Nov. 15, 2013
NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. – The UConn women’s volleyball team (12-17, 3-11 American) used a balanced offensive attack to get past Rutgers (4-24, 0-14 American) in three sets (25-19, 25-19, 25-20) on Friday night at College Ave Gym.
Junior captain Devon Maugle (Plymouth Meeting, Pa.) and freshman Camille Evans (Chicago, Ill.) were the offensive leaders for UConn, each posting eight kills and hitting over .300 for the match. Karson Ratliff (Wake Forest, N.C.) added seven kills for the Huskies, and Jade Strawberry (Tallahassee, Fla.), Erika Thomas (Ocoee, Fla.) and Immanuella Anagu (Culver City, Calif.) each posted four. Thomas and Anagu also tied for the team-high with four total blocks apiece. As a team, UConn finished with 37 kills an an impressive .255 hitting percentage.
Defensively, junior captain Brianna Datti (Durham, N.H.) led the way for Connecticut by scooping 14 digs, while Sage Espsosito (Milford, Conn.) grabbed nine. Maugle and Thomas snagged eight digs apiece, and Amy Christensen (Ashburn, Va.) added six. Marissa Prinzbach (Cincinnati, Ohio) handled the setting for the Huskies, leading all players with 32 assists.
Rutgers was led by 11 kills from Alex Lassa to lead all players, while Tracy Wright picked up a match-high 21 digs. UConn held RU to just .098 hitting on the match as they concluded the season series with the Scarlet Knights by winning both matches between the longtime league rivals.
UConn jumped out to an early 11-7 lead with an Evans kill, and another from the freshman put the Huskies up by five at 16-11. The Huskies remained in control for the majority of the set, with a Thomas kill making it 21-15 and forcing an RU timeout before UConn closed the opening frame, 25-18.
The Huskies came out red-hot in the second set, going up 7-1 early with kills from Anagu and Maugle. A Ratliff kill broke an 11-11 deadlock, sparking a 5-1 run leading to an RU stoppage. Another three-point spurt put UConn up 20-14 before an RU break, and back-to-back kills from Evans put the Huskies up seven before they closed the set, 25-19, with a Ratliff kill to go up 2-0 in the match.
The third set opened close, with Rutgers taking an 8-6 lead before a UConn timeout. Evans capped a 3-0 run after the break to give UConn the lead, and the squads continued to trade points as the set progressed. Rutgers called timeout after the Huskies went up 20-19 via a Thomas kill and an RU error, and Esposito served up an ace before an Evans kill ran the UConn run to 4-0 before another Scarlet Knight stop. Overall, UConn closed the third on a 7-1 run to seal the set, 25-20, and the match, 3-0.
The Huskies are off for the rest of the weekend, before returning home to close out their 2013 home slate. UConn hosts Memphis on Friday, Nov. 22 in a rare noon game at Gampel Pavilion, before welcoming Temple to Storrs for Senior Day on Nov. 24 at 2 p.m.