Oct. 18, 2013
PHILADELPHIA – The UConn women’s volleyball team (10-11, 1-5 American) dropped a straight sets decision (12-25, 21-25, 27-25) to the Temple Owls (14-4, 5-1 American) on Friday night at McGonigle Hall.
UConn was led by 10 kills from Immanuella Anagu (Culver City, Calif.), who continued who strong run of play in conference action. The Huskies also got nine kills and eight total blocks from Erika Thomas (Ocoee, Fla.), while Marissa Prinzbach (Cincinnati, Ohio) posted a double-double with 28 assists and 11 digs. Karson Ratliff (Wake Forest, N.C.) added six kills, and Brianna Datti (Durham, N.H.) and Sophia Mar (Oakland, Calif.) scooped 21 digs combined.
Temple, which didn’t play anyone past its six starters and libero, was led by 14 kills from Gabriella Matautia. Elyse Burkert added 10 and eight digs, while Alyssa Draschlin posted 28 digs. Sandra Sydlik had a big double-double for the Owls, tallying 34 assists and 15 digs.
The first set started close, with a Thomas kill cutting an early Temple lead to 6-5. The Owls responded with an 8-0 run, going up by nine and never looking back. TU stretched its lead into double digits for much of the set before closing it, 25-12, with a Burkert kill.
The second frame was much tighter. After Temple went up 7-3, a UConn timeout sparked a rally by the Huskies that eventually pulled them within one, with a Prinzbach and Anagu block making it 14-13. The Owls were able to hold onto their lead, however, never allowing the Huskies to tie. After an Anagu kill made it 23-21 TU late, a Matautia kill and a block from Carolin Grattan sealed it for the Owls, 25-21.
UConn led for much of the third set, with back-to-back Anagu kills giving Connecticut a 12-6 advantage in the early going. After a Ratliff kill made it 17-11 Huskies, Temple took a timeout before rattling off five straight to pull within one. The Huskies were still able to hold on to their one-point lead down the stretch in the third, until TU tied it at 23 before pulling ahead with another big block. Ratliff and Thomas combined for a rejection to make it 25-all, before Draschlin ended it with a kill to give the Owls a 27-25 win and the match sweep.
The Huskies are back in action on Sunday afternoon when they travel to Memphis to take on the Tigers for the second time in program history. The match is slated to begin at 2 p.m.