STORRS, Conn. – The UConn volleyball team put a scare into first-place SMU on Friday afternoon, but fell short, 3-1, in Gampel Pavilion on Senior Day. Five Huskies were honored for their four years as student-athletes before the match.
Seniors Hayley Cmajdalka, Camille Evans, Jessika Long, Rebecca Rivera and Jade Strawberry each walked onto the court with their families and received framed jerseys to commemorate their time with UConn volleyball.
The Huskies (16-15, 7-13 American) wrapped-up their 2016 season with a four-set loss to the Mustangs, who clinched the American Athletic Conference championship with the win, despite a strong first set.
UConn rolled in the first game to a 25-16 victory and a 1-0 edge in the match, as the Huskies held SMU to a .105 team hitting percentage. Redshirt freshman Kayla Williams had four of her team-high 11 kills in the first set.
Playing in front of the Senior Day crowd, the Huskies came out with an energetic effort – taking a 15-10 lead and winning 10 of the final 16 points to take the set.
In need of a win to secure a spot in the NCAA Tournament, SMU trailed in a match for the first time since Nov. 4 against Cincinnati.
In the final three sets, however, SMU won 25-11, 25-12, and 25-17 to earn a season-sweep over the Huskies. Cmajdalka and junior Danielle Cabel each had eight kills in the regular-season finale, while sophomore Elizabeth Kline had a team-high 15 digs.
In terms of season production, Williams led UConn in kills (3.47) and digs (2.94) per set in 2016. Sophomore Emma Turner averaged a team-best 6.18 assists per set, while junior Tosin Adeniyi had 0.70 blocks per set.
In cumulative statistics, the Huskies had more kills, assists, aces, digs and points than their opponents. UConn’s record matches that of 2015, as it secures an overall winning record for the second-straight season.