25-21, by the Wildcats. Villanova produced a hefty .389 hitting percentage and landed 17 kills as a team, compared to UConn’s 11. The two teams were even in total blocks with three, but the Huskies committed a handful of attacking errors which proved to be the difference.
The visitors turned in another 11 kills performance, led by Williams, but couldn’t find an answer for Villanova’s 17. Williams accounted for a little less than half the squad’s kills with five, while freshman Ally Barrett trailed closely behind with three of her own. UConn gained a slight lead early in the set, 5-4, but couldn’t hold out as the Wildcats climbed their way to a 27-19 win.
Arundel turned in her best defensive performance of the match with a team-best five kills. Junior Avery Spaziani recorded the team’s only ace, while Turner tallied all eight of the team’s assists. The Huskies fought hard but it wasn’t enough as Villanova walked away with the 25-15 victory.
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.