Oct. 28, 2012
STORRS, Conn. – No set was decided by more than four points as the University of Connecticut volleyball team took down Seton Hall 3-2 at Gampel Pavilion, Sunday afternoon. The Huskies improved to 16-10 overall and 7-4 in the BIG EAST, while the Pirates sunk to 17-7, 5-6.
Coming into the weekend, UConn and SHU were tied for fifth in the conference standings at 5-4. The Huskies are now in sole possession of fifth place with just four matches left to play in the regular season.
The two teams traded sets throughout the match with Connecticut taking the first 28-26. The Huskies trailed 16-8 when head coach Holly Strauss-O’Brien used her second timeout of the game. UConn finished the set with a 20-10 advantage to take the first.
In the second, Seton Hall won 25-23 as neither team led by more than three points in the set. The third went the way of the Huskies, 25-22 and in the fourth they nearly came back from a 20-12 deficit before falling 25-23.
Connecticut claimed the deciding set 15-11. The two teams traded points until the Pirates put together back-to-back points to go up 6-5. The Huskies won the set on three kills by senior outside hitter Mattison Quayle (Los Angeles, Calif.) in the last four points of the match.
Quayle finished with 16 kills and 20 digs. For the weekend, she totaled 26 kills, which leaves her four shy of 1,000 for her career.
Freshman middle blocker Immanuella Anagu (Culver City, Calif.) set a new career-high with 17 kills as she hit .389 to go with six blocks. Sophomore outside hitter Devon Maugle (Plymouth Meeting, Pa.) recorded her team-leading ninth double-double of the season in a 13-kill, 13-dig effort.
Senior Morgan DeVries and sophomore Stacey Manthorpe led Seton Hall with 16 kills, apiece. Manthorpe added 15 digs and nine blocks.
Freshman setter Marissa Prinzbach (Cincinnati, Ohio) collected a career-high 58 assists and picked up 16 digs. Sophomore Shelbey Manthorpe dished out 43 assists, posted 24 digs and added six kills for SHU.
Senior libero Kelsey Maving (Tonawanda, N.Y.) recorded a season-high 34 digs for Connecticut, while junior Alyssa Warren led the Pirates with a match-best 42.
For the match, Seton Hall totaled 19 blocks, while UConn had just eight.
The Huskies hit the road next weekend for matches at Marquette on November 2 and Syracuse November 4.
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