Sept. 28, 2012
STORRS, Conn. - UConn volleyball continues BIG EAST play as it hits the road for its only contest of the week at regional rival St. John's for a 2:00 pm match-up on Saturday, September 29.
Last Time Out
The Huskies opened the BIG EAST portion of schedule with a 3-1 win over Villanova last Friday, the first conference-opening win for UConn since 2006. Connecticut followed up that performance with a 3-1 win over Georgetown on Sunday, putting the Huskies at 2-0 in the BIG EAST for the first time since 2004. Senior Mattison Quayle and sophomore Devon Maugle led UConn past Villanova, each recording a double-double. Quayle posted a double-double in match over the weekend, totaling 26 kills and 29 digs. Senior setter Angela Roidt managed the offense, dishing out 45 assists against the Wildcats and 36 more against the Hoyas. Connecticut outhit each of its opponents by registering a .195 attack percentage in both contests. In just five sets, freshman middle blocker Immanuella Anagu scored 12 kills and hit .588 for the weekend.
About the Huskies
Connecticut has raced out to its best start in league action in the Holly Strauss-O'Brien era. The Huskies last started out 2-0 in the BIG EAST in 2004 under head coach Kelli Myers when the team went 5-0 before finishing 6-4 in the conference. Sophomore outside hitter Devon Maugle leads the UConn attack with 176 kills (3.45 k/s) to go with 119 digs (2.33 d/s). Senior outside hitter Mattison Quayle is not far behind with 174 kills (3.00) and is second on the team with 140 digs (2.34). Senior setter Angela Roidt returned to the starting lineup last week and collected 30 or more assists in all three matches, including a season-high 45 against Villanova. She has totaled 183 assists (7.96 a/s) for the season.
Digging Her Way to the Top
Senior libero Kelsey Maving entered the season in eighth all-time in career digs at Connecticut and has since risen to fourth in the record book. She became just the fourth player in program history to reach 1,500 digs in her career in a win over Harvard (9/14). Maving enters this weekend with 1,608 career digs. Nationally, Maving entered the weekend ranked 10th in the country with 5.67 digs per set, which is the top average among BIG EAST players.
Connecticut welcomed four freshmen into the program for the 2012 season, all of which have played a significant role on the court through the first half of the season. Marissa Prinzbach won the starting setter position, prior to an injury in mid-September, and has totaled 392 assists (9.56 a/s), including 50 in a four-set win at Hartford. At the net, middle blockers Erika Thomas and Immanuella Anagu have seen regular action in nearly every match. Thomas is averaging a team-best 1.27 b/s to go with 1.41 k/s, while Anagu averages 1.14 k/s and 0.70 b/s. On the outside, Madeline Kuppe has totaled 104 kills for a 2.04 average as a regular in the UConn rotation.
Through 17 matches, Maugle and Quayle lead the team with five double-doubles, apiece. Maugle's first of the season came against Dartmouth with 17 kills and 14 digs. She posted a career-high 19 kills and added 11 digs for her fourth of the year against Northern Illinois on September 8. Quayle reached the 20-kill mark for the third time in her career and picked up 11 digs against UCSB to earn her first double-double during the first weekend of action at the LMU Invitational. Since then, she has posted double-doubles against New Orleans and Northern Illinois.
Scouting the Red Storm
St. John's also enters Saturday's match with a 2-0 BIG EAST record and is 15-3 overall. Following a loss to Towson in the second match of the season, the Red Storm ran off nine straight wins, dropping just two sets in the stretch. Since then, St. John's lost back-to-back matches to Idaho and Maryland, but has responded with a five-match winning streak, also beating Villanova and Georgetown last weekend. Aleksandra Wachowicz leads the team with 197 kills (3.23), while Parin Palgutova (3.02) is tops on the team with a .342 attack rate, followed closely by Milica Krstojevic (2.64) at .340. Sabina Piegza runs the St. John's offense, averaging 9.37 a/s.
The Huskies stay on the road for a pair of games in the Midwest next week as they visit Notre Dame on Saturday, October 6 and DePaul on Sunday, October 7.