HOUSTON, Texas -- Redshirt freshman Kayla Williams dazzled with a double-double of 20 kills and 17 digs, as the UConn volleyball team got back in the win column on Sunday afternoon with a 3-1 victory over Houston at the Alumni Center.
The Huskies (15-10, 6-8 American) capitalized on Williams' 14th double-double of the season, bouncing back from a loss to Tulane on Friday night. Junior Danielle Cabel added 11 kills in the conference win.
UConn combined for nine blocks as a team, tied for the second-most in a match this season. Senior Hayley Cmajdalka and junior Tosin Adeniyi each recorded four blocks against the Cougars, holding them to a .191 team hitting percentage.
Sophomore Elizabeth Kline contributed 15 digs on the defensive end for the Huskies, while senior Rebecca Rivera had 13 digs -- her second straight match with double-digit digs.
In a series of tight sets, the Huskies overcame several deficits, leading to the final scores of 25-23, 25-20, 22-25, and 25-19.
The Huskies trailed in the first set, 23-21, as head coach Kris Grunwald called timeout to regroup. Out of the break, UConn went on a 4-0 run -- which included a kill from Adeniyi -- to wrestle the set away from the Cougars.
Behind 12-6 in the second set, the Huskies won seven of the next eight points to tie the game, 13-13. A service ace by Kline, followed by kills from Cabel, Cmajdalka and Williams led to UConn's set win and 2-0 advantage.
Despite dropping the third set, the Huskies recorded their best team hitting percentage in that game with a mark of .333. Adeniyi had four kills and sophomore Emma Turner had nine assists in the set.
Williams took over in the fourth and final game, gathering seven kills on 17 total attacks (.353 hitting percentage) to lead UConn to the win. Senior Jade Strawberry had all eight of her digs in the deciding fourth game.
Coming off a split weekend on the road, UConn returns to Gampel Pavilion on Friday afternoon to play ECU at 2 p.m. (ET). Later that night, UConn men's basketball hosts Wagner in its regular season opener at 7 p.m. (ET).
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