Nov. 22, 2013
STORRS, Conn. – Karson Ratliff (Wake Forest, N.C.) recorded 13 kills and Immanuella Anagu (Culver City, Calif.) added 12 of her own as the UConn women’s volleyball team (13-17, 4-11 The American) defeated conference rival Memphis (13-16, 5-10 American) in three sets (27-25, 25-20, 25-23) on Friday afternoon at Harry A. Gampel Pavilion. The win was the second in a row for the Huskies.
In addition to the strong outings by Ratliff and Anagu, who hit .455 and .440, respectively, the Huskies got 36 assists and four blocks from setter Marissa Prinzbach (Cincinnati, Ohio). Most of her combo blocks came alongside Anagu, who led all players with eight total blocks. Devon Maugle (Plymouth Meeting, Pa.), Erika Thomas (Ocoee, Fla.) and Camille Evans (Chicago, Ill.) each posted four kills for Connecticut, with Maugle adding seven digs.
Defensively, Brianna Datti (Durham, N.H.) and Amy Christensen (Ashburn, Va.) each scooped 13 digs to lead the Huskies. Sage Esposito (Milford, Conn.) joined them in double figures with 10 digs, and Thomas and Prinzbach also secured three. Memphis was led by 12 kills from Lauren Hawkins, while Aleksandra Petronijevic led the Tigers with 18 digs and Veronica Zimmerman just missed a double-double with 41 assists and nine scoops.
The first set started out tight, as Ratliff notched a kill to bring the score to 5-5. The teams traded points until the Tigers were able to jump out to an 18-16 lead on a UConn error, forcing a Connecticut stoppage. A Mackenzie Hayes kill brought the match to 21-18 before UConn used a second timeout. Following the timeout, Connecticut broke out for its own 5-1 run, capped off by a kill from Anagu as Memphis called its first stoppage of the match. The Huskies finished the set strong, getting a kill from Anagu and a service ace from Maugle to win the set, 27-25.
Memphis came out firing in the second set, jumping out to a 4-0 lead, and forcing the Huskies to use a quick timeout. The Huskies battled back, tying the match at 8-8 on a combination block by Prinzbach and Thomas A 6-2 run by Memphis led to a UConn timeout before Connecticut responded with its own 6-1 run, capped by an Anagu kill, and Memphis decided to call its first timeout of the set. UConn tacked on two quick points forcing the Tigers to use another timeout. The Huskies sealed the set with a kill from Jackie Wattles (Liberty Hill, Texas) and earned a 2-0 advantage in the match.
UConn started strong in the third set, charging out to a 7-3 lead and forcing their conference foes into a clock stoppage. A 6-3 Memphis run resulted in a UConn timeout as the Tigers drew even at 9-9. The teams traded points after a Tiger error brought the set to 16-16 before the Huskies were able to grab a 21-19 led, helped by an attacking error by Sydni Etheredge. The Tigers clawed back to take a 23-22 edge as UConn used another timeout. The Huskies stormed back with three consecutive points and closed the set, 25-23, earning the match win.
The Huskies are back in action for their final home match this season set for Sunday, November 24th at 2 p.m. against Temple. Last month, the Owls defeated the Huskies in straight sets (12-25, 21-25, 27-25) at McGonigle Hall.