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Yale Gives Volleyball First Loss of the Season

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (September 12, 2006) –
The University of Connecticut volleyball team suffered its first loss of the season to Yale (24-30, 30-26, 30-28, 27-30, 11-15) on Tuesday, Sept. 12, in New Haven, Conn. The Huskies now have an 8-1 record.

Yale jumped out early in game one to grab the lead at 13-8, but behind two straight kills from junior Sade Chambers (Baldwinsville, N.Y.), the Huskies fought back to force the Bulldogs into a timeout at 13-12. Yale then capitalized on UConn errors late in the game to win 30-24.

Game two saw the Huskies taking an early lead behind serves from freshman Bridget Denson-Dorman (Maple Grove, Minn.), but Yale fought back. The two teams went point for point before three consecutive kills by UConn gave them a 22-17 lead. The Bulldogs wouldn’t go away as they tied the game 23-23, but two straight kills from freshman Kate Seabuagh (St. Louis, Mo.) and a service ace by junior Julie Pickard (Hillsborough, N.C.) gave UConn the win in game two.

UConn had the lead early in game three and after three consecutive kills by sophomore Sarah Singer (Waukesha, Wisc.), the Huskies were ahead 16-7. The Bulldogs came back behind Alexis Crusey kills, but Seabaugh put the game away at 30-28.

Game four stayed close the entire way, but Yale had control of the lead the whole way. The Huskies went on a run late in the game, powered by serves from junior Gina Heiderman (Niles, Ill.), but the Bulldogs held on to win 30-27.

In the fifth and final game, Yale led 7-3 to force a UConn timeout. Freshman Devon Farrell (Lafayette, Calif.) served up four points to even the score at 8-8. But the Bulldogs were too much as a kill by Shannon Farrell won the match for Yale, 15-11.

Seabaugh recorded a team-high 20 kills with 10 digs. Singer posted 12 kills, while Farrell and Heiderman each had 11. Denson-Dorman controlled the offense with a match-high 59 assists while freshman Jessica Isaac (Erlanger, Ky.) had a 24 dig defensive effort.

UConn now travels to compete in the Minnesota Diet Coke Challenge, Sept. 15-16. The first opponent for the Huskies will be Minnesota on Friday at 8:30 p.m.