Sept. 16, 2010
Match Notes in PDF Format
Match 8 - Friday, Sept. 17
vs. Cornell - 3:30 p.m.
Place: Hamilton, N.Y.
Series: Cornell leads, 3-2
Last Meeting: UConn, 3-1 (9/19/08)
Match 9 - Saturday, Sept. 18
at Colgate - 1:00 p.m.
Place: Hamilton, N.Y.
Series: UConn leads, 9-2
Last Meeting: UConn, 3-0 (10/30/98)
Match 10 - Saturday, Sept. 18
vs. Akron - 4:00 p.m.
Place: Hamilton, N.Y.
Series: UConn leads, 1-0
Last Meeting: UConn, 3-2 (9/12/03)
The Week Ahead
The Huskies will conclude their early season tournament schedule with the Colgate Invitational this weekend (Friday, Sept. 17-Saturday, Sept. 18). UConn will face Cornell in a 3:30 p.m. contest on Friday, while playing host Colgate on Saturday at 1:00 p.m. and Akron at 4:00 p.m. The Huskies hold a 12-5 all-time record over all three opponents combined, with nine victories coming against the Colgate Raiders. The most recent victory was a 3-2 win over Cornell during the 2008 season.
The Last Time Out
The Huskies continued tournament play at the Active Ankle Challenge hosted by Purdue University last weekend, dropping three-set decisions to Belmont and Purdue and falling to Duquesne in their first four-set match of the season. UConn also traveled to Northeastern for a mid-week contest, falling to the Huskies of Northeastern in three sets. The Husky offense was led by Jordan Kirk (32 kills) and Rebecca Murray (26 kills), while Mattison Quayle led the squad with seven service aces. Kelsey Maving had 68 digs over the past week of action, with Allison Nickel (11 BA) and Morgan Freeman (1 BS, 9 BA) leading UConn in blocks. Below are match-by-match scores:
Match 4: Belmont 3, Connecticut 0 (25-22, 25-18, 27-25)
Match 5: Purdue 3, Connecticut 0 (25-12, 25-21, 25-14)
Match 6: Duquesne 3, Connecticut 1 (20-25, 25-18, 25-20, 25-21)
Match 7: Northeastern 3, Connecticut 0 (22-25, 15-25, 23-25)
Maving Earns All-Tournament Honor
Sophomore Kelsey Maving was named to the Active Ankle Challenge All-Tournament Team last weekend after leading the Huskies with 59 digs (5.90 digs per set). Maving's 59 digs was also the highest total posted by any player during the tournament, with a season-high of 26 against Duquesne. Maving also tallied five assists, two service aces and a kill throughout the tournament.
Over the first two weeks of action, the Huskies have held their opponents to just a .135 hitting percentage, the lowest in the BIG EAST. This is due to the blocking efforts of Allison Nickel and Morgan Freeman who have combined for 38 blocks this season, and the 117 digs that Kelsey Maving has recorded during the first seven matches. West Virginia is second in the conference with a .140 opponent hitting percentage while Louisville is third with .149.
Maving Leads BIG EAST
Kelsey Maving continues to make an impact on the Husky defense, leading the BIG EAST with 5.68 digs per set. Maving has led UConn in digs in six matches this year, with a season-high of 26 coming against Duquesne last weekend. The 26 digs also marks the second highest match total of her career, behind her 33 dig effort against UC Irvine last season.
...And Is Seventh In NCAA Rankings
Maving's 5.68 digs per set ranks her seventh in the NCAA Division I standings which were released Tuesday, September 14. Maving is the highest ranked BIG EAST player, with Villanova's Kim Maroon ranked 11th (5.65 DPS) as the only other conference athlete to be ranked in the top-50.
After a career-high four service aces against Duquesne (9/11), Mattison Quayle now ranks seventh in the BIG EAST in service aces per set with 0.41 (9 service aces). She is the second Husky to be ranked in the category, behind teammate Rebecca Murray who is fourth averaging 0.50 aces per set. Quayle has posted at least one service ace in five matches this season, including four against Duquesne and two against Belmont.
Roidt Back To Lead Husky Offense
After missing the first six matches of 2010 due to illness, sophomore Angela Roidt started her UConn career with a team-high 25 assists at Northeastern (9/14). She also had a pair of kills on five attempts, for a career best .400 hitting percentage. Roidt will relieve Jordan Kirk and Allison Nickel who have been captaining the Husky offense during her absence, combining for 148 assists over the first two weeks of the season.
Double It Up
Jordan Kirk recorded UConn's first double-double of the season against Duquesne last Saturday, with a career-high 20 assists and a season-high 10 kills. This is Kirk's third double-double of her career, recording one against TCU (9/5) and Harvard (9/8) last season. She is also one of just three current Vikings to have posted a double-double as a Husky, joining Rebecca Murray (4) and Mattison Quayle (4).
Freeman Sets BIG EAST Match-High
Morgan Freeman's nine blocks against Brown (9/4) are a 3-set match-high in the BIG EAST this season, ahead of Notre Dame's Hilary Eppink who recorded eight against Weber State (9/4). Freeman's nine blocks also marks the highest total a freshman has recorded during the first weekend of play since Holly Strauss-O'Brien became UConn's head coach in 2005. Teammate Rebecca Murray is the lone Husky to come close, posting five blocks against Davidson as a freshman in 2007.
From Husky To Big Red
The Huskies will see a familiar face on the Cornell bench this weekend, as former UConn standout Kate Seabaugh is an assistant coach for the Big Red. During her playing days as a Husky, Seabaugh (2006-08) recorded 621 kills and 625 digs, was a three-time BIG EAST Academic All-Star and was a 2008 UConn Club Senior Scholar Athlete. This is Seabaugh's first season with the Big Red, and along with her coaching duties she is also working towards her Master of Engineering degree with a concentration in Financial Engineering.
Scouting The Zips
Akron enters the Colgate Invitational after winning two out of three matches at their own Akron Invitational, topping Indiana State and St. Francis (Pa.) last weekend. The Zips' 5-4 record makes Akron the only winning team at the invitational, with Colgate even at 5-5. Statistically, Akron is led by junior Courtney Jarvis (94 kills) and sophomores Morgan Kuhn (255 assists), Chelsea Harvey (127 digs) and Paiton Twitty (34 blocks).
Scouting The Raiders
Colgate enters the weekend with a 5-5 record, including a 2-2 split at the Canisius/Niagara Invitational, with wins over Robert Morris and Niagara. Freshman Kaylee Fifer was named the Patriot League Volleyball Rookie of the Week after posting 96 assists and 29 digs at the invitational. Maureen Colligan (94 kills) and Kaylee Dougherty (89 kills) lead the Raider offense, while Devon Applegate (139 digs) anchors the defense along with Casey Ritt (31 blocks) and Dougherty (27 blocks).
Scouting The Big Red
Cornell enters Friday's contest on a five-match losing streak, winning only their first match of the season against Siena College. Leading the Big Red so far during 2010 have been; Kelly Hansen (69 K, 21 D, 19 BA), Madeleine Przybyl (40 K, 13 D, 23 BA), Jordan Reeder (13 K, 167 A, 68 D, 10 BA) and Risa Ka'awa (19 A, 122 D).
Return To Gampel
The Huskies will finally return home to Gampel Pavilion to host the University of New Hampshire on Friday, September 24 at 7:00 p.m. and open BIG EAST play against Villanova on Sunday, September 26 beginning at 2:00 p.m.