STORRS, Conn. – The University of Connecticut volleyball team closed out the 2017 season with a tough 3-2 loss against American rival Temple on Friday afternoon. The Huskies conclude the fall with an 11-21 overall record and a 4-16 clip in conference action.
Junior Iman McGary paced all players with a career-high 28 kills. Freshman Ally Barrett and junior Kennedy Arundel chipped in with 13 and 10 kills, respectivly, to join McGary with double-digit kills. The trio each notched double-doubles as McGary led the group with 16 digs while Barrett and Arundel added 14 apiece.
Finding itself down 2-0 early in the match, UConn battled back in the third and fourth set and forced a winner-take-all final game. The Huskies held a slight 8-6 edge in the fifth set but back-to-back kills by the Owls would give the squad the lead for good.
The two teams traded points early in the first set to lock the scored 12-12 before Temple scored four straight points to build a 16-12 lead. UConn would later cut the deficit to three points, 20-17, but the Owls finished the set with a 5-1 scoring run, 25-18.
Game two saw 18 ties and four lead changes but it was Temple who snuck away with the win. UConn rallied to take a late 17-15 lead but Temple retaliated to knot it 22-22. From there, the match was tied four different times before settling at 25-25. The Owls would get the final two points following an UConn error and a kill, 27-25.
UConn trailed throughout most of the set before gaining a 17-15 advantage. Temple would tie the score at 18-18 but the Huskies continued to roll and ended the game on a 7-2 scoring run to win its first set of the match, 25-20.
The Huskies jumped out to a large 16-7 lead in the fourth set. Temple rallied to cut UConn’s lead to 18-15 but the Huskies would react with a pair of points to put them up 20-15. The Owls came back to knot it 24-24 but UConn closed the book with two straight points for the 26-24 victory.
The Huskies started the fifth up 6-4. The teams would soon trade points to lock the score 8-8 and 9-9, respectively, before Temple took an 11-9 lead for good. UConn would cut it to one, 13-12, but the Owls held strong and posted the final 15-12 win.