LIVE STATS: LSU | Southern Miss | Virginia
STORRS, Conn. – The University of Connecticut volleyball team returns to action this week in the LSU Tiger Classic, following a two-match sweep of the Syracuse Invitational on opening weekend.
The Huskies (2-0) earned wins over Syracuse and Colgate, both by a 3-1 margin, to remain unbeaten on their way to Baton Rouge, La. to face LSU, Southern Miss and Virginia.
UConn travels to the bayou today for Friday matches against the Tigers (11 a.m. ET) and the Golden Eagles (6:30 p.m. ET), while facing the Cavaliers on Saturday at 12 p.m. ET. All three matches can be followed on LSU Stat Broadcast or @UConnVB on Twitter.
Senior outside hitter Jade Strawberry was named to the American Athletic Conference Honor Roll in the first week after leading the Huskies with 31 kills and 79 total attacks. Junior middle blocker Tosin Adeniyi has a team-high .542 hitting percentage.
Sophomore setter Emma Turner has also emerged onto the scene, leading the team with 62 assists in the first two games. Turner is averaging 7.75 assists per set thus far, compared to her 4.83 assists per set as a freshman.
The Huskies currently lead all of Division I in kills per set (17.0) and assists per set (15.75), but prepare for three road matches this weekend against opponents from the SEC, Conference USA and the ACC.
SCOUTING THE COMPETITION
LSU is 2-1 to start the season, holding wins over Eastern Kentucky and UNC Greensboro in the Duke Invitational. The Tigers are coming off a 9-20 (5-13 SEC) season and return a young team, consisting of 10 freshmen and sophomore players.
A strong showing in the Southern Miss Invitational leaves the Golden Eagles with a 3-1 record to start the season. The only loss came to Tulane of the American Athletic Conference. Southern Miss is coming off two straight season with 20 or more wins.
The Cavaliers are 2-1 with wins over Buffalo and George Washington, but a loss in their most recent match against Northwestern. Virginia was 18-13 (10-10 ACC) in 2015 and return a balanced mix of seven freshmen, two sophomores, four juniors and three seniors.
UConn’s history with all three programs is limited. The Huskies are 0-1 against LSU, 1-2 against Virginia and have never before played Southern Miss.