MEMPHIS, Tenn. – Camille Evans and Kayla Williams combined for 21 kills on Friday night as the UConn volleyball team beat Memphis in straight sets – 25-19, 25-14, 30-28 – in American Athletic Conference action.
The Huskies (12-3, 3-1 American) showed resilience in the third set, coming back from a three-point deficit multiple times to dismiss the possibility of a fourth set. It is UConn’s seventh three-set win this season.
Evans had a match-high 11 kills on just 17 attacks, good for a hitting percentage of .588. Williams recorded her eighth double-double of the season with 10 kills and 15 digs, while junior Kenya Cason added 12 digs in the victory.
The Huskies had a team hitting percentage of .390 (51 kills in 100 attacks), compared to Memphis’ .208 (38 kills in 101 attacks). Catlin Lilly led the Tigers with 10 kills.
Tied 7-7 in the first set, the Huskies went on a 7-0 run – capped-off by a kill from Evans. After gaining the separation, UConn cruised to the first set win in front of a 600-plus crowd at the Roane Fieldhouse.
Early in the second set, the Huskies and Tigers were trading points until a 4-0 run gave UConn a 9-5 lead. Later in the game, sophomore Kennedy Arundel produced a service ace to give UConn its largest lead at 23-12, on its way to a 2-0 lead.
Trailing 24-22 in the third, junior Danielle Cabel recorded two straight kills to tie the set. On their fourth match point opportunity, the Huskies took the match after Memphis’ Brianna Kadiku had an attack error.
UConn returns to action next Friday to play at SMU, followed by a Sunday match with Tulsa. First serve is at 8 p.m. (ET) and 1 p.m. (ET), respectively.
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