DALLAS, Texas – Senior Devon Maugle (Plymouth Meeting, Pa.) recorded a team-high 11 kills, while senior Sage Esposito (Milford, Conn.) added 31 assists in a losing effort for the UConn women’s volleyball team, which fell to SMU, 3-1, on the road Friday night. The Huskies drop to 10-18 overall and 3-14 in American Athletic play on the season, and the Mustangs move to 23-6 in 2014 following the victory.
Maugle was one of four Huskies to total at least six kills on the night. Freshmen Kenya Cason (Columbus, Ohio) managed nine kills while Tosin Adeniyi (Springfield, Ill.) and sophomore Hayley Cmajdalka (College Station, Texas) each tallied six kills against the Mustangs. Cason, who recorded one block, also had 10 digs on Friday. Senior Brianna Datti led all UConn players with 20 digs.
The Huskies kept it close in the first set, tying the frame at 10 following Esposito’s only kill of the game. The Mustangs would rattle off the next five points to take a 15-10 lead though, and a kill by SMU’s Kristen Stehling gave Southern Methodist the first set, 25-16. Stehling finished the match with eight kills.
The Huskies battled back in the second set, evening the match at one. A kill by Cason would give the Huskies a 22-21 lead before SMU tied the frame after the Mustangs were awarded a point by the official. Cmajdalka made it 24-23 UConn, and Cason sealed the match with another kill to give Connecticut the set, 26-24.
UConn struggled in the final two sets, as the Huskies lost the third frame, 25-15, before conceding the match after dropping the fourth set, 25-12. SMU’s Carla Armstrong sealed the victory for SMU, which finished Friday with 51 kills.
Connecticut continues its road trip on Sunday when it visits Tulsa in a match set for 1 p.m. ET. UConn fans can follow along throughout the match HERE.
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