Aug. 29, 2012
STORRS, Conn. - The University of Connecticut volleyball teams hosts the UConn Classic at Gampel Pavilion this weekend for the eighth consecutive season. The Huskies welcome local rivals Dartmouth and Fairfield as well as Big Ten opponent Michigan State for six games on August 31 and September 1.
"We are excited to welcome a Big Ten opponent into Gampel for the UConn Classic and battle them on our home floor alongside two of our regional rivals in Dartmouth and Fairfield," stated head coach Holly Strauss-O'Brien.
About the Huskies… UConn is 1-2 on the young season after completing a 14-15 campaign in 2011. The Connecticut roster is made up of just four upperclassmen and 10 sophomores and freshmen. Senior outside hitter Mattison Quayle returns after posting 323 kills a year ago along with fellow seniors Kelsey Maving and Angela Roidt. Maving totaled 578 digs in 2011 as the team’s libero, while Roidt collected 1,038 assists at setter.
Recapping the LMU Invite… The Huskies lost their season opener to Loyola Marymount in Los Angeles last Friday, but left the West Coast with a win over UC-Santa Barbara, 3-0. UConn fell short in its final match of the weekend against Iona, 3-1. The Huskies were narrowly defeated in the first and second sets 24-26 and 26-28, respectively. Quayle and junior middle blocker Jackie Wattles were each named to the All-Tournament Team. Quayle recorded 35 kills, including 20 against UCSB, the fourth match of her career with 20 or more kills and the first time she has done so in a three-set match. Wattles hit .259 with 21 kills and totaled five blocks.
Maving picked up 59 digs at the LMU Invitational last weekend to lift her career total to 1,338. She now ranks seventh all-time at Connecticut
after passing Kim Lobach (1,332). Maving trails Jen Halusek (1,393) for sixth in program history. Jessica Issac holds the program-mark with 2,064.
2011 UConn Classic… Connecticut swept the field in the 2011 UConn Toyota Classic without dropping a set. The Huskies defeated Holy Cross, Howard and Binghamton on their way to winning their fourth title at the classic. Jordan Kirk was named the tournament’s MVP after totaling 35 kills and a .384 kill percentage.