Nov. 13, 2011
SOUTH ORANGE, N.J. – The University of Connecticut volleyball team concluded the 2011 season with a 3-2 BIG EAST loss at Seton Hall on Sunday afternoon. The Huskies finished the season 14-15 overall and 4-10 in the league, while the Pirates secured a playoff spot with an 8-6 conference record and move into the postseason 17-12 overall.
The two teams traded sets throughout the match. SHU won the first, 25-22, and the third, 25-20. UConn won the second and fourth by identical scores of 25-22. In the deciding set, the score was tied 8-8 until Seton Hall freshman Shelbey Manthorpe and senior Krissy Wroebel combined for a block to go up by one. The Pirates led 6-4 the rest of the way and wrapped up the win with a kill by senior Meghan Matusiak.
Matusiak led all players with 27 kills, hit .309 for the match, and added 10 digs for a double-double. Freshman Stacey Manthorpe also finished with a double-double after recording 11 kills and 13 digs.
Junior outside hitter Mattison Quayle (Los Angeles, Calif.) led the Huskies with 18 kills. Sophomore middle hitter Jackie Wattles (Liberty Hill, Texas) was second on the team with a career-best 15 kills. Freshman outside hitter Devon Maugle (Plymouth Meeting, Pa.) posted her fourth double-double of the season with a 14-kill, 14-dig effort.
In their final match for UConn, senior Jordan Kirk (Plano, Texas) and Allison Nickel (Pittsford, N.Y.) both reached double figure kills. Kirk tallied 13 kills, pushing her career total to 1,143 and ending her four seasons tied for seventh on Connecticut all-time kills list. For Nickel, it was her second match in double figures this season as she totaled 10.
Junior libero Kelsey Maving (Tonawanda, N.Y.)
set a match-high with 31 digs for UConn, her fourth game of 30 or more. Junior setter Angela Roidt (McFarland, Wis.)
smashed her career-high in assists with 62.
For SHU, sophomore Alyssa Warren collected a team-leading 24 digs, while Shelbey Manthorpe recorded 52 assists, 21 digs, and seven kills.