STORRS, Conn. - Junior setter Emma Turner earned her third double-double of the season as the UConn volleyball team (8-11, 4-7 American) fell in a five set thriller to conference rival Tulane on Friday evening in Guyer Gym. Turner recorded 41 assists and 12 digs in the match, posting team highs, respectively.
A pair of Huskies in redshirt-freshman Genna Florig and freshman Isabelle Peterson recorded career highs in the tilt. Florig notched five total blocks for the squad, while Peterson tallied six kills on the night. Junior Iman McGary collected a season- and match-best 15 kills.
Kaylie McHugh paced all players with 16 digs and led a group of three teammates who recorded double-digit digs for the Green Wave (13-11, 2-9 American). With the win, Tulane snapped a nine-game skid dating back to October 1, when the Huskies swept the Green Wave in straight sets in New Orleans.
Set One (25-18)
Three straight serves by Turner gave UConn life as the team tied the set at 8-8 to put the themselves back in the game. After finding itself down 21-16, UConn was forced to call a timeout. The Green Wave came out of the timeout with a 4-2 run as they closed out the set 25-18. The Huskies couldn't find their way despite two kills from McGary, four assists from Turner and a 3-0 edge the team had on blocks.
Set Two (25-22)
The Huskies went on a 6-2 run behind straight serves from Florig, forcing Tulane to call a timeout after UConn knotted the score 14-14. Following the timeout, the Huskies grabbed a 17-14 edge and battled their way to a 25-22 victory aided by five kills apiece from McGary and freshman Ally Barrett. The Huskies walked away with a .355 hitting percentage, improving on their -.040 hitting percentage in the first set.
Set Three (25-19)
Despite a 5-3 lead to begin the set, a handful of errors by the Green Wave gridlocked the score 8-8, as UConn found itself back in the action. Tulane shortly went on a 5-1 run to grab a 15-9 lead that they failed to relinquish for the remainder of the set. Turner headlined the set with seven assists and five digs while McGary walked away with three kills.
Set Four (25-18)
UConn jumped out to a quick 7-4 advantage following five straight serves from McGary. The Huskies held the lead throughout the fourth set to match the contest, 2-2. Barrett paced the team with four kills.
Set Five (15-8)
In the deciding game, the two teams fought to a 6-6 tie with neither team leading by more than one point. Shortly after, the Green Wave's offense put on their best showing of the night when they strung together an 11-2 run behind eight consecutive serves from Justine Bowers to close out the set.
The Huskies wrap up a four-game homestand Sunday, Oct. 29 against Houston in American action. The match is slated to begin at 12:00 p.m.