STORRS, Conn. – Devon Maugle recorded her 1,000th career kill for the UConn women’s volleyball team in a five-set setback against East Carolina on Sunday afternoon at Gampel Pavilion. The loss drops the Huskies to 10-17 on the year and 3-13 in The American, while the Pirates improve to 14-12 and 5-10 in conference action.
The historic kill for Maugle (Plymouth Meeting, Pa.) was one of 12 on the afternoon for the senior captain, as she also recorded a team-high 19 digs to secure a double-double and inch closer to the 1,000/1,000 career milestone. Hayley Cmajdalka (College Station, Pa.) led UConn with 15 kills with a tremendous .500 attacking percentage, while Immanuela Anagu (Culver City, Calif.) added 10 kills to give the Huskies three in double-figures.
Rebecca Rivera (Missisauga, Ontario) recorded a 28-assist, 14-dig double-double and Sage Esposito (Milford, Conn.) also doubled up with 14 assists and 10 digs. Brianna Datti (Durham, N.H.) added 15 digs and just missed a double-double with nine assists. The Huskies rallied from one-set deficits twice in the match, ultimately succumbing in the fifth and final frame.
After UConn scored the first three points of the match, ECU jumped out to a 14-9 lead in the frame to force the first timeout of the contest from the Husky bench. The Huskies responded by pulling within one at 17-16, leading to a Pirate stoppage. UConn pulled even at 23-all late in the set, before ECU rallied to take a 27-25 set victory and a 1-0 lead in the match.
A Cmajdalka kill got UConn out to a 12-7 lead in the second set, forcing an early East Carolina timeout. Another slam from the sophomore and an Amy Christensen (Ashburn, Va.) ace gave UConn its largest lead at 21-12, before the Huskies eventually took the second stanza by a score of 25-19.
The Pirates sprinted out to a 10-4 lead in the third set, forcing an early UConn stoppage. A Christensen ace capped a 6-2 Connecticut run after the break that slimmed the margin to two, but that was the closest UConn would get as East Carolina took the frame, 25-21, and went up 2-1 in the match.
UConn came out fast in the fourth set, taking an early 5-1 lead to set the tone. Maugle picked up her historic 1,000th career kill to give the Huskies a 10-6 lead, before ECU called timeout with the Huskies ahead 18-12. The Huskies kept up the pressure and did not let the Pirates back into the set, taking it 25-18 to force a fifth.
The Huskies called timeout early in the fifth set after the Pirates took a 4-1 lead, and ECU held an 8-3 advantage before the squads switched sides. The Huskies inched closer with kills from Erika Thomas (Ocoee, Fla.) and Kenya Cason (Columbus, Ohio) before using another timeout down 10-6. Cmajdalka slammed down back-to-back kills to pull within two facing set point, before ECU’s Ashley McRae sealed the match with a kill to cap the fifth set at 15-12.
UConn returns to action on Friday, Nov. 21 at SMU before another road contest on Sunday, Nov. 23 at Tulsa.
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