Sept. 9, 2011
STORRS, Conn. - The UConn volleyball team opened the UNH Tournament with a 3-1 victory over Fairfield Friday night, as the Huskies were led offensively by the trio of Jordan Kirk (Plano, Texas), Mattison Quayle (Los Angeles, Calif.) and Allison Nickel (Pittsford, N.Y.). Kirk had a team-high 15 kills, while Quayle added 13 and Nickel posted a career-best 11 kills. With the win, the Huskies improve to 5-3 on the season, while Fairfield is now 2-6.
Junior Kelsey Maving (Tonawanda, N.Y.) led UConn's defensive efforts against the Stags, as she posted a season-best 30 digs. Friday's match marked the third time in her career that she has recorded 30 or more digs, also doing so once as a freshman and once as a sophomore.
Set scores Friday night were; 26-28, 25-10, 25-18 and 25-17.
After dropping a close first set, the Huskies came out firing during the second frame as they posted 14 of the first 16 points, including 11 straight to jump out to a 14-2 lead. Included in the first 14 UConn points, were seven from Quayle, as she had four kills and three service aces. The Huskies dominated throughout the remainder of the set, taking the 25-10 victory.
Behind four kills from Kirk and three from Quayle and Devon Maugle (Plymouth Meeting, Pa.), the Huskies were able to grind out a 25-18 victory during the third frame. UConn got out to a 9-3 lead and carried the momentum throughout the rest of the set as they would hold at least a two-point advantage the rest of the way. The Huskies closed out the frame with four straight points, including a pair of service aces from Angela Roidt (McFarland, Wis.).
UConn capitalized on three Fairfield errors to begin the fourth set, as the Huskies got out to a 3-0 lead and carried the set to the 25-17 victory. Five Huskies posted at least two kills during the final frame, as UConn posted a team hitting percentage of .303.
UConn will continue play at the UNH Tournament Saturday (Sept. 10), as the Huskies face Indiana State in a 10:00 a.m. contest and then play the host Wildcats in the tournament finale at 7:00 p.m. Live stats for both matches and a live webstream for the UConn-UNH match can be found on UConnHuskies.com.
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