Holly Strauss-O'Brien is 8-0 all-time in home openers
Sep 3, 2013
STORRS, Conn. -- With one tournament and three games under its belt, the UConn women's volleyball team (1-2) opens its 2013 Gampel Pavilion home slate by hosting the Hartford Hawks (1-3) on Tuesday night. The match kicks off at 7 p.m.
LAST TIME OUT
UConn spent last weekend in Fort Wayne, Ind. participating in the IPFW Hyatt Place Invitational. The Huskies finished as the runners-up in the tournament, falling in the tournament championship to the host Mastodons. After a five-set defeat in the opener against Southern Illinois on Aug. 30, Connecticut bounced back by sweeping Duquesne on Aug. 31 before falling in four sets to IPFW. For their efforts in the tournament, UConn’s Jade Strawberry and Erika Thomas were named to the All-Tournament Team. Strawberry added an American Athletic Conference Weekly Honor Roll nod to her accolades as well.
The Hawks visit Gampel with a 1-3 record on the year, with their lone win coming against Canisius on Aug. 31. Hartford also opened its season at a tournament, participating in the Canisius Invitational in Buffalo, N.Y., They also faced Cleveland State, Eastern Michigan and North Carolina State there, in addition to their victory against the hosts. Hartford is led by Dionna Kirton, who paces the squad in kills (37) and digs (51), also posting eight service aces. Jackie Tamburri has also scooped 51 digs for the Hawks, and leads them with 146 assists, good for 9.73/set.
HUSKIES IN HOME OPENERS
UConn is 27-6 in home openers since 1980, the first year home/away records are available. Under Holly Strauss-O’Brien, the Huskies have posted a perfect 8-0 record in their Gampel Pavilion Openers. Since they began playing home contests in Gampel in 1993, the Huskies have notched a 16-3 mark in home openers.
HUSKIES VS. HAWKS
UConn is 24-3 all-time against Hartford, and has won the last 13 installments of the series.
Following Tuesday night's contest, UConn will host the annual UConn Classic this weekend, beginning on Friday, Sept. 6. The Huskies will first take on their Husky counterparts of Northeastern on Friday at 7:30 p.m., before battling Albany and Pittsburg on Sept. 7 at 12 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., respectively.