Sep 6, 2013
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STORRS, Conn. -- Fresh off a straight sets sweep of Hartford in its home opener on Tuesday, the UConn women's volleyball team (2-2) hosts the 2013 UConn Classic this weekend at Gampel Pavilion. Storrs will play host to six matches tonight (Sept. 6) and tomorrow (Sept. 7), featuring Albany (0-3), Northeastern (1-3) and Pittsburgh (2-2) as well as the host Huskies. The tournament gets underway with Albany vs. Pittsburgh tonight at 5 p.m.
UConn is 48-13 all-time in the UConn Classic, with the first rendition coming in the 1989 season. It has commenced every season since, with the exception of 1998. The Huskies have swept the tournament 10 times, most recently in 2011, and have only posted a losing record one time. UConn also formerly hosted the Storrs Invitational, which ran in various forms from 1987-2004.
The UConn Classic is the second of four in-season tournaments the Huskies will take part in this year. After finishing as runners-up at the IPFW Invitational last weekend, UConn travels to Atlanta for the Courtyard Classic next weekend, then visits Hanover, N.H. the following weekend for the Dartmouth Duel.
While the Huskies have only faced Albany twice, a pair of Great Dane victories, Northeastern and Pittsburgh are familiar foes. UConn is 12-20 against NU, and 9-16 versus former BIG EAST rival Pitt.
SCOUTING THE OPPOSITION
The Huskies from Boston visit Storrs sitting at 1-3 on the year after defeating New Hampshire on Tuesday. Ken Nichols’ squad is coming off back-to-back 20-win seasons in the Colonial Athletic Association, and NU swept UConn last year in the New England Challenge at Northeastern. The Red and Black Huskies are led by Kelly Bacon, who has posted a team-high 52 kills on the year. Natalia Skiba leads the squad with 5.67 digs/set, and Ina Kamenova is tops with 5.67 assists/set.
The Great Danes head to Gampel in search of their first win of the 2013 campaign, failing to win a set in three matches at the Los Angeles Westside Invitational against UCLA, Loyola Marymount and North Texas. Amanda Dolan and Tatum Jungsten lead the UA attack, each with 17 kills in the early goings. Dolan also connects a .245 clip, with just five errors on 49 total attacks. Viktoriia Stroilo is tops on the squad with 5.22 digs/set, and Rebecca Rivera dishes out 5.67 assists per game.
The Panthers have started their inaugural season in the ACC at 2-2, after splitting four contests at the Mizzou Tournament in Columbia, Mo. Pitt defeated Arkansas State and South Dakota, but fell to host Missouri as well as Idaho State. On Tuesday, the Panthers dropped an exhibition contest against the Polish professional side Dabrowa, 3-1. Coming off a 17-13 2012 campaign, Pitt is led by Jessica Wynn and Kate Yeazel, who have combined for 88 kills this year. Lindsey Sitzke and Jenna Jacobson split setting duties, averaging 5.71 and 4.71 assists/set, respectively. Delaney Clesen leads the squad in digs, scopping 4.07 a set.
|9/6||Albany vs. Pittsburgh||5 p.m.||Link|
|9/6||Northeastern vs. UConn||7:30 p.m.||Link|
|9/7||Pittsburgh vs. Northeastern||10 a.m.||Link|
|9/7||Albany vs. UConn||12:30 p.m.||Link|
|9/7||Northeastern vs. Albany||5 p.m.||Link|
|9/7||Pittsburgh vs. UConn||7:30 p.m.||Link|
UConn's two Saturday matches against Albany and Pittsburgh will be streamed on Huskies All-Access, here.