Oct. 10, 2012
STORRS, Conn. - Connecticut's match-up against Louisville on Sunday will serve as the team’s annual “Dig for the Cure Game”. Join the Huskies as they “play for pink” with special giveaways for breast cancer awareness. Connecticut is a part of the Side-Out Foundation and Dig Pink campaign.
Education is key to increasing awareness and knowledge about the disease. The players, coaches, parents, volunteers, spectators and survivors will be in for a special evening. Please join us in any way that you can. If you attend, please wear pink. Help us and the Side-Out Foundation raise funds and awareness in our fight against Breast Cancer!
To make donations to the UConn team page at Side-Out.org, please click HERE.
The Side-Out Foundation (Side-Out) was established in 2004 to unite volleyball players and coaches and to have them work toward the common goal of furthering breast cancer awareness, education and patient services. Side-Out supports teams nationwide in their volleyball tournaments, clinics and other fundraising efforts. The foundation offers practical support for fundraising in addition to educational material for participants in order to help them become effective advocates for breast cancer. We contribute the funds to organizations that serve breast cancer patients, whether it be in the form of research, medical services or compassionate support.
Connecticut Game Notes:
Connecticut returns home for a pair of BIG EAST matches against perennial league powers Cincinnati at Louisville. The Huskies host the Bearcats at 4:00 pm on Friday afternoon at Gampel Pavilion, leading up to the men’s and women’s basketball “First Night” festivities. The weekend is capped off with a 2:00 pm contest against the No. 15 ranked Cardinals on Sunday.
Last Time Out
The Huskies took a weekend split in the Midwest, dropping a three-set match to Notre Dame before bouncing back with a 3-1 win at DePaul. UConn scored a 25-21 victory in the first set before a 25-20 setback in the second. The Huskies responded with wins of 25-23 and 25-20 to take the match. Sophomore Devon Maugle led Connecticut with 17 kills and added seven digs. Classmate Karson Ratliff tallied a career-high 14 kills and hit a team-best .616 for the match. Freshman setter Marissa Prinzbach dished out 50 assists for the second time this season. Senior Mattison Quayle also reached double figures in kills with 13 and fell just shy of a double-double with nine digs.
About the Huskies
Connecticut snapped a brief, two-match losing streak with the win over the Blue Demons to improve to 12-8 overall and 3-2 in the BIG EAST. Maugle and Quayle lead the UConn attack with 3.33 and 3.07 kills per set, respectively. Prinzbach returned to the starting role at setter against St. John’s two weeks ago and is averaging 9.60 assists per set. Defensively, senior libero Kelsey Maving leads the team with a 5.31 digs per set average, while freshman middle blocker Erika Thomas has blocked a team-best 1.12 blocks per set.
Maving entered the season in eighth all-time in career digs at Connecticut and has since risen to fourth in the record book. She became just the fourth player in program history to reach 1,500 digs in her career. Maving enters this weekend with 1,640 career digs. Quayle is up to 914 career kills and 798 digs. She is currently on pace to become the 13th player in program history to reach 1,000 kills.
Connecticut welcomed four freshmen into the program for the 2012 season, all of which have played a significant role on the court through the first half of the season. Prinzbach returned to the Husky lineup two weeks ago following an injury and recorded 50 assists against DePaul last Sunday. At the net, middle blockers Erika Thomas and Immanuella Anagu have seen regular action in nearly every match. Thomas is averaging a team-best 1.12 b/s to go with 1.42 k/s, while Anagu averages 1.13 k/s and 0.69 b/s. On the outside, Madeline Kuppe has totaled 111 kills for a 1.91 average as a regular in the UConn rotation.
Defending Home Court
The Huskies finished the 2011 home slate 9-4 when playing at Gampel Pavilion and 4-3 against BIG EAST opponents on their home floor. UConn won six straight home games between October 4 and November 4, including four against conference foes. Following last weekend’s action, the Huskies are 5-1 in Gampel, including a 2-1 showing at the UConn Classic plus a win over Harvard last Friday.