STORRS, Conn. – A career-high 16 kills by sophomore Iman McGary sparked the UConn volleyball team in its straight-set win over Memphis on Sunday afternoon in Gampel Pavilion, ending its five-matching losing streak.
McGary, along with redshirt freshman Kayla Williams, led the offense attack for the Huskies (14-9, 5-7 American). UConn had 52 kills as a team to Memphis’ 36 and 51 assists to the Tigers’ 33.
Williams posted her 12th double-double of the season with 14 kills and a career-high 18 digs in the victory, which saw the Huskies win 25-19, 27-25 and 25-23. Sophomore Emma Turner led with 24 assists and sophomore Elizabeth Kline added 11 digs.
It was a monstrous comeback in the second set that propelled the Huskies to victory, as Memphis led 18-11 at one point. A 12-5 run, which included a 3-0 run when trailing 23-20, tied the set at 23-23.
It was nine kills from five different players that helped the Huskies back into the set, including three from McGary and Williams.
Later at 25-25, back-to-back kills by senior Hayley Cmajdalka and McGary wrapped-up the set and gave the Huskies a 2-0 lead. McGary had a set-high seven kills and had a hitting percentage of .400 in the second.
UConn jumped out to an 11-1 lead in the third set, taking advantage of the momentum generated from the second set. McGary had three kills in that stretch, while Williams and junior Danielle Cabel each added one.
The Tigers nearly mounted their own comeback, trailing just 24-23 at one point, before a block assist from Cabel and junior Tosin Adeniyi ended the match.
With the victory, UConn earned a season-sweep of the Tigers for the first time since joining the American Athletic Conference in 2013.
The Huskies return to action next weekend on the road when they face Tulane on Friday night and Houston on Sunday afternoon. First serve is 8 p.m. (ET) and 2 p.m. (ET), respectively.
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