Huskies Drop Five Set Thriller To Cornell

    UCONNHUSKIESDOTCOM Cayla Broadwater posted a career-high 14 kills against Cornell.
    Cayla Broadwater posted a career-high 14 kills against Cornell.

    Sept. 17, 2010

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    Hamilton, N.Y. - Despite setting season-highs in three categories, the University of Connecticut volleyball team dropped their first five-set match of the year to Cornell at the Colgate Invitational. UConn is now 2-6 on the season while Cornell improves to 2-5.

    Set scores were 24-26, 25-21, 25-19, 19-25, 17-15.

    As a team, UConn set season-highs in kills (59), assists (54) and service aces (15).

    Despite a rough start to set one, the Huskies were able to pull out a 26-24 victory to open the match after trailing for the first 12 points of the night.

    UConn rallied off four straight points with a pair of Cayla Broadwater (Williamsport, Md.) service aces and Cornell errors to take a 14-11 lead and never looked back as the closest the Big Red would get was 24-24.

    After Cornell was able to tie the first set at 24, UConn forced a Big Red service error to take the final lead and won on a Rebecca Murray (Carmel, Ind.) kill from Angela Roidt (McFarland, Wis.).

    After dropping the second and third sets the Huskies battled back to win set four and force their first five-set match of the year

    UConn and Cornell traded points during the first part of the fourth set, up until the Huskies went on a five point scoring run to take control of the set at 12-8 thanks to kills from Murray and Broadwater.

    The Huskies held at least a two point lead for the remainder of the set, and finished with an Allison Nickel (Pittsford, N.Y.) kill, her sixth of the night.

    During the fifth set Connecticut jumped out to a 3-0 lead, and would hold a lead just three more times (13-12, 14-13, 15-14) as Cornell battled back to win set five 17-15.

    Broadwater, Murray and Jordan Kirk (Plano, Texas) each posted 14 kills on the day, which is a career-high for Broadwater and season-highs for Murray and Kirk.

    Roidt tallied all but two of the Huskies assists, ended the match with a season-high 52, just four shy of her career-high.

    Kelsey Maving had a team-high 15 digs while Kirk and Morgan Freeman (Virginia Beach, Va.) each posted five blocks on the day.

    The Huskies continue the Colgate Invitational tomorrow (Sept. 18) facing Colgate at 1:00 p.m. and Akron at 4:00 p.m.