STORRS, Conn. – Junior Iman McGary notched a career- and match-high 21 kills but it wasn’t enough as the UConn volleyball team faltered at Tulsa in four sets, 3-1, on Thursday evening.
Classmate Elizabeth Kline put forth her best defensive showing of the season, tallying a career- and team-best 21 digs for the Huskies. Freshman Ally Barrett posted 10 kills, joining McGary as the only other Huskies player with double-digit kills. As a team, UConn (11-16, 3-9 AAC) held the advantage in hitting percentage (.208), kills (58) and digs (75).
After dropping the first two sets to the Golden Hurricane 25-23 and 25-16 respectively, the Huskies bounced back with a 25-17 victory to force a fourth set. UConn posted its best hitting percentage of the night in the third game (.419) behind nine combined kills from McGary and Barrett. Classmates Avery Spaziani and McGary each tallied a service ace in the set, helping the Huskies to avoid the straight set sweep.
The Huskies held a consistent lead throughout the third game, leading by as many as five, 20-15. With a pair of kills by UConn and a handful of errors committed by the Golden Hurricane, the Huskies picked up a 5-2 scoring run on their way to a set three win.
In the fourth set, Tulsa tried to pull away after a back-and-forth start to the set as four consecutive points pushed the home squad to a 19-17 lead. UConn clawed back minutes later with three-straight points of its own, including an ace from Kline, to knot it 19-19.
The Golden Hurricane would eventually outscore the Huskies 6-3 behind three-straight kills by Tulsa’s offense to close out the set, 25-22.
UConn will close out its four-game road swing on Saturday, Nov. 11 at
SMU. The match is slated to begin at 2:00 p.m. ET.
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