STORRS, Conn. (Sept. 20, 2008) – The University of Connecticut’s volleyball team saw its three-match winning streak snapped on Saturday afternoon at Harry A. Gampel Pavilion. The Huskies lost a close 3-2 (23-25, 25-20, 25-16, 21-25, 15-13) match to Maine in the second day of the Toyota Classic.
Jessica Issac (Erlanger, Ky.) had a season-high 24 digs for the UConn defense while Chauntay Mickens (Germantown, Md.) and Lauren Lamberti (Cary, Ill.) led the offense. Mickens contributed a team-high 13 kills while Lamerti had 10 against the Black Bears. Annie Luhrsen (Wheaton, Ill.) dished out 39 assists, her third-straight double-digit assist effort of the season.
UConn (8-4) and Maine tied the score 14 times in the first set with the Huskies earning the 25-23 victory. The Huskies offense struggled in the second and third set, but rebounded in the fourth with Jordan Kirk (Plano, Texas) leading the team to a 25-21 win, forcing a fifth set, with four kills.
The lead changed hands twice and the score was tied three times as Maine (6-6) claimed the narrow fifth-set win (15-13) to claim the overall victory. Overall there were 10 lead changes in the match and the score was tied 30 times, including 14 ties in the first set.
In the first game of the Toyota Classic, Temple (6-5) claimed a 3-1 decision over Cornell (0-5). Play continues at 5 p.m. in Gampel with Maine taking on Cornell followed by the final game of the Toyota Classic when UConn plays Temple at 7:30 p.m.
· Annie Luhrsen is contributing 81 percent (427/535) of UConn's assists. She is dishing out an average of 0.93 per set.
· A total of three Huskies have over 100 kills this season. Chauntay Mickens continues to lead the Huskies with 106 and Jordan Kirk is second with 105. Rebecca Murray is the final UConn player with 101 kills this season. Mickens leads the Huskies with a team-best average of 2.76 kills per set.