STORRS, Conn. – In its final match of the 2015 season in Harry A. Gampel Pavilion, the University of Connecticut volleyball team fell in four sets (25-22, 17-25, 25-19, 25-20) to Tulsa on Sunday afternoon in an American Athletic Conference matchup. With the loss, the Huskies drop to 16-14 (10-9, The American) while the Golden Hurricane improve to 14-15 (9-8, The American).
Sophomore Kenya Cason (Columbus, Ohio) led the team with 11 kills and 13 digs. Junior Jade Strawberry (Tallahassee, Fla.) also tallied 13 digs along with six kills. Classmate Rebecca Rivera (Mississauga, Ontario) posted 21 assists and 11 digs while freshman Elizabeth Kline (Glenshaw, Pa.) had 14 digs. Rookie Emma Turner (Winter Park, Fla.) dished 16 helpers.
The Golden Hurricane called their first timeout after the Huskies went on a 7-2 run to start the match. Sophomore Tosin Adeniyi (Springfield, Ill.) laid down the spike to put UConn ahead 11-4. Tulsa spent its final timeout of the set when kills from Adeniyi and Thomas gave the Huskies a 17-10 advantage. Sophomore Danielle Cabel (Bettendorf, Iowa) found the right corner to put the home squad up 23-15. Tulsa went on a 7-1 run late to pull within two, forcing UConn to call for time. Out of the break, Cason delivered the final blow to win the set, 25-22.
The second set began with both teams trading points until Connecticut took a slight 6-4 edge. The Golden Hurricane battled back for a brief 11-10 lead until an attack error tied the score at 11. A Tulsa block and consecutive attack errors by UConn put the visitors up 14-11. The Huskies spent their second timeout after Tulsa jumped out to a 19-13 lead. UConn tried to regroup but the Golden Hurricane went on to take the second set, 25-17.
Both squads exchanged blows early, locking the set at 6-6. The Huskies put together three-straight points on kills from Cason and junior Hayley Cmajdalka (College Station, Texas). Tulsa began to rally, getting out to a 15-13 lead midway through the set. Cmajdalka added another scorcher to bring the Huskies within one. The Golden Hurricane kept the momentum on their side, posting a 10-6 run to close out the third set, 25-19.
UConn called its first timeout of the fourth set after Tulsa took a 11-8 lead. Thomas and Anagu joined forces at the net for a huge block to tie the score at 11. The Huskies tried to keep things close but still trailed 18-15 and needed to burn their final timeout. UConn pulled within three, 22-19, after a Tulsa attack error but the Huskies would fall, 25-20, to end the match.