STORRS, Conn. –
The Huskies (6-1) dominated in both matches, including against the Bulldogs – a team that has won the Ivy League five times since 2010.
Wings of Freedom Animal Rescue provided the fun outside by bringing puppies for adoption, while the Huskies provided the excitement inside the arena.
Redshirt freshman Kayla Williams stole the show against Yale, recording a match-high and career-high 17 kills on 29 attacks (.448 hit percentage) as part of a 25-13, 25-12, 25-19 rout of the Bulldogs. Senior Jade Strawberry added nine kills in the win.
Despite a 5-0 deficit in the third set, the Huskies stormed back by winning 25 of the final 39 points to finish off the straight-set win. In the first two sets, UConn didn’t trail once. The Huskies led by as many as 10 in the first set and 11 in the second.
A big student section came out for the showdown with in-state Yale, giving a strong finish to the end of day one for the Huskies.
The Huskies got the Dog Pound Challenge started with a straight-set win over the Greyhounds - 25-16, 25-11, 25-14 – in the first of match of the day played at Gampel Pavilion, which began at 10 a.m. (ET).
Four different players had nine or more kills for UConn, including junior Danielle Cabel and redshirt-freshman Kayla Williams with a game-high 11 kills each. Senior Hayley Cmajdalka and junior Tosin Adeniyi added nine kills apiece.
UConn dominated the stat sheet, recording 49 kills to Loyola’s 19 and holding a 43-17 assists advantage. A team attack percentage of .361 was charged by Cmajdalka and Adeniyi, who each hit .615.
With an 8-7 lead in the first set, the Huskies went on a 10-3 run to take control. For the remainder of the match, UConn was in the lead.
UConn returns to action on Saturday in its final match of the Dog Pound Challenge against St. Francis Brooklyn. The match is tentatively scheduled for 1 p.m. (ET) in Gampel Pavilion. Yale will play Loyola Maryland at 11 a.m. (ET).