DALLAS – Junior Kennedy Arundel (Chicago, Ill.) recorded a double-double (13 kills, 21 digs) in a losing effort to SMU in four sets, 3-1, on Saturday afternoon at Moody Coliseum.
The Huskies (11-17, 4-12 The American) received a career-high 17 digs from freshman Ally Barrett (Geneva, Ill) to join Arundel and Elizabeth Kline(14) with double-digit digs. Iman McGary (Rockford, Ill.) led the way for the Huskies with 17 kills on the afternoon.
UConn dropped the first two sets to the Mustangs, 25-21 and 25-17 respectively. Despite out-attacking the Mustangs in the first set, 17-13, the Huskies committed six errors to relinquish the set to SMU. In the second set, the Mustangs rattled off a pair of 7-1 runs that proved to be the difference in the set.
Trailing 2-0, the Huskies recorded back-to-back kills to take a 15-13 lead in the third set. UConn never looked back and earned a 25-22 win to extend the match into a fourth set. The Huskies registered a .317 attack percentage with 21 kills to capture the third.
The Huskies battled back in the fourth set to even the score at 20-20 after three consecutive points but could not send the match to a deciding fifth set. The Mustangs rattled off five consecutive points to capture the victory.
UConn returns home to face USF on Friday, Nov. 17 at 4 p.m. at the Guyer Gym and UCF on Sunday, Nov. 19 at noon at Gampel Pavilion, the first time that the program will play in the newly renovated arena this season.
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