Oct. 11, 2013
STORRS, Conn. -- The University of Connecticut women's volleyball team (10-10, 1-4 American) won its first American Athletic Conference match of the season, defeating Rutgers (4-15, 0-5 American) in four sets (25-27, 25-20, 26-24, 25-13) on Friday night at Harry A. Gampel Pavilion.
Three Huskies recorded double-digit kills, as junior Karson Ratliff (Wake Forest, N.C.) led the team with 17 total kills. Immanuella Anagu (Culver City, Calif.) and Hayley Cmajdalka (College Station, Texas) each added 10, while Anagu totaled seven blocks to tie for the game-high. Sophomore Marissa Prinzbach (Cincinnati, Ohio) added 42 assists for UConn, just missing a double-double with nine digs. Sophomore Erika Thomas recorded a team-high three aces and four block assists.
Defensively, Brianna Datti (Durham, N.H.) led the way with 23 digs, while Amy Christensen (Ashburn, Va.) and Sophia Mar (Oakland, Calif.) each added 10. Madeline Kuppe (Palo Alto, Calif.) and Jackie Wattles (Liberty Hill, Texas) rounded out the UConn scoresheet, with Kuppe posting eight kills and Wattles notching three kills and three total blocks.
The first set was back-and-forth as neither team led by more than three points. Down 23-22, Ratliff came up with a kill to even the score up, and the Huskies had a chance to win the set after Ratliff and Thomas blocked a potential kill by Rutgers Sofi Cucuz. The Scarlet Knights won the next two points to even the match, and after two consecutive kills from Alex Lassa, took the set 27-25.
The Scarlet Knights jumped out to the early lead in the second set, pushing the score to 10-5 after a kill by Rutgers Alex Lassa. The Huskies fought back though, and an ace by Prinzbach evened the set at 13. UConn would capture the set after going on a 12-7 run to end it, earning the final two points on errors by the Scarlet Knights.
The third set featured several runs by both teams. UConn jumped out to a quick 4-0 lead in the third behind multiple kills by Ratliff. Rutgers responded, and an ace by Rutgers' Rachel Andreassian evened the score up at six. After a 14-6 run by the Scarlet Knights that gave them a 14-10 lead, the Huskies won seven of the next nine points to take a 17-16 lead.
After the Huskies evened the match at 23, UConn blocked a Rutgers' attack to get to set point. A kill by Cucuz evened the score, though after a kill from UConn's Jackie Wattles and a Rutgers error, Connecticut clinched the set.
The fourth set was another close contest as neither team was able to grab a substantial lead early. Back-to-back blocks by Anagu put the Huskies up 13-8, and an ace by the sophomore then pushed the lead to 18-10. The Huskies didn't look back, and a Rutgers serving error gave UConn the win.
Connecticut returns to action October 18th when it travels to Temple to take on the Owls. The match is set to start at 7 p.m.