WEST POINT, N.Y. – In the final non-conference match of the season, the University of Connecticut volleyball team came up big when it counted – holding on for a five-set win over St. John’s in the West Point Invitational on Saturday afternoon.
For the third straight match, redshirt freshman Kayla Williams delivered 20 (or more) kills to lead the way for the Huskies (9-2). Junior Kenya Cason added 13 kills, while senior Camille Evans answered the call with 11 of her own.
After dropping the third and fourth sets to the Red Storm, UConn held on for the five-set victory – the first time this season that the Huskies have participated in a five-set match. The Huskies won, 25-17, 25-21, 17-25, 15-25, and 15-13.
Trailing 12-10 in the fifth set, UConn won five of the final six points – including two kills from Williams and one from Cason – to spoil the Red Storm’s comeback attempt.
The Huskies had a 28-17 advantage in kills in the first two sets, leading them to a 2-0 edge on Saturday. St. John’s was forced to play catch-up, which it managed to do by taking the next two sets. In the fourth set, the Red Storm had a .360 attack percentage.
In the decisive fifth set, the Huskies found an extra boost of energy when they needed it most – hanging on for its first victory over a Big East opponent since beating the Red Storm back in 2013.
UConn finishes the West Point Invitational with two wins in three matches, after beating Army on Friday night. American Athletic Conference play begins at home against Houston on Friday night at Gampel Pavilion. First serve is at 7 p.m. (ET).