PHILADELPHIA, Pa. – Redshirt freshman Kayla Williams recorded her fourth straight match with double-digit kills, and 18th this season, as the UConn volleyball team fell in straight sets to Temple on Wednesday night.
The Huskies (13-9, 4-7 American) played the Owls tightly, but lost to Temple in McGonigle Hall – 25-18, 25-22, and 25-19. Williams had a team-high 11 kills and sophomore Emma Turner had 28 assists in the loss.
Junior Danielle Cabel added nine kills against the Owls, while senior Hayley Cmajdalka contributed eight kills and a .500 hitting percentage. Temple had a .347 hitting percentage as a team, compared to UConn’s .168.
Cabel had three kills in the first set as the Huskies traded points with the Owls until a 5-0 run opened up a 20-14 lead for Temple, leading to a 1-0 deficit for UConn.
UConn trailed 15-14 in the second before a kill by Cmajdalka tied the score. Trailing 23-22, the Huskies dropped the final two points and fell into a 2-0 hole. Williams had five kills and a .500 hitting percentage in the second set.
Kills by Cabel and Cmajdalka helped lead UConn to an early 5-2 lead in the third game, but an 8-3 run by the Owls led to a 10-8 deficit and a Husky timeout. Trailing 12-11, UConn tallied three straight points to take a 14-12 lead.
Tied 19-19, Temple finished the match on a 6-0 run to take the final set. Irem Asci had a match-high 16 kills for the Owls.
Following three straight road matches, UConn returns to Gampel Pavilion on Sunday to host Memphis at 12 p.m. The match can be followed on live stats on Game Tracker, the live stream on Husky Vision or @UConnVB on Twitter.