STORRS, Conn. (September 20, 2006) – Led by freshman Devon Farrell (Lafayette, Calif.) and junior Sade Chambers (Baldwinsville, N.Y.) who had nine kills apiece, the University of Connecticut volleyball team defeated Fordham 3-0 (32-30, 30-24, 30-24) on Wednesday, Sept. 20.
The Huskies (10-3) took an early lead in game one behind freshman Bridget Denson-Dorman (Maple Grove, Minn.) who had two service aces in three points. Fordham (11-5) got on a roll and came within one point with the score showing 10-9. After three kills from Chambers in only five points, the Rams took a time out with the score 24-19. Fordham wouldn’t back down as they fought off two straight game points before UConn went on to win game one, 32-30.
Freshman Jessica Isaac (Erlanger, Ky.) got things going in the second game to give the Huskies an 8-3 lead off steady serving. Two attack errors by Fordham put UConn up 11-4, making the Rams take a timeout. Three straight kills by the Huskies pushed the lead to 14-6. Fordham got some lift from Jamee Stimson with three kills to put the Rams back in the game at 16-12 with UConn taking a timeout. Fordham got the score to within one at 23-22 but the Huskies came up with the points when they were needed the most when senior Megan Silver (Snohomish, Wash.) and freshman Kate Seabaugh (St. Louis, Mo.) had kills followed by an Isaac service ace. Farrell closed out game two with a service ace to win 30-24.
Junior Gina Heiderman (Niles, Ill.) took control of game three right off the bat as she put the Huskies up 4-0 off serves. Fordham came back to even the score at 11-11 but a 3-0 run by UConn put the Huskies back on top, 14-11. The Rams tied the game once again at 17-17, but four unanswered points from UConn pushed the lead to 21-17 and the Rams took a timeout. Two straight kills from Farrell sealed the match for the Huskies with UConn winning the third and final game 30-24.
Silver and Seabaugh each finished with eight kills while Heiderman had six. Denson-Dorman collected 36 assists while Isaac chipped in 13 digs on the night.
UConn had a great defensive effort as the team finished with 13 total blocks.
The Huskies hit the road to kick off BIG EAST play as they travel to take on West Virginia on Saturday, Sept. 23. Match time is set for 2 p.m.