Nov. 29, 2013
(CINCINNATI) – The UConn women’s volleyball team finished its 2013 strong on Friday afternoon, topping Cincinnati (3-29, 3-15 American) in five sets (25-18, 25-20, 18-25, 29-31, 15-10) at Fifth Third Arena. With the victory, the Huskies conclude the 2013 season with a record of 14-19, including a 5-13 mark in their first season of American Athletic Conference play.
UConn got double-digit kills from three players in the victory, including Karson Ratliff (Wake Forest, N.C.) hitting the mark for the fourth straight match with a team-high 16 kills on .353 hitting. UConn also got 14 kills on .387 attacking with five total blocks from Immanuella Anagu (Culver City, Calif.) and a 13-kill, 14-dig double-double from Devon Maugle (Plymouth Meeting, Pa.).
Jade Strawberry (Tallahassee, Fla.) and Erika Thomas (Ocoee, Fla.) also helped to power the UConn offense in the win, notching nine and eight kills, respectively. Strawberry also added four total blocks, while Thomas led all players with seven rejections and grabbed six digs. Defensively, Brianna Datti (Durham, N.H.) scooped 21 digs to lead all players, while Marissa Prinzbach notched a 49-assist, 10-dig double-double. Sage Esposito (Milford, Conn.) was the fourth Husky in double-digit digs with 13, and Amy Christensen (Ashburn, Va.) added five.
Me’Ashah Nicholson led the UC attack with 16 kills on .448 hitting, while Ciara Hill added 15 kills for the Bearcats. Madi Lang turned in a 56-dig, 12-dig double-double for the Bearcats and Breanna Barksdale and Amelia Wegman each added nine kills.
The Huskies came out fast, winning the first two sets. After surviving a 4-0 UC run to open the first frame, UConn tied the contest at 7-all with a Maugle ace before reeling off an 11-4 run to force two Bearcat timeouts and build a lead it would not relent. Anagu led all players with five kills in the set.
Cincinnati led the second set for much of the frame, going up 15-11 after UConn was forced to use its second timeout. The Huskies responded with four in a row to tie the contest, and closed the set with five of the final six points, capping it kills by Strawberry and Anagu to go up 2-0 in the match.
The Bearcats would not go away, however, and took home the third 25-18 before winning a marathon fourth, 31-29. In the fifth, UConn regrouped and went up 6-3 early before a Cincinnati stoppage. The Huskies ran their lead to as many as seven in the decisive set, finally sealing it with a kill from senior Jackie Wattles (Liberty Hill, Texas) who scored the final point in her final match in National Flag Blue and White.
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