STORRS, Conn. (Sept. 20, 2008) – With a 3-1 win over Temple in the final game of the 2008 Toyota Classic, the University of Connecticut volleyball team secured the tournament title. The Huskies dropped the first set 25-12, but rattled off three-straight wins (25-23, 25-19, 25-17) to defeat the Owls in the final match of Sunday afternoon’s competition at Harry A. Gampel Pavilion.
Lauren Lamberti (Cary, Ill.) led four UConn players with 10 or more kills against Temple. Lamberti recorded a team-high 15 while Chauntay Mickens (Germantown, Md.) contributed 12 kills. Jordan Kirk (Plano, Texas) and Rebecca Murray (Carmel, Ind.) each had 10 apiece.
Tournament MVP Annie Luhrsen (Wheaton, Ill.) dished 46 assists and added 13 digs. Jessica Isaac (Erlanger, Ky.) also had a double-digit dig effort with 19.
Despite dropping the first set and allowing Temple (6-6) to challenge for a win in the second, the Huskies dominated the final two sets en route to the 3-1 victory. UConn took control of the third set and never allowed the Owls to tie the game. The lead never changed hands in the fourth set either while Temple was able to tie the score twice.
Joining Luhrsen on the Toyota Classic All-Tournament Team were teammates Megan Frey (Chaska, Minn.) and Lamberti. Frey posted the second-best hitting percentage on the team (.333) behind Lamberti’s match-best of .448 against the Owls.
Temple’s Cayleigh Ashman and Yun Yi Zhang were also named to the team along with Cornell’s Megan Mushovic and Maine’s Lindsay Allman.
Volleyball returns to the court with its first BIG EAST match of the season, hosting Louisville on Sept. 26. The match is set to begin at 7 p.m. at Gampel Pavilion.
· UConn recorded 10 services aces against Temple, the most the team had during the 2008 Toyota Classic.
· Megan Frey led UConn in hitting-percentage (.326) in the Toyota Classic, registering 17 kills.
· With 40 kills, Lauren Lamberti led the Huskies in that category edging out Chauntay Mickens’ 37 kill effort over 13 matches.
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