STORRS, Conn. – The University of Connecticut volleyball team continues American Athletic Conference play on Friday, Oct. 9 when it visits Oklahoma for a battle with Tulsa at 8 p.m. The Huskies will head to Dallas to challenge SMU on Sunday, Oct. 11 at 1 p.m.
Fans can keep up with all the live action via the Gametracker links listed above. In addition, @UConnVB on Twitter will provide in-game updates.
UConn (7-8, 1-3 The American) is coming off a 1-1 weekend, clinching a five-set victory over Cincinnati before falling in four sets to Memphis. Junior Jade Strawberry (Tallahassee, Fla.) notched 28 kills and 40 digs, which included a career-high 27 digs against the Tigers on Sunday. Sophomore Kenya Cason wasn’t far behind with 27 kills on the weekend.
After adding 13 blocks to the mix, senior Immanuella Anagu has 377 career blocks and only needs five more to move into fourth-place among UConn’s all-time leaders. She currently ranks second in the conference, averaging 1.13 blocks/set and 105th nationally among Division I leaders.
Tulsa and UConn met for the first time last year, with the Golden Hurricane sweeping both outings in three sets. Tulsa has amassed a 7-9 (2-2, The American) overall record and sits in sixth in the conference. As a team, Tulsa ranks second in the league in services aces (1.45/set). Individually, Sophie Bethke is third with 10.55 assists/set.
The Huskies will be looking for their first win over SMU in Sunday’s match. The Mustangs claimed both meetings last season and sport a 5-0 all-time series advantage. SMU is currently third in the conference with a 13-3 overall record and is 3-1 in conference play. The Mustangs top the league and rank ninth nationally in assists (13.42/set), blocks (2.36/set) and digs (17.22/set) while coming in second in The American in hitting percentage (.240) and kills (14.15/set). SMU’s Avery Acker clocks in at No. 2 in the national rankings, averaging 12.37 assists/set as Morgan Heise comes in fifth with 5.71 digs/set. Both totals claim first-place in the conference.
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