Oct. 29, 2011
STORRS, Conn. – The University of Connecticut volleyball team faced match point on three straight serves of the deciding set and fought off each one en route to a five-set win over Notre Dame, 3-2, at Gampel Pavilion on Saturday afternoon. The Huskies improved to 12-12 overall and 2-7 in the BIG EAST, while the Fighting Irish fell to 12-9 and 5-4.
Trailing 14-11 in the fifth, senior outside hitter Jordan Kirk (Plano, Texas) recorded her 15th kill of the match to keep UConn alive. Freshman outside hitter Devon Maugle (Plymouth Meeting, Pa.) delivered a service ace on the following point to bring the Huskies within one. Connecticut tied the game at 14 as senior middle hitter Allison Nickel (Pittsford, N.Y.) and junior outside hitter Mattison Quayle (Los Angeles, Calif.) teamed up for a block on ND freshman Jeni Houser.
Sophomore middle hitter Jackie Wattles (Liberty Hill, Texas) came through in the clutch for UConn by registering the final two points of the afternoon. Tied 16-16, Wattles converted a kill to give the Huskies their first match-point of the game. On the next play, she provided a solo block on Houser to take the set 18-16 and clinch the victory.
Notre Dame took the first set of the match 26-24 and Connecticut claimed the next two by scores of 25-20 and 25-22. The Fighting Irish squeezed out a 25-22 win in the fourth, when neither side led by more than two until the final point of the set was scored.
Maugle led all players with 18 kills, surpassing her previous career-high of 13, and added 17 digs, also a career-high, for her second career double-double. Kirk finished second on the team with 16 kills, while Quayle chipped in with 14 kills and 16 digs for her seventh double-double and third in the last four games.
Junior setter Angela Roidt (McFarland, Wis.) tied a career-high with 56 assists and picked up 13 digs for her fourth double-double of the season. At libero, junior Kelsey Maving (Tonawanda, N.Y.) also set a career-high by posting a match-best 40 digs.
Senior Kristen Dealy and Houser led ND with 15 and 13 kills, respectively. Dealy was one of four Fighting Irish players to record double digit digs as she picked up 16 to record a double-double. Senior libero Frenchy Silva posted a team-best 20. Sophomore setter Maggie Brindock dished out 39 assists.
Despite Notre Dame registering 18.0 blocks in the game, UConn set a team season-high with 16.0 blocks. After not recording double digit block in a single game through their first 19 matches, the Huskies have reached double figures in four of the last five games.
Wattles led the team with five blocks, while Kirk, Maugle, and Quayle each contributed four.
Connecticut is back in action tomorrow as DePaul pays a visit to Gampel Pavilion for a 2:00 pm contest.