Oct. 27, 2013
STORRS, Conn, -- The UConn women’s volleyball team (11-13, 2-7 American) dropped a straight sets decision (25-13, 25-19, 25-16) to The American-leading Louisville (14-7, 9-0 American) in front of a crowd of 1,233 on Sunday afternoon at Gampel Pavilion.
Immanuella Anagu (Culver City, Calif.) led the Huskies with 10 kills on the day, connecting on 27 swings with two errors for a team-high .296 hitting percentage. Karson Ratliff (Wake Forest, N.C.) added nine kills and five digs, while Erika Thomas (Ocoee, Fla.) finished with five kills and Camille Evans (Chicago, Ill.) chipped in four. Defensively, Brianna Datti (Durham, N.H.) led the way with 12 digs, while Marissa Prinzbach (Cincinnati, Ohio) just missed a double-double with nine digs and 27 assists. Amy Christensen (Ashburn, Va.) and Devon Maugle (Plymouth Meeting, Pa.) chipped in seven and six digs, respectively, and Sage Esposito (Milford, Conn.) had five.
The Cardinals were led by a 12-kill day from Brooke Mattingly, while Emily Juhl and Maya McClendon picked up double-doubles, combining for 20 kills and 21 digs. Caitlin Welch had a match-high 16 digs, and Katie George also doubled up with 24 assists and 11 digs.
Louisville jumped out to a quick 6-2 lead in the first set, leading to an early UConn timeout. A Ratliff kill and Prinzbach ace after the stop got UConn within two, but the Cardinals stretched their advantage to 15-9 with a service ace before another Husky stoppage. UConn wouldn’t get any closer, and dropped the opening frame 25-13.
A pair of kills from Evans gave UConn a 4-3 edge early in the second set, and Anagu picked up her fifth kill of the match to make it 9-6 Connecticut, leading to a Louisville timeout. The Cardinals responded with a 5-1 run to go up 11-10, forcing UConn to use a stoppage of its own. After a Ratliff kill tied it back up, UofL surged ahead 16-12 before another UConn timeout. A pair of late Anagu kills were the catalyst to a 4-0 UConn run late that slimmed the gap to 23-19, but the Cardinals got the final two points of the set to win it, 25-19.
The Cardinals took a 9-4 lead in the third set, prompting an early UConn timeout. UofL got its lead to eight after the break, before a 5-1 UConn run cut the lead back to four at 13-9. The Cardinals responded with a 6-2 run, going up 19-11 late in the set. Back-to-back Ratliff kills and another from Anagu got the Huskies within six, but that was the closest they would get as the Cardinals took the set, 25-15, to complete the match sweep.
Up next, UConn is back on the road for two in Texas. The Huskies will face Houston on Friday, Nov. 1, then take on SMU in Dallas on Sunday, Nov. 3.