STORRS, Conn. – Three players, led by redshirt freshman Kayla Williams, recorded double-digit kills on Sunday as the UConn volleyball team lost a nail-biting five-set match to USF at Gampel Pavilion.
As the Homecoming Parade marched by Gampel, the Huskies (13-6, 4-4 American) fought back from a 2-0 deficit to extend the match to a fifth set. The Bulls inched past UConn in the final set, 15-13, to take the match.
Williams had a team-high 13 kills for the Huskies, recording a double-double with 13 digs on Sunday. In just her second match back from injury, senior Jade Strawberry had 11 kills and a team-high 17 digs to add to UConn’s comeback efforts.
In a 13-13 tie in the final set, USF mustered two straight kills to end the match, despite the Huskies taking the third and fourth sets, 25-19 and 25-20 respectively. The Bulls took the first two sets, 25-14 and 25-20.
Trailing 11-6 in the fourth and possibly deciding set, the Huskies responded with a 15-5 run to take control at 21-16. It was a pair of kills by Strawberry and Adeniyi that finished off the set and forced a deciding fifth game.
UConn returns to action next weekend to play at Cincinnati on Friday and at East Carolina on Sunday.