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STORRS, Conn. – The UConn volleyball team is set to square off against UMKC, Bradley and Grand Canyon this weekend as part of the Bradley Invite in Peoria, Ill.
The Huskies will first play UMKC on Friday, Sept. 15 at 1:30 p.m., before taking on host Bradley in a 7:00 p.m. night cap. The squad will round out tournament play vs. Grand Canyon on Sept. 16 at 10:30 a.m. All matches are set for Eastern Standard Time.
Catching Up With UConn
UConn (4-3) is coming of a 1-2 week after competing in the Villanova Classic. The Huskies began the tournament with a 3-0 sweep against UAlbany before falling to Villanova (3-0) and Princeton, respectively, in their final two matches.
Redshirt-sophomore Kayla Williams is pacing all Huskies in kills and aces, tallying 109 and 16, respectively. Additionally, junior Emma Turner is recording a team-high 300 assists thus far. Defensively, junior Kennedy Arundel owns 123 digs to lead the team, while redshirt-freshman Genna Florig is headlining the defense with 27 total blocks.
Scouting the Competition
UMKC enters the tournament 4-6 after dropping its most recent match at in-state rival Kansas State, 3-1, on Sept. 12. Alicia Harrington is boasting a team-best 113 kills, while her seven aces mark second on the squad. Rhegan Spiegel’s 136 digs leads three different players who are recording over 100 digs apiece as part of a tough UMKC defense. Friday’s contest marks the first contest between the two programs in the sport of volleyball.
Bradley (3-7) is looking to get back on track after posting a 1-2 clip at the CEFCU Classic. The Braves split day one of the tournament with a 3-2 loss to Illinois-Chicago, before bouncing back with a 3-0 win against Murray State. The Huskies currently hold a 1-0 lead in the all-time series against Bradley.
Grand Canyon sits 4-5 on the season and is currently riding a three-game skid. The Lopes were outscored 9-1 in sets last week, falling to Fordham, Gonzaga and Idaho, respectively, at the GCU Tournament. Saturday’s match will be the first meeting between UConn and Grand Canyon in the sport of volleyball.
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.