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Volleyball Opens 2015 Season On Friday

Kris Grunwald and the Huskies open the 2015 season on Friday.
Aug. 26, 2015

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STORRS, Conn. – The University of Connecticut volleyball team kicks off the 2015 regular season on Friday, Aug. 28 at the UConn Invite. Opening day of the tournament will take place at the University of Hartford in the Hartford Volleyball Gym and matches on Aug. 29 will be held in Storrs at Gampel Pavilion.

Rhode Island, Syracuse and Hartford will take part in the six-game tournament. UConn’s first match of the tournament will be against Hartford at 12:30 p.m. before facing Rhode Island later that evening at 5 p.m. The Huskies will meet Syracuse for a 3 p.m. match on Saturday to close out the tournament.

Fans unable to attend the matches can follow along live via GameTracker links posted above. In addition, there will be live video streams for each UConn match which can be accessed by CLICKING HERE.

The Huskies hold a 25-3 all-time series record against Hartford, including a 3-0 win in their last meeting on Sept. 3, 2013 in Storrs. Jade Strawberry (Tallahassee, Fla.) posted a double-double with 10 kills and 10 digs. The Hawks are coming off a 17-13 finish in 2014 and will be under the direction of first-year head coach Mitch Kallick.

Connecticut trails in the all-time series to Rhode Island, 15-7. The two programs last met in 2013, where the Huskies battled back from a 2-1 deficit to take a five-set victory over the Rams. Erika Thomas (Ocoee, Fla.) led the charge with 17 kills and five blocks. Immanuella Anagu (Culver City, Calif.) followed up with 14 kills and seven blocks of her own. Veteran head coach Bob Schneck enters his 35 season at the helm for Rhode Island, who closed out 2014 with an 18-10 record.

UConn and Syracuse have met quite a few times over the years. The last encounter between the two teams was in 2012 before the Huskies moved to the American Athletic Conference. Connecticut grabbed a 3-0 victory over the Orange and Thomas hit a team-best .471 with 10 kills and three blocks. Syracuse finished with a 9-21 record last season under head coach Leonid Yelin and holds a 29-14 advantage in the all-time record.

Earlier this month, the Huskies were picked to finish eighth in The American preseason coaches’ poll. Anagu was named to the Preseason All-Conference team.

Lone captain Erika Thomas is looking to lead a squad that returns nine players from last year and adds seven newcomers under second-year head coach Kris Grunwald.