Oct. 6, 2013
TAMPA, Fla. – Marissa Prinzbach (Cincinnati, Ohio) picked up her team-high sixth double-double of the season in a losing effort for the UConn women’s volleyball team (8-10, 0-4 American) as the Huskies dropped a three-set decision (17-25, 20-25, 25-27) to the USF Bulls (8-9, 2-1 American) on Sunday afternoon at USF Corral.
Prinzbach notched team-highs with 24 assists and 13 digs for UConn, which didn’t have a player eclipse double-digit kills for the first time this season. Erika Thomas (Ocoee, Fla.) led the UConn attack with eight kills, and Camille Evans (Chicago, Ill.) added seven. Madeline Kuppe (Palo Alto, Calif.) had six kills, and Karson Ratliff (Wake Forest, N.C.) chipped in five.
Brianna Datti (Durham, N.H.) tied for Prinzbach with 13 digs, and Sage Esposito (Milford, Conn.) scooped 12. Sophia Mar (Oakland, Calif.) added eight to round out the UConn defensive leaders.
USF was led by 15 kills and 17 digs from Erin Fairs, while Natalia Soares also doubled up with 23 assists and 12 digs. Dakota Hampton led all players with 20 digs, also tallying seven kills.
USF jumped out to an early lead , but a Ratliff kill tied the opening frame at 6-6. UConn used its first timeout of the frame after USF jumped ahead 13-10, then burned another when the Bulls went ahead 16-11, the largest lead of the frame. The Bulls didn’t let the Huskies get much closer the rest of the set, and won it, 25-17.
The Huskies took an early 3-1 lead in the second set, and a Kuppe kill kept the advantage at 7-5. The Bulls responded with a 5-0 run to go up by three, forcing a UConn stoppage. Another Kuppe kill knotted the set up at 10, but the Bulls ran off another four straight to retake the lead. That distance was all USF needed to cruise through the rest of the set, holding off a late UConn run and taking it 25-20.
UConn jumped out to a 5-2 lead in the third set with an Evans kill, before USF battled back to pull even at 8-all. The Bulls then took the lead at 10-9, before Prinzbach snuck a kill over to knot it back up at 13. USF responded with three straight, taking a lead they would hold for much of the set.
With USF up 19-16, a Ratliff and Thomas block sparked a 6-1 UConn run that gave the Huskies a 22-20 lead and forced a pair of Bulls timeouts. A Strawberry kill made it 23-21 Huskies, before Connecticut took time with a one point lead after an attack error. USF came back after the timeout to tie it at 23, and the contest saw ties at the next three points before the Bulls sealed it, 27-25, to complete their sweep.
Up next, UConn closes out its non-conference slate with a Tuesday night showdown at Gampel Pavilion against Sacred Heart. Game time is set for 7 p.m.