Oct. 15, 2011
STORRS, Conn. – The University of Connecticut volleyball team overcame a slow start to claim its first BIG EAST conference win of the season with a 3-1 victory over St. John’s at Gampel Pavilion, Saturday night. The Huskies, who won back-to-back games for the first time since September 9 and 10, improved to 11-10 overall and 1-5 in league play, while the Red Storm slipped to 9-14 and 0-6.
UConn trailed by one in the first set until St. John’s went on a 9-1 run to go up 22-13 and take the set 25-18. The second set went the Huskies’ way as they grinded out a 25-20 win. In the third, the Red Storm opened up a 7-0 lead behind the serving of senior Anzelika Lukjanska, but Connecticut slowly recovered to bring the game even at 18-18 before ultimately winning the set, 25-22. UConn dominated the fourth set, leading 10-3 early on, en route to a 25-11 win.
Junior outside hitter Mattison Quayle (Los Angeles, Calif.) matched her career-high in kills for the second straight game with 20. Her final kill of the night came as the game-winner on match point. Quayle also recorded her team-leading fifth double-double of the season by adding 11 digs.
Senior Jordan Kirk (Plano, Texas) and freshman Devon Maugle (Plymouth Meeting, Pa.), who chipped in with eight digs, also reached double digits with 11 kills each. Senior middle hitter Allison Nickel (Pittsford, N.Y.) hit .700 for the match on seven kills.
For St. John’s
, senior Darlene Ramdin led the way with 13 kills, while classmate Paulina Piegza contributed 11.
Junior libero Kelsey Maving (Tonawanda, N.Y.) registered a match-high 22 digs for the Huskies, while sophomore Yorina Kee posted 17 for the Red Storm. Junior setter Angela Roidt (McFarland, Wis.) set a season-high with 50 assists for UConn. Junior middle hitter Cayla Broadwater (Williamsport, Md.) tied a career-high with seven blocks.
The Huskies return to action next Friday October 21 as they visit Villanova for a 7:00 pm match-up.