Seniors Jordan Kirk and Allison Nickel
Nov. 6, 2011
STORRS, Conn. – The University of Connecticut volleyball team fell in BIG EAST action to Pittsburgh, 3-1, on “Senior Day” at Gampel Pavilion on Saturday afternoon. The loss snapped a three-match win streak for the Huskies as they fell to 14-13 overall and 4-8 in the conference. The Panthers improved to 15-12 and 6-8.
Seniors Jordan Kirk (Plano, Texas) and Allison Nickel (Pittsford, N.Y.) were each honored in a pre-game ceremony before their final home game as Huskies.
PITT won the first two sets by narrow scores of 25-21 and 25-23. UConn came out of the break strong and won the third decisively, 25-14. In the fourth set the two teams were neck and neck up to 11-11, until the Panthers pulled away for a 25-19 win.
Pittsburgh freshman outside Jessica Wynn led all players with 15 kills, while senior middle blocker Kiesha Leggs and sophomore outside hitter Monica Wignot added 14 and 13, respectively.
For Connecticut, freshman outside hitter Devon Maugle (Plymouth Meeting, Pa.) registered a team-high 14 kills. She also added 10 digs for her third double-double of the season. Kirk and junior outside hitter Mattison Quayle (Los Angeles, Calif.) also reached double figures with 10 kills apiece. Quayle reached a team-leading ninth double-double of the season by contributing 11 digs. It was also her fifth in the last seven games.
UConn junior libero Kelsey Maving (Tonawanda, N.Y.)
and PITT freshman Delaney Clesen each posted a match-best 21 digs. Freshman Lindsey Zitzke recorded 51 assists for Pittsburgh
, while junior Angel Roidt (McFarland, Wis.)
tallied 41 for Connecticut
The Huskies are in action for their final weekend of the regular season in the “Garden State” as they take on Rutgers and Seton Hall on November 12 and 13. Each game will be played at 2:00 pm.