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Huskies Split on Day One of Villanova Classic

Sept. 8, 2017

Final Stats

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.

Villanova Recap
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.

Set One
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.

Set Two
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.



Set Three
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.

UAlbany Recap
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.

Set One
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.

Set Two
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.

Set Three
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.

The Huskies are back in action on Saturday, Sept. 9 against Princeton (11:00 a.m.) in the final day of the tournament.