Sept. 14, 2012
STORRS, Conn. - Connecticut plays its opening round game of the New England Challenge at home against Harvard before heading to Boston on Saturday for contests against Boston College and Northeastern at NU. The Huskies and Crimson last met on September 8, 2009; a 3-2 UConn win. Jordan Kirk recorded a double-double with 12 kills and 13 digs to lead the Husky attack.
Last Time Out
UConn wrapped up a third place finish with a 2-2 record at the Dr. Mary Jo Wynn Invitational, hosted by Missouri State, last weekend. The Huskies recorded wins over New Orleans and Nebraska-Omaha by scores of 3-0 and 3-2, respectively. Sophomore outside hitter Devon Maugle led the way with 58 kills; 3.87 per set and a pair of double-doubles. Against Northern Illinois, she netted a career-high 19 kills and hit .308 for the match with 11 digs.
A Look at the Crimson
Harvard enters the weekend with a 2-4 record after a 2-1 weekend to open the month, including wins over Manhattan and Providence. Senior outside hitter Taylor Docter is the team’s leading attacker with 59 kills and 2.95 kills per set, while freshman Kathleen Wallace has posted 55 kills and a .353 kill percentage. Freshman Hannah Schmidt and senior Beth Kinsella have split the setting duties; both averaging better than five assists per set.
Maugle leads Connecticut with four double-doubles on the season, while senior outside hitter Mattison Quayle is second on the team with three. Maugle’s first of the season came against Dartmouth at the UConn Classic when she registered 17 kills and a season-high 14 digs. She has reached double figures in kills in six matches, netting more than 15 on five occasions. Quayle’s first double-double of the year came in a 20-kill, 11-dig effort against UC Santa Barbara at the LMU Invitational. It marked the third match of her career with 20 kills of more.
On the Leaderboard
Senior libero Kelsey Maving leads all BIG EAST players in digs per set at 5.79 and ranks ninth in all of Division I. For the season, she has totaled 220 digs and has moved into fourth on the Connecticut all-time digs list with 1,499. Maving is just one dig away from becoming just the fourth player in program history to reach the 1,500-dig mark. Jessica Issac holds the program record with 2,064 career digs.
Assistant coach Kristin Kenney is in her first season on the Connecticut staff after serving in the same role at Harvard from 2007-2011. Kenney is also a 2007 graduate of Boston College where she was a four-year starter as a defnsive specialist. The Huskies play against her alma mater at Northeastern at 1:00 pm on Saturday.
After posting a 4-10 mark, 14-15 overall, in league play a year ago, UConn was pegged for 10th in the BIG EAST Preseason Coaches’ Poll, receiving 72 points. Louisville is the preseason favorite to repeat after a 13-1 conference campaign in 2011, garnering 168 points on 12 first place votes.