STORRS, Conn. – The University of Connecticut volleyball team opens American Athletic Conference play with a road trip to Florida on Friday, Sept. 25 to face UCF at 7 p.m. before taking on USF on Sunday, Sept. 27 at 1 p.m.
The Huskies (6-5) are coming off a 1-2 weekend at the New England Challenge. UConn dropped its first two matches against Harvard and Boston College before rallying to sweep Northeastern on the final day of the tournament. Junior Jade Strawberry (Tallahassee, Fla.) was named to the All-Tournament Team with 26 kills, 21 digs and five service aces on the weekend. Freshman Iman McGary (Rockford, Ill.) led the Huskies past Northeastern with a career-high 15 kills on a .448 hitting percentage. Senior Immanuella Anagu (Culver City, Calif.) moved to stand fifth among UConn’s all-time blocks leaders with 354 career blocks.
Through 11 matches, Anagu’s hitting percentage (.344) ranks fifth and 1.05 blocks per set stands fourth in The American. Strawberry averages 0.39 aces per set while freshman Kennedy Arundel (Chicago, Ill.) has 0.32 aces/set, ranking third and ninth in league, respectively. As a team, Connecticut is 52nd nationally and fourth in the conference with 1.61 aces/set.
The Huskies and Knights have only battled one another on three occasions, with UConn looking for its first win of the series. The 2014 regular season title holder, UCF is off to a 6-6 start while hoping to rebound from a 1-2 weekend of its own. Juniors Jale Hervey (4.57 kill/set) and Kia Bright (4.24 kills/set) lead the Knights.
Sunday’s match against USF will be the 14th meeting between the two teams while UConn has a 7-6 edge in the all-time series. Last season, the Huskies fell to the Bulls in four sets. USF is currently 3-9 with junior Dakota Hampton leading the team in kills per set (3.03).