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STORRS, Conn. –
The Huskies (7-1), now on a four-match winning streak, routed the Terriers, 25-18, 25-12, and 25-8 in the final tournament match at Gampel Pavilion. In three matches this weekend, UConn did not lose one set.
Redshirt freshman Kayla Williams was named the Dog Pound Challenge’s Most Valuable Player after recording a double-double of 12 kills and 10 digs against St. Francis. Williams had 40 kills in three games, averaging double-digit kills this weekend.
UConn had a 42-20 advantage in kills and 35-19 edge in assists over the Terriers, who managed just a .053 hitting percentage against the Husky defense. Sophomore Emma Turner had a team-high 14 assists in the win.
The most notable run of the game for UConn came in the second set, when senior Jade Strawberry recorded nine straight points on her service – giving the Huskies a commanding 16-4 lead.
The Huskies trailed just once in the match, after losing the first point of the second set. UConn dominated throughout, as four different players had a hitting percentage of .400 or higher for the tournament host.
In addition to leading in kills and digs, Williams also had a match-high four service aces. Senior Hayley Cmajdalka and junior Tosin Adeniyi combined for 15 kills in the match and each had an attack percentage of over .460.
UConn plays in the Army Invitational next weekend in West Point, N.Y. The Huskies will square-off with Albany (11 a.m.) and Army (5 p.m.) on Friday, with St. John’s (3 p.m.) on Saturday.
The Dog Pound Challenge All-Tournament Team was announced following Saturday’s match:
Kayla Williams (MVP) – UConn
Hayley Cmajdalka – UConn
Tosin Adeniyi – UConn
Brittani Steinberg – Yale
Claire Feeley – Yale
Ann Ernst – Loyola Maryland
Domenique Gerard – St. Francis Brooklyn