Sept. 10, 2011
DURHAM, N.H. - With a three-set victory over New Hampshire at the Holly Young Invitational Saturday evening, the University of Connecticut volleyball team gave head coach Holly Strauss-O'Brienher 100th career victory. Strauss-O'Brien becomes the 10th active BIG EAST coach to reach the 100-win milestone.
The Huskies finished the weekend with a 2-1 record, and Mattison Quayle (Los Angeles, Calif.) and Angela Roidt(McFarland, Wis.) were named to the Holly Young Invitational All-Tournament team. Quayle had a team-high 30 kills on the weekend along with 17 digs, while Roidt tallied 90 assists and 24 digs.
After a back and forth beginning to the opening set against UNH, the Huskies were finally able to gain a four point advantage at the 23-19 mark, after a New Hampshire error and a Jordan Kirk(Plano, Texas) kill. The Wildcats were able to escape the first set point, but Kirk finally put the set away with her fifth kill of the match for the 25-22 UConn victory.
During the second frame, UConn fell behind during the middle of the set, but after four straight Husky points Connecticut was able to take a 16-13 lead. Two of the points during that stretch were off of UConn kills, one from Quayle and one from Jackie Wattles(Liberty Hill, Texas). The Huskies were able to post consecutive points twice more during the set, as Quayle closed the frame with her eighth kill of the night for the 25-20 UConn win.
Jordan Kirkopened the third and final set with three straight kills, giving UConn a 3-0 lead. The Huskies gave up just two UNH points before going on a seven point rally to gain a 12-2 advantage, including a Wattles kill and Kirk service ace. UConn controlled the rest of the set, earning a 25-11 victory, recording nine of the final 11 points.
Offensively, the Huskies were led by Kirk and Quayle against the Wildcats, as they posted 12 and 11 kills respectively. Kelsey Maving(Tonawanda, N.Y.) had a match-high 18 digs, while Roidt added 27 assists and 11 digs.
During UConn's first match of the day, the Huskies fell to Indiana State in three sets. Set scores against the Sycamores were 25-17, 25-19 and 25-18. Devon Maugle(Plymouth Meeting, Pa.) led the Huskies with 11 kills, recording her third double-digit kill match of the season, while Maving had a team-best 16 digs and Roidt tallied 24 assists.
The Huskies are back in action next weekend when they take part in the Hokie Classic which is hosted by Virginia Tech. UConn's first match of the weekend will be against UT-Chattanooga at 4:00 p.m. on Friday, September 16, while the Huskies will then play two matches on Saturday, September 17, facing Virginia at 1:00 p.m. and Virginia Tech at 7:00 p.m.