STORRS, Conn. – The UConn volleyball team fell to Princeton, 3-1, on the final day of the Villanova Classic. The Huskies concluded the tournament 1-2 and now own a 4-3 mark so far in 2017.
Despite winning the first set, 25-21, Uconn would go on to lose the following three sets to the Tigers. Redshirt-freshman Kayla Williams headlined the offense with 16 kills and 13 digs for her first double-double of the season. Additionally, freshman Ally Barrett notched a season-best 12 kills in the outing. Junior Kennedy Arundel tallied 20 digs in the match and senior Tosin Adeniyi picked up four blocks.
UConn put on their best performance of the day in set one, boasting a match-high .310 hitting percentage on their way to a hard fought 25-21 win. Williams paced all players with seven kills in the set, while Arundel and Barrett recorded six and five digs, respectively. Play was a constant back and forth battle, marking seven different matches in score with five lead changes. Williams and Arundel each picked up an ace during the set.
Princeton jumped out to a strong 4-1 start thanks to a pair of kills from the Tigers and an attacking error by the Huskies. UConn was able to keep it a close game, 15-11, with a block by senior Tosin Adeniyi and junior Iman McGary, but a quick turn of events for Princeton would give them an 18-11 lead. The Huskies would continue to fight thanks to freshman Ally Barrett who served the squad four straight points to cut the deficit to 18-15. The Tigers offense would prove to be too much, as the visitors snuck past UConn 25-22 to even the match 1-1.
After Princeton got off to a slight early lead, Barrett was able to knot the score 3-3 with a kill for UConn. The Tigers retaliated by stringing together a 7-2 scoring run to pull ahead by a 10-5 score. Barrett and McGary led all Huskies with four kills apiece, while junior Elizabeth Kline picked up a set-high five digs. Princeton led for the entirety of the set, on their way to a 25-18 victory.
UConn grabbed the first two points of the final set behind back-to-back kills. The Huskies were able to extend their lead to 4-2 thanks to a kill by Adeniyi. The Tiger’s offense proved to be too much as they later went on a 10-1 run that aided them to a 12-5 advantage and causing the Huskies to call a timeout. UConn would fight but wouldn’t be able to regain the lead, as the Tiger walked away with a 25-17 victory.
The Huskies are back in action next weekend at the Bradley Invitational. UConn will play a pair of games on Friday, Sept. 16 (UMKC and Bradley) and conclude the invitational on Sept. 16 against Grand Canyon.
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