Wichita, Kan. – Junior Iman McGary and freshman Ally Barrett each recorded a double-double as the University of Connecticut volleyball team (11-15) snapped a five-game skid at Memphis, 3-2, in American action on Sunday afternoon – 25-22, 25-15, 25-14, 25-13, and 15-10.
After finding themselves down 3-1, the Huskies won the final two sets to complete the comeback and improved to 4-10 in conference play. With the loss, Memphis, falls to 9-17 overall and 2-11 in The American.
Barrett paced all Huskies with a season-high 17 kills, while adding 10 digs and an ace on the night. McGary collected 12 kills and 10 digs to post her second double of the season. Junior Kennedy Arundel accumulated 18 digs, while classmate Emma Turner led the way with 56 assists and added nine digs.
The Huskies jumped out to a 1-0 set lead (25-22) after holding the Tigers to a 0.67 hitting percentage. Barrett and classmate Isabelle Peterson tallied four kills apiece. UConn was able to stretch its lead to as many as seven points, 20-13, before Memphis put together a 9-3 scoring run to cut the deficit to one, 23-22. Junior Avery Spaziani earned a service ace before Barrett recorded a kill to help the Huskies close out game one.
UConn’s offense slowed in the second set as Memphis knotted the match 1-1. The Huskies 11 team kills were outshined by their 12 attacking errors as UConn turned in a match-low -0.026 hitting percentage.
The Tiger’s strong offense was aided by a .417 hitting percentage in the third game. Memphis’s Tai Bierria paced all players with five kills, while teammates Brianna Kadiku and Hannah Flowers added four apiece.
UConn was able to turn things around in the fourth set, as the team recorded its best hitting percetnage of the match (.371). The Huskies were balanced on both sides of the ball as the defense came out in full force, allowing Memphis just eight total team kills on 33 attempts.
The fifth and final set was taken by UConn (15-10) thanks a 9-5 scoring run by the Huskies to close out the match. The team posted their second best hitting percentage of the day (.316), while holding Memphis to its lowest hitting percentage of the match (0.56).
UConn visits Tulsa on Thursday, Nov. 9 as part of its four-game road swing. The match is slated to begin at 8 p.m. (ET).
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