Oct. 14, 2012
STORRS, Conn. – With a chance to go up two sets to none, the University of Connecticut volleyball team was unable to convert on four-straight set points and Louisville came back to score six straight point en route to a 26-24 victory in the third set and an eventual 3-1 win at Gampel Pavilion on Sunday afternoon. The Huskies and No. 15 Cardinals battled in the fourth, but Louisville pulled out the win behind a 25-22 fourth set.
UConn dropped to 12-10 overall and 3-4 in the BIG EAST, while UofL improved to 18-3 and 7-1. The Huskies pulled off a first-set upset by a 25-21 score, fueled by a 7-0 run after trailing 17-12. In the second, the two teams were tied at 18 before the Cardinals went on a 7-0 to take the set, 25-18.
Louisville senior Lola Arslanbekova set a match-high with 21 kills and added 11 digs. For Connecticut, sophomore outside hitter Devon Maugle (Plymouth Meeting, Pa.) led the way with 15 kills and nine digs, while senior outside hitter Mattison Quayle (Los Angeles, Calif.) notched a double-double with 14 kills and tied her career-high with 19 digs.
Freshman setter Marissa Prinzbach (Cincinnati, Ohio) paced the UConn offense with 39 assists and career-highs in digs and kills with 20 and 7, respectively. Senior libero Kelsey Maving (Tonawanda, N.Y.) tied for the team lead in digs with 20.
Defensively, freshman middle blocker Immanuella Anagu (Culver City, Calif.)
totaled seven blocks, two solo, and added three kills.
For the Cardinals, freshman setter Katie George dished out 34 assists, while junior Hannah Kvitle added 22. Junior libero Caitlin Welch notched a team-high 18 digs. Senior middle hitter Gwen Rucker chipped in with 11 kills, seven blocks and five digs.
The Huskies return to action at South Florida on Friday, October 19.