LIVE STATS: Harvard | Boston College | Northeastern
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The University of Connecticut volleyball team will play in its fourth and final consecutive weekend tournament when it heads to Cambridge, Mass. to take part in the New England Challenge on Sept. 18-19. The Huskies will open action against tournament host Harvard on Friday at 6 p.m. before challenging Boston College at 10:30 a.m. and Northeastern at 4:30 p.m. on Saturday.
UConn (5-3) is coming off a 1-1 weekend at the Dartmouth Tournament. The Huskies swept West Virginia in a convincing fashion before falling to the tournament host in four sets. Seniors Immanuella Anagu (Culver City, Calif.) and Erika Thomas (Ocoee, Fla.) were named to the All-Tournament team after delivering 14 and 12 kills, respectively, throughout the weekend.
With 349 blocks for her career, Anagu only needs three blocks to rank fifth among UConn’s career blocks leaders.
Through eight matches, UConn ranks 50th nationally and third in the American Athletic Conference in aces per set (1.64). Freshman Kennedy Arundel (Chicago, Ill.) checks in at No. 4 with 0.42 aces/set while junior Jade Strawberry (Tallahassee, Fla.) comes in eighth (0.36). The Huskies are also third in the league with 2.07 blocks/set. Anagu has been instrumental in UConn’s success at the net and stands second in the conference with 1.19 blocks/set. She also ranks fifth in hitting percentage (.375).
Friday’s match against the Crimson (2-5) will be the 22nd time the two teams have squared off. The programs last met in 2012, when the Huskies were victorious in straight sets. UConn holds a 17-4 lead over Harvard in the all-time series.
The Huskies and Eagles (5-4) have a long history, meeting 50 times over the years with UConn sporting a 39-11 record in the series. Connecticut swept Boston College when the two teams last took the court in 2012. When the Huskies battle Northeastern (3-9) on Sunday, it will mark the first outing since 2013, where Northeastern bested UConn in five sets. Connecticut trails 21-12 in the series history.