STORRS, Conn. – The UConn volleyball team recorded a season-high 13 service aces on Friday afternoon, as the Huskies grinded out a 3-1 win over East Carolina. Redshirt freshman Kayla Williams led the way with 12 kills.
It is the second straight American Athletic Conference win for UConn (16-10, 7-8 American) and the third from the past four matches.
Williams had 12 kills and seven digs, while senior Camille Evans added 10 kills against the Pirates. Despite ECU’s 17 team blocks, the Huskies garnered enough attack opportunities to counter the defense. UConn had 14 more attacks than ECU in the match.
It was junior Tosin Adeniyi who shined in the first set, picking up five kills to lead UConn to an opening set win. The Huskies led by as many as seven points – hitting .257 as a team, compared to ECU’s .030.
It was Williams who stood out in the second, smashing six kills on 10 attacks to lead UConn to a 2-0 lead. Rivera had seven assists in the game.
ECU fought back in the third, hitting .237 to UConn’s .025, on its way to a 25-21 win to extend the match. Evans earned three kills on five attacks for the Huskies.
The fourth set was tight, but the Huskies were able to avoid a fifth. With the score tied, 24-24, Williams had back-to-back kills to end the match, 26-24. Williams and Cmajdalka each had four kills in the set.
UConn got revenge on the Pirates, who beat the Huskies 3-2 back on Oct. 23 in Greenville, N.C. The series is now tied, 3-3, since the inception of the American Athletic Conference.
The Huskies are back in action on Sunday to host second-place Cincinnati at 12 p.m. (ET) in Gampel Pavilion. Head coach Kris Grunwald’s squad looks to win its third straight.