STORRS, Conn. – Juniors Danielle Cabel and Kenya Cason each had a team-high nine kills in UConn volleyball’s 3-0 loss to UCF on Friday afternoon in Gampel Pavilion – the overture to UConn Basketball First Night.
The Huskies (13-5, 4-3 American) were outscored by the Knights, 25-10, 25-19 and 25-21, dropping their third match of the American Athletic Conference schedule. Senior Camille Evans added eight kills in the loss.
Senior Jade Strawberry made her return to the court after missing eight matches due to injury. The outside hitter accounted for three kills and five digs in her first match since Sept. 16 against Albany.
The Knights had three players record double-digit kills in the victory, including a match-high 12 from Jale Hervey and Alli Sabol. Hervey and Kia Bright each had a double-double on Friday to lead UCF.
Trailing 16-10 in the first set, the Knights finished on a 9-0 run to go up 1-0 over the Huskies. Cason had a set-high six kills, despite UConn’s 10 attack errors in the game.
The Huskies rebounded in the second, fighting off deficits of three and four points to stay in the set. A kill by junior Tosin Adeniyi narrowed the gap to just 15-14, before UCF regained control after a pair of kills by Sabol.
The third set went back and forth, as the Huskies traded leads with the Knights. Cason’s kill late in the game, followed by Hervey’s error, tied the score at 19. However, a 4-0 run by the Knights put the match out of reach for the Huskies.
UCF had a 47-38 advantage in kills, dropping the Huskies to 0-4 this season when the opponent leads that category.
It was the largest home crowd of the season, with eager fans out to watch the Huskies prior to First Night activities.
UConn returns to action on Sunday to host USF at 12 p.m. in Gampel Pavilion. Please click HERE for road closures on Sunday morning, regarding the Huskies Forever 5K and the Homecoming Parade.