CINCINNATI, Ohio – Despite the 10th double-double of the season from redshirt freshman Kayla Williams, the UConn volleyball team dropped a five-set match to Cincinnati on Friday night in the Fifth Third Arena.
The Huskies (13-7, 4-5 American) nearly pulled off an upset when they held a 2-1 lead, but lost the final two sets to the first-place Bearcats. UConn falls to 1-3 this season in five set matches.
Williams had 15 kills and 17 digs to lead the way for the Huskies, who had three players record double-digit kills in the match. Juniors Danielle Cabel and Tosin Adeniyi had 12 and 10 kills, respectively, in the losing effort.
UConn’s starters accounted for all 61 kills on Friday night, as well as all eight team blocks. Adeniyi led with a team-high five blocks, while Williams added four of her own.
The Huskies rolled in the first set, cruising to a 25-13 victory behind Cabel’s five kills on seven attacks (.714 hitting percentage). UConn had a .357 hitting percentage, compared to Cincinnati’s .111. The Bearcats also had four service errors in the set.
In the second, despite five kills from Adeniyi, Cincinnati ended the set on a 3-0 run and tied the match, 1-1. The Huskies won the third, however, after an 8-3 run by UConn erased a 15-12 deficit. Two kills by senior Camille Evans sealed the set, 25-23.
Cincinnati took the fourth set, 25-20, forcing the match to go five sets. UConn faced deficits of 5-1 and 10-6 in the final game, digging a hole too big to bounce back from. The Bearcats won the deciding set, 15-11.
Sophomore Emma Turner had a team-high 26 assists, while senior Rebecca Rivera added 25. Sophomore Elizabeth Kline and junior Kenya Cason combined for 27 digs in the match. Williams and sophomore Kennedy Arundel each had two service aces.
UConn looks to snap a three-match losing skid on Sunday when it plays ECU. First serve is at 1 p.m. (ET).