TULSA, Okla. – For the second straight match, junior Danielle Cabel recorded a career-high 16 kills as the UConn volleyball team cruised to a three-set win over Tulsa on Sunday afternoon in the Reynolds Center.
The Huskies (13-4, 4-2 American) won their fourth conference match of the season with a 25-23, 25-14 and 25-20 sweep of the Golden Hurricane. Sophomore Emma Turner had 24 assists and redshirt freshman Kayla Williams had 16 digs in the win.
Two days after going without a block against SMU, the Huskies recorded eight team blocks against Tulsa – including four (solos and assists combined) from senior Hayley Cmajdalka and junior Tosin Adeniyi.
Cable had a match-high .652 hitting percentage, helping the Huskies to a .333 hitting percentage as a team to Tulsa’s .151. The Huskies had a 48-38 advantage in kills over the Golden Hurricane.
Cmajdalka had six kills and Cabel had five in the first set, leading UConn to the narrow 25-23 winning margin. A kill by senior Camille Evans was key late in the set, giving UConn a 24-22 lead.
A 12-4 run in the second set, capped off by a kill from junior Kenya Cason and a Tulsa timeout, helped give the Huskies a big lead - eventually leading to the 11-point win and a 2-0 match lead.
Despite a 5-0 deficit in the third set, the Huskies engineered a 7-2 stretch to tie the score, 7-7. Cabel had seven kills on nine attacks in the third set, which was won after Williams connected on a kill and Tulsa had an attack error.
The Huskies are 6-1 on the road this season, but will return home next weekend for the next round of American Athletic Conference matches. They play UCF on Friday afternoon at 4 p.m. prior to First Night in Gampel Pavilion.