Sept. 14, 2013
ATLANTA – Despite falling in straight sets at Georgia Tech (25-27, 18-25, 20-25), the UConn women’s volleyball team (5-5) came away champions of the 2013 Georgia Tech Courtyard Classic with a 2-1 record in the tournament. Junior captain Devon Maugle (Plymouth Meetings, Pa.) was named Tournament MVP, while classmate and fellow captain Brianna Datti (Durham, N.H.) was named Best Libero and classmate Karson Ratliff (Wake Forest, N.C.) joined them on the All-Tournament Team.
Against Georgia Tech, UConn was led by 11 kills from Maugle, as the outside hitter eclipsed 10 kills in each match of the tournament. Maugle also added nine digs, while sophomore Marissa Prinzbach (Cincinnati, Ohio) posted a 33-assist, 15-dig double-double. Datti led all players with 19 digs, while Ratliff notched eight kills on 26 swings for a .269 hitting percentage.
Also chipping in offensively for UConn were sophomore Immanuella Anagu (Culver City, Calif.) and Erika Thomas (Ocoee, Fla.), who picked up seven and six kills, respectively. Thomas also added four block assists, while Anagu picked up three. Rookie Jade Strawberry (Tallahassee, Fla.) posted six kills, four digs and four block assists.
Georgia Tech was led by 12 kills from Jennifer Percy, and All-Tournament Team member Quinn Evans who had five kills and nine total blocks. London Ackermann led the Yellow Jackets with 16 digs, and Kaleigh Colson added 28 assists.
UConn fell to Georgia Tech 27-25 in an intense first match. Georgia Tech took the early advantage when before Maugle’s second kill of the match tied the score at 5-5. The teams battled back and forth, with a kill by Ratliff resulting in a tied score of 9-9. Yellow Jackets took and maintained the lead with a 6 point run, taking an 18-14 advantage.
A three point run by UConn, led by Thomas with two kills, brought the Huskies back to within one at a score of 20-19. A UConn block by Strawberry a few plays later resulted in a 21-21 tied score. The two teams remained close, and a late 3 point run by the Huskies left the score tied at 25 before Georgia Tech finally pulled away, ending the set with a 27-25 defeat over UConn.
Georgia Tech took the second match 25-18 over UConn. An ace from Georgia Tech gave the Yellow Jackets an early 5-2 lead. Following a UConn timeout, UConn rallied for 4 points, including an ace delivered by Strawberry, obtaining its first lead of the match with a score of 6-5. The teams kept it close until a pair of back-to-back aces from Georgia Tech improved its lead to 13-10. Following a UConn timeout, the Yellow Jackets took a 16-11 advantage.
UConn responded with a three point rally of its own, ending with a block assist by Jade Strawberry and Immanuella Anagu, bringing them back into the game at 16-14. Shortly following was a 6 point run by Georgia Tech which left the Huskies trailing 22-16. Huskies were unable to regain the lead, falling to the Yellow Jackets 25-18 in the match.
UConn trailed Georgia Tech in the third match 20-25. UConn took an early lead with a kill by Ratliff followed by an ace by Datti brought the Huskies to a 2-1 advantage. Huskies maintained their lead with an 8 point run, consisting of three more kills from Ratliff and a block by Ratliff and Thomas improving UConn to a lead of 9-2.
Georgia Tech brought the score to a 11-11 tie and kept the game close until a later 5 point run by the Yellow Jackets, resulting in an advantage of 18-15 over the Huskies. Georgia Tech maintained the lead and went on to defeat UConn 25-20 in the match, resulting in a 3-0 sweep of the Huskies.
St. John's: Karin Pulgatova, Aleksandra Wachowicz
Troy: Marija Zelenovic
Georgia Tech: Chanell Clark-Bibbs, Quinn Evans
UConn: Karson Ratliff
MVP: UConn - Devon Mangle
Libero: UConn- Brianna Datti