SOUTH ORANGE, N.J. (Oct. 2) - The University of Connecticut volleyball team defeated Seton Hall 3-2 (30-32, 30-27, 30-22, 27-30, 15-8) in a hard-fought match on Sunday afternoon. It was the first five game match of the season for both teams and with the win the Huskies improve to 7-7 and 1-2 against BIG EAST competition while Seton Hall holds a 7-9 overall and a 1-3 BIG EAST record.
The first game of the match was a battle between the two teams, as the Pirates scored the first point of the match. Seton Hall never trailed in the match, but the Huskies tied the score nine times before eventually falling. Seniors Heather Ashley (Smithsburg, Md.) and Megan Crawley (Georgetown, Texas) each had six kills in the game.
UConn bounced back, taking the second game 30-27. Freshman Sarah Singer (Waukesha, Wisc.) led the way for the Huskies in the game with five kills while junior Megan Silver (Snohomish, Wash.) had four kills. Sophomore Julie Pickard (Hillsborough, N.C.) had one service ace and nine digs in the game. UConn also took game three as Ashley and Singer each picked up five kills and Crawley had seven digs.
The two teams traded points back and forth throughout the fourth match. UConn pulled ahead midway through, but the score was tied nine times throughout the game before Seton Hall pulled away with the win and forced the deciding fifth game. For UConn, Singer had six kills in the game while Silver had four.
In the fifth game, the score was tied at five all before the Huskies dominated the Pirates to take the game and the match. UConn went on a 10-3 run to close out the game, with Ashley picking up three kills in that span.
For the match, Singer led the way with a career-high 20 kills. Ashley had 18 kills on the match, as well as two service aces while Crawley picked up 14 kills. She also tied her career-high with three service aces and set a new career-high with 15 digs. Silver had a career-high 12 kills in the match while hitting .346 on the day.
Seton Hall was led by Jessica King, who had 18 kills. Breanna Leisner and Allison Scholl each had 14 kills in the Pirates loss while Jessica Pompei had 13 digs.
UConn is next in action on Tuesday, Oct. 4 when they host Harvard in Gampel Pavilion. Match time is scheduled for 7:00 p.m.