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Volleyball Opens BIG EAST Slate Against Villanova

Sept. 23, 2010

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Match 11 - Friday, Sept. 24
vs. New Hampshire - 7:00 p.m.
Place: Storrs, Conn.
Series: UConn leads, 15-6
Last Meeting: UConn, 3-1 (9/5/09)

Match 12 - Sunday, Sept. 26
vs. Villanova - 2:00 p.m.
Place: Storrs, Conn.
Series: VU leads, 18-17
Last Meeting: VU, 3-1 (10/17/09)

The Week Ahead
The Huskies return to Gampel Pavilion this weekend for a four-match home stand, beginning with a pair of matches against New Hampshire and Villanova. UConn will start the weekend with a 7:00 p.m. match against New Hampshire on Friday, September 24 and they will open BIG EAST play with a 2:00 p.m. contest on Sunday, September 26 against Villanova.

The Last Time Out
The Huskies finished their early season tournament schedule at the Colgate Invitational last weekend, dropping a thrilling five-set match to Cornell, before falling to host Colgate and Akron. Over the weekend the UConn offense was led by Rebecca Murray (35 K, 9 SA) and Cayla Broadwater (24 K, 5 SA), while Kelsey Maving posted 51 digs and Allison Nickel tallied nine blocks, four solo and five block assists. Below are match-by-match scores:
Match 8: Cornell 3, Connecticut 2 (24-26, 25-21, 25-19, 19-25, 17-15)
Match 9: Colgate 3, Connecticut 0 (25-15, 25-22, 25-23)
Match 10: Akron 3, Connecticut 0 (25-17, 25-20, 25-21)

Maving Earns All-Tournament Honor...Again
Sophomore Kelsey Maving was named to the Colgate Invitational All-Tournament Team last weekend, her second all-tournament accolade this season. Maving posted 51 digs during the tournament, with a match-high of 22 in the five-set loss to Cornell. Her 51 digs also marks the second consecutive weekend that she has tallied at least 50 digs.

Huskies Lead BIG EAST
The Huskies regained their BIG EAST lead in service aces per set this week after recording 30 at the Colgate Invitational. UConn has posted 70 (2.12 per set) service aces so far this season. Nine Huskies have recorded service aces on the year, led by Rebecca Murray (20) and Mattison Quayle (11).

...And Rank Sixth Nationally
Not only does UConn lead the BIG EAST in service aces per set (2.12), but they also rank sixth nationally according to the NCAA statistics which were released Monday (Sept. 20). Connecticut is the highest ranked BIG EAST team, with Villanova (T-14th) and Georgetown (25th) as the only other teams in the top-50.

Murray Serving Up The Points
Rebecca Murray's nine service aces during the Colgate Invitational put her back into the lead in service aces per set in the BIG EAST with 0.61. Murray tied her career-high of four service aces twice over the weekend, against Cornell and at Colgate. She has posted at least one service ace in all but one match this season, also recording four against Hartford. Murray also ranks seventh nationally in the category, as just one of two BIG EAST players ranked in the top-50 (Michelle Kopecky, West Virginia, 43rd).

Roidt Back To Lead Husky Offense
In just her second outing with the Husky offense after missing the first six matches of the season due to illness, sophomore Angela Roidt posted a season-high 52 assists against the Cornell Big Red (Sept. 17). Roidt's 52 assists were just four shy of tying her career-high that she set at Youngstown State last season. Over the weekend she posted 108 assists, and all but five of UConn's total assists during the tournament.

Hamer Hard At Work
Freshman Julia Hamer had a breakout match against Akron last weekend, posting nine kills, three service aces and four digs. Hamer's kills and service aces were the first of her collegiate career, while her four digs was a career-high. The nine kills were also a team-high against the Zips, while her three service aces tied the match-high.

Opening the BIG EAST
Sunday's match against Villanova marks the first BIG EAST contest of the season for UConn. The Huskies are 4-6 in conference openers over the past ten years, including a 2-1 mark when starting the conference slate on their home court. During that span UConn has started BIG EAST play against the Wildcats twice (2007, 2004), defeating Villanova 3-1 during the 2004 season.