Nov. 8, 2013
STORRS, Conn. – Despite holding South Florida (14-11, 8-3 American) to .108 hitting on the night, the UConn women’s volleyball team (11-16, 2-10 American) fell in three sets (18-25, 21-25, 25-17) on Friday at Gampel Pavilion.
The Huskies’ defensive effort was led by Immanuella Anagu (Culver City, Calif.) gathering seven total blocks, in addition to her six kills. UConn also got seven kills from Karson Ratliff (Wake Forest, N.C.) and five from rookie Camille Evans (Chicago, Ill.). Classmates Hayley Cmajdalka (College Station, Texas) and Jade Strawberry (Tallahassee, Fla.) each posted four kills, with Cmajdalka chipping in three total blocks.
Brianna Datti (Durham, N.H.) scooped a team-high 13 digs, and Amy Christensen (Ashburn, Va.) added 12. Marissa Prinzbach (Cincinnati, Ohio) paced the UConn offense with 26 assists, filling up the stat sheet with four digs and three block assists as well. Sage Esposito (Milford, Conn.) and Devon Maugle (Plymouth Meeting, Pa.) added nine and seven digs, respectively.
USF was led by a 12-kill, 16-dig double-double from Erin Fairs, and also god eight kills and seven total blocks from Andrea Rodriguez Gomez. Wylie Devlin also doubled up for the Bulls with 20 assists and 13 digs, while Amy Van Sant scooped 12 and Ciara Brown posted nine kills.
The Bulls came out fast in the first set, scoring the first four points to force an early UConn timeout. An Anagu and Cmajdalka combo block cut USF’s early lead to 8-7, before the Bulls answered with three in a row leading to another UConn timeout. A Fairs kill gave USF its biggest lead of the set at 19-12, but an Anagu solo block cut the lead to three and forced a Bull timeout. UConn couldn’t get it any closer than four late, before USF sealed it 25-18 after a Ratliff attack error.
A Ratliff kill gave UConn a 3-1 advantage early, before a 5-0 USF run forced another early Connecticut stoppage. An Evans kill put UConn back on top at 9-8, and the Huskies charged ahead to a 14-11 lead thanks to a Prinzbach service ace that led to a USF timeout. UConn kept its lead through the middle chunk of the set, and a Cmajdalka kill made it 19-16 before another Bulls stop. USF answered with four in a row to take the lead, overall scoring nine of the final 11 points in the second to take it, 25-21.
USF took early advantages of 7-3 and 11-6 in the third set, each prompting UConn timeouts. A Datti service ace capped a 4-2 UConn rally to pull the Huskies within three, and kills from Evans and then Strawberry had the Huskies within two at 18-16. A 4-1 run was capped by a block from Anagu and Cmajdalka to give UConn a 21-20 lead, which they extended to 22-20 after a USF timeout. The Bulls answered with four straight go back on top, and in extra time got a timely kill from Brown to seal the set, 27-25, and the match, 3-0.
UConn continues American Athletic Conference play on Sunday when it welcomes UCF to Gampel Pavilion. Match time is set for 2 p.m.