STORRS, Conn. – The UConn volleyball team is set to square off with UAlbany, Villanova and Princeton this weekend as part of the Villanova Classic in Villanova, Pa.
The Huskies will first play UAlbany on Friday, Sept. 8 at 11:00 a.m., before taking on host Villanova in a 7:00 p.m. night cap. The squad will round out tournament play versus Princeton on Sept. 9 at 11:00 a.m.
Catching Up With UConn
UConn (4-2) saw success while hosting its third annual Dog Pound Challenge, going 2-1 with two sweeps. Senior Kenya Cason and junior Emma Turner were named to the All-Tournament team for their performances on the court.
Redshirt-sophomore Kayla Williams ranks 11th in the nation with .065 aces per set and 13th with 15 service aces, while her 75 kills are leading the team. Defensively, junior Kennedy Arundel and redshirt-freshman Genna Florig are leading the team in digs and blocks with 82 and 18, respectively.
Scouting the Competition
UAlbany is looking for their first win of the season after getting off to a 0-6 start. The Great Danes fell in the three matches as host of the Desmond Hotel Invitational, last to Temple in three straight sets. UAlbany met UConn last season in West Point, winning in four sets to stand 3-1 all-time against the Huskies.
The Wildcats (4-2) are back home after a tough west coast trip. Villanova suffered their first two losses of the season last weekend, falling to No. 4 Texas and at No. 17 San Diego in straight sets. The squad was able to conclude the weekend with a 3-1 victory against Georgia Tech, thanks to Allie Loitz match-high 21 kills. UConn and Villanova will meet for the 39th time in the sport of volleyball, as the Wildcats hold a slight, 20-18, edge in the all-time series.
Princeton owns a 3-1 clip so far in 2017 and is coming off a pair of wins. The reigning Ivy League champs will square off against Villanova and UAlbany before facing UConn in its final match of the Villanova Classic. Saturday’s match marks the first time since 1988 that the two squads will meet, as the all-time series is knotted, 2-2.
Junior libero Kennedy Arundel was named the American Athletic Conference Defensive Player of the Week on August 28, following her performance at the St. John’s Invitational. The libero helped UConn to a 2-1 performance during the squad’s opening weekend tournament. Arundel played in all 12 sets during the invitational, recording a team-high 65 digs and 5.42 digs per set, while picking up three assists and two aces.