TULSA, Okla. - Senior Devon Maugle (Plymouth Meeting, Pa.) tallied a team high 12 kills and hit .226, while Sage Esposito (Milford, Conn.) added 21 assists in a losing effort for the UConn women's volleyball team, which fell to Tulsa, 3-0 (13-25, 24-26, 23-25), on the road Sunday afternoon. The Huskies drop to 10-19 overall and 3-15 in American Athletic Conference play this season, while the Golden Hurricane improve to 21-8 overall with the win.
Immanuella Anagu (Culver City, Calif.) added five kills on nine swings and Kenya Cason scooped 15 digs in the setback.
Maugle needs just three digs to become the seventh-ever Husky player to record at least 1,000 career kills and 1,000 career digs. The tri-captain picked up her 1,000th kill against ECU last week.
The Hurricane jumped out to a 11-4 lead in the first set but the Huskies pulled within five after back-to-back kills from Maugle and Anagu. Tulsa pushed the lead to eight but UConn scored four of the next five points to pull with 15-10. A quick 5-to-0 run by the home team extended the lead to 20-10 and the Hurricane took the first set, 25-13, following a kill from Valerie El Houssine.
After giving up an early lead in the second set, the Huskies battled back to tie the score at 10 following a service ace by Cason. Back-and-forth ball by both teams would keep the game close late into the set, but a kill by Tulsa's Erica Bohannon would seal UConn's fate and give Tulsa a win in the second set, 26-24. Bohannon ultimately finished the game with a team high 15 kills.
The Huskies went point-for-point with Tulsa in the beginning of the third set, until a Tulsa run gave the home team a 10-6 lead. UConn battled back to even the game at 15 courtesy of a kill from Anagu. A kill by Erika Thomas gave UConn a 20-18 lead late in the third set, but a comeback by Tulsa handed them the third set, 25-23, and the match, 3-0.
Connecticut returns home on Wednesday, November 26 to take on Houston in a match set for 7 p.m. The 2014 season concludes on Friday, Nov. 28.
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