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Volleyball Home for Two Matches at Gampel This Weekend

Jordan Kirk is just 16 kills away from eclipsing 1,000 for her career.

Sept. 30, 2011

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STORRS, Conn. - The University of Connecticut volleyball team returns home to Gampel Pavilion for its first home matches since September 6 as BIG EAST foes Marquette and Syracuse visit for 2:00 pm contests on October 1 and 2. The Huskies look to rebound from a pair of road losses last weekend, to open conference play. UConn follows up its first two home league matches with a non-conference tilt against intrastate rival Hartford at 7:00 pm on Tuesday October 4. Senior OH Jordan Kirk and junior libero Kelsey Maving are locked in a race to 1,000 as Kirk enters the weekend with 984 career kills and Maving 950 career digs.

Last Time Out
Connecticut dropped to 8-7 overall and 0-2 in the BIG EAST with a pair of 3-0 losses at Cincinnati and Louisville last weekend. The Huskies fell to the Bearcats by scores of 25-14, 25-17, and 25-18. The Cardinals downed UConn by scores of 25-7, 25-13, and 25-20. Against Cincy, Kirk set a weekend-high for the Huskies with 10 kills, while Maving did the same with 19 digs.
Statistical Leaders:
Kills
: Jordan Kirk (17)                      Assists: Angela Roidt (44)
Service Aces: Jordan Kirk (1)           Digs: Kelsey Maving (30)
Blocks: Jackie Wattles (4)

On The Road To 1,000
Senior Jordan Kirk needs only 16 kills to reach the 1,000 kill milestone for her career, as she currently has 984 after posting a team-high 17 last weekend. Over the past three seasons she has posted 230 or more kills each year, including a career-high of 298 as a sophomore. Kirk would be the 12th Husky to reach the 1,000 kill mark and the fourth under head coach Holly Strauss-O’Brien.

Maving’s Defensive Efforts
Junior libero Kelsey Maving tallied 30 digs this weekend to push her season total to 249. Against Fairfield (September 9), she recorded a season-high 30 digs and has now posted 30 or more digs three times throughout her career. Maving also accomplished the feat once as a freshman and once as a sophomore. She is the sixth BIG EAST student-athlete to post at least 30 digs in a match this season, while Villanova’s Kim Maroon tallied a season-best of 36 against Delaware. For her career, Maving is closing in on her 1,000th career dig as she currently has 950.

Scouting the Golden Eagles
Marquette downed South Florida at home to open BIG EAST play with a 3-1 victory last weekend. Overall, the Golden Eagles enter Saturday’s contest 11-4 on the season. Senior OH Ciara Jones leads the MU attack with 187 kills and a .255 attack percentage. Junior MB Danielle Carlson leads the team with a .394 attack percentage to go with 155 kills, tied with senior OH Ashley Beyer for second on the team. Freshman setter Chelsea Heier averages better than 12 assists per set, with 618 on the season, while sophomore Julie Jeziorowski has totaled 269 digs at the libero position. Marquette holds a 4-3 lead in the all-time series against UConn, including a 3-1 win at home last season. The Huskies last beat the Golden Eagles in a four-set home win in 2009.

Scouting the Orange
Syracuse dropped a pair of matches last weekend, the first of which was a 3-2 BIG EAST loss to USF. The Orange is 9-6 overall and 0-1 in the league coming into the weekend. Despite hitting just .137, senior OH Noemie Lefebvre leads the team with 144 kills. She is also second on the team in digs with 203. Junior MB Samantha Hinz has recorded 109 kills for a team-best .276 attack percentage. The team leader in digs is senior Ashley Williams with 275. Junior setter Laura Homann has dished out a team-leading 583 assists. All-time, the Syracuse leads the series 28-13. Last season, the Orange claimed a 3-1 home win. UConn has lost three-straight matches to Syracuse. Its last win came at home in 2007, 3-0.

Behind The Block
Fans, make sure to check out “Behind The Block”, UConn volleyball’s blog for the 2011 season! The blog is written by sophomore Jackie Wattles, and will be updated periodically throughout the season. Fans can access the blog from the Volleyball page on UConnHuskies.com.

Next Up
Connecticut stays at home as it takes on intrastate rival Hartford at 7:00 pm on October 4.  So far this season, UConn is 1-1 against in-state opponents. The Huskies first fell at home to Sacred Heart, then defeated Fairfield at the Holly Young Invitational, hosted by New Hampshire. UConn then hits the road for a single BIG EAST match at South Florida on October 7 at 7:00 pm.


 

 

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