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Huskies Drop Five-Set Match to Tulsa

Nov. 23, 2016

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STORRS, Conn. – Four players recorded double-digit kills for the UConn volleyball team on Wednesday afternoon, but Tulsa won the final two sets to clip the Huskies at Gampel Pavilion, 3-2.

Junior Danielle Cabel and sophomore Iman McGary each had a team-high 14 kills. McGary had a double-double, with 11 digs to go with her 14 kills.

The Huskies (16-14, 7-12 American) held a 2-1 lead, before the Golden Hurricane rallied for the five-set win – 25-14, 23-25, 25-21, 22-25 and 11-15. Redshirt freshman Kayla Williams added a double-double of 12 kills and a career-high 23 digs.

Junior Tosin Adeniyi had a breakout game, recording 11 kills on 20 attacks (.450 hitting percentage) and a team-best five blocks. Sophomore Kennedy Arundel added to the defensive effort, recording 25 digs.

UConn hit .278 as a team in the first set, holding Tulsa to a .000 percentage. McGary and senior Hayley Cmajdalka each had three kills, as the Huskies cruised to a 1-0 lead.

Trailing 22-18 in the second set, the Huskies attempted a comeback bid that fell just short. UConn went on a 5-3 run, but an attack error by McGary tied the match, 1-1. Cabel had five kills on nine attacks in the game.

Williams had four kills and seven digs, while UConn totaled four team blocks in a 25-21 win in the third set. Tied 16-16, it was a 9-5 stretch that put the Huskies ahead, 2-1.

It was a .326 hitting percentage by Tulsa in the fourth set that put the Huskies behind from the start. Trailing by as many as six points, UConn got four kills each from Williams and McGary, but dropped the fourth game.

In a tightly-contested fifth set, the score was tied, 11-11, before Tulsa won the final four points of the match to sneak past UConn. The Huskies hit just .091 as a team in the deciding set.

Sophomore Emma Turner and senior Rebecca Rivera combined for 23 digs in the loss. UConn falls to 1-5 this season in five-set matches.

UConn wraps-up the 2016 season on Friday against SMU. First serve is at 12 p.m. and it will be Senior Day for the Huskies’ five graduating players.