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Volleyball Hits the Road for SMU, Tulsa

Oct. 5, 2016

LIVE STATS: SMU | Tulsa

VIDEO: SMU | Tulsa      TWITTER: @UConnVB

STORRS, Conn. -
Winning three of its first four matches in American Athletic Conference play, the UConn volleyball team looks to build on that momentum when it heads south this weekend to play SMU on Friday and Tulsa on Sunday.

First serve with the Mustangs is at 8 p.m. (ET) and with the Golden Hurricane at 1 p.m. (ET). Live stats and video stream links can be found above, as well as the link to @UConnVB on Twitter for all news and updates.

The Huskies (12-3, 3-1 American) dropped a five-set match to Temple last Wednesday, before rebounding with a straight-set win over Memphis on Friday night. UConn has now won five of its last six matches.

Senior Camille Evans was named to the American Honor Roll for the second straight week on Monday. Evans recorded 11 kills in 17 attacks against the Tigers, following her 13-kill performance against the Owls.

UConn leads the American in hitting percentage (.270), kills per set (14.98) and assists per set (13.93) this season. Senior Hayley Cmajdalka leads the conference with a .418 hitting percentage and redshirt freshman Kayla Williams ranks fourth with 3.80 kills per set.


 

 

Making their presence felt on a national level, the Huskies rank second in the NCAA in kills per set and assists per set, trailing only San Diego in both categories.

The Huskies are 0-7 all-time against SMU and 0-4 against Tulsa as a member of the American Athletic Conference. Head coach Kris Grunwald's squad is 5-0 on the road this season.

SCOUTING SMU

The Mustangs (11-5, 4-0 American) are the only remaining undefeated team in conference play, currently riding a four-match winning streak after beating East Carolina, Cincinnati, Tulane and Houston.

Janelle Giordano and Morgan Heise lead the conference in blocks (1.24 per set) and digs (5.31 per set), respectively. SMU is the defending AAC champion and qualified for the NCAA Tournament in 2015.

TULSA REPORT

The Golden Hurricane (13-3, 2-2 American) is recently coming off a five-set loss to Tulane on Sunday, following wins over East Carolina and Houston in the two previous conference matches. Tulsa was 11-1 in its non-conference schedule.

Tulsa leads the American with 18.46 digs per set, led by Brooke Berryhill with 5.18 digs per set. Erica Bohannon has a team-high 3.62 kills per set. Six players make up the senior class, giving Tulsa an experienced roster.

NEXT TIME AT HOME

The Huskies host UCF on Oct. 14 at 4 p.m. (ET) as the preliminary event of First Night, which will take place at Gampel Pavilion at 7:30 p.m. Doors open for First Night at 3 p.m. (ET) for the start of the volleyball match.  

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