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Volleyball Back in Action at USF on Friday Night

Strauss-O'Brien and the Huskies look to right the ship in league play.

Oct. 6, 2011

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STORRS, Conn. - Connecticut volleyball visits South Florida for its only BIG EAST contest of the week. Fresh off a sweep of in-state rival Hartford, UConn enters the weekend with an overall record of 9-9, while still winless in four conference matches. The Huskies and Bulls take the court opposite each other at 7:00 pm on Friday October 7.

Last Time Out
UConn snapped a five-match losing streak with a 3-0 win over Hartford at home on Tuesday night. Junior outside hitter Mattison Quayle led the way with 13 kills and 10 digs for her fourth double-doulbe of the season. Junior libero Kelsey Maving led all players with 20 digs as she eclipsed the 1,000-dig mark for her career.
Statistical Leaders:
Kills: Jordan Kirk (17)
Assists: Angela Roidt (44)
Service Aces: Jordan Kirk (1)
Digs: Kelsey Maving (30)
Blocks: Jackie Wattles (4)

Milestone Markers
Senior Jordan Kirk and junior Kelsey Maving each reached career milestone in back-to-back games over the last week. First, Kirk became the 12th player in program history to reach 1,000 career kills against Syracuse on Sunday, while Maving became the 10th Husky to surpass 1,000 career digs in a 3-0 win over Hartford. Kirk needed just four kills heading into the match and got it on her first attack of the secon set en route to a match-high 13. She became the fourth player to reach the career milestone under head coach Holly Strauss-O’Brien. Maving recorded the 1,000th dig of her career early in the third set against the Hawks. Kirk currently stands at 1,009 career kills, while Maving ranks ninth all-time with 1,004 digs.

Seeing Double
Three Huskies have posted double-doubles so far this season. Kirk and junior Mattison Quayle are tied for the team-lead with four apiece. Quayle most recently recorded her fourth with a 13-kill, 10-dig effort agaisnt Hartford. Freshman Devon Maugle was the third Husky to accomplish this feat this season as she registered the first of her career with a 12 and 12 effort against Virginia (9/17). Kirk posted her fourth of the season against the Cavaliers, including a season-high 18 kills.

Scouting the Bulls
South Florida gears up for action this weekend with an overall record of 6-10 and sits at 2-2 in the BIG EAST, following wins over Syracuse and Rutgers. Most recently, the Bulls lost 3-1 at home against Seton Hall on October 2. Freshman Valerie El Houssine is the team’s leading attacker with 190 kills for 3.28 kills per set and is second with 133 digs. Junior J’beria Davis is a close second with 170 kills, for an average just under three per set. Senior libero Janice Rivera has posted 225 digs, while freshman setter Shelbie Dailey has recorded 426 assists. As a team, USF is hitting .170, while opponents are hitting .190 against.

Last Time They Met
The Huskies swept the Bulls, 3-0, at home last season on “Senior Day”. Rebecca Murray led the UConn offense with 10 kills. USF’s Allie Boaz led all players with 15 kills. Prior to last season’s match-up, Connecticut rallied back from a two-set deficit to claim a 3-2 road win at South Florida in 2009. Four Huskies recorded double-digit dig totals, including Mattison Quayle, who netted 14 kills and 19 digs on her way to being named the BIG EAST Freshman of the Week.

Next Up
UConn returns home for its final non-conference match of the season as it takes on Fordham at 7:00 pm on Tuesday October 11. Conference play then kicks into high gear as the Huskies play host to St. John’s for a 7:00 pm contest at Gampel Pavilion on October 15.