STORRS, Conn. – Junior Iman McGary recorded her first double-double of the season as the UConn volleyball team (10-14, 3-9 American) dropped a five set nailbiter to Houston on Sunday afternoon at Guyer Gym.
McGary posted a team-high 14 kills and added 14 digs for her second double-digit kill performance in as many games. Senior Tosin Adeniyi and freshman Isabelle Peterson joined McGary with 10-plus kills, as the duo boasted 13 and 12, respectively. Junior Elizabeth Kline picked up a season-best 16 digs on the day, while classmate Emma Turner and Kennedy Arundel trailed closely behind with 15 digs apiece.
The Cougars Megan Duncan paced all played with 16 kills, while teammate Katie Karbo collected a match-high 23 kills as the program improved its record to 9-11 overall and 5-6 in the American.
UConn rolled to a 25-15 victory in set one. After the two teams danced to a 4-4 gridlock early in the set, the Huskies finished the game on a 21-11 run. The home tallied a .371 hitting percentage in the set, behind four aces apiece from freshman Ally Barrett and McGary.
Houston evened the match 1-1 overall with a close 25-21 victory in the following set. The game was knotted 13 times throughout its entirely but ultimately swung in favor of the visitors, who closed out the game one a 4-1 run.
Fueled by 21 team points, the Cougars grabbed set three in their largest margin of victory of the night, 25-19. The team posted three service aces in the set, including back-to-back aces by Brianna Garden to close out the game.
After earning a 2-1 edge following a pair back-to-back of kills, the Huskies were off and running. UConn led by as many as nine in the set, 18-9, as the its offense was too much for its counterparts to handle . Houston threatened with a late run to cut the deficit to three, 23-20, but it wasn’t enough as redshirt-freshman Genna Florig and Adeniyi combined for three straight kills to even the match 2-2.
Despite giving all they had, UConn faltered in the final set, 15-11. The Huskies were limited to a .120 hitting percentage by a strong Cougars defense.
UConn is set to kick off a four-game road stint Friday, November 3 at No. 20 Wichita State. The match is slated to begin at 8:00 p.m. ET.