Oct. 10, 2013
STORRS, Conn. -- After snapping a four-game losing skid with a midweek victory, the UConn women's volleyball team (9-10, 0-4 American) returns to American Athletic Conference play on Friday when it hosts Rutgers (4-14, 0-4 American). Match time is set for 7 p.m. at Gampel Pavilion.
UConn and Rutgers are both winless in conference play thus far, and have each fallen to UCF, USF, SMU and Houston. The Huskies have dominated the all-time series with the Scarlet Knights, holding a 20-8 edge all-time against their former BIG EAST rivals. Last year, UConn swept Rutgers in Storrs, 3-0, on Oct. 27. UConn is 9-1 in the last ten contests vs. Rutgers, and hasn't lost at home to the Scarlet Knights under Holly Strauss-O'Brien.
In its most recent contest, UConn took a five-set victory over Sacred Heart at Gampel. Immanuella Anagu (Culver City, Calif.) had a big day for the Huskies with 10 kills and eight total blocks, while Erika Thomas (Ocoee, Fla.) also added 10 kills and six total blocks and Karson Ratliff (Wake Forest, N.C.) posted 10 kills and a career-high five service aces. Brianna Datti (Durham, N.H.) led the UConn defense with 15 digs and Marissa Prinzbach (Cincinnati, Ohio) dished out 39 assists.
On the year, Alex Lassa leads the RU attack with 254 kills, good for 3.43 k/s, sixth in The American. Nicole Bayer is 10th in the league with 5.12 assists/set, and Ali Schroeter is second in the league with 4.92 digs/set. Rutgers has losted its last four contest, all conference games, after winning on Sept. 21 against Cornell in a tournament hosted by Pittsburgh. Amongst common non-conference opponents this year, UConn is 1-1 and Rutgers is 0-2.
After the game with Rutgers UConn has the rest of the weekend off, then hits the road for two games next weekend. The Huskies are at Temple on Oct. 18, then visit Memphis on Oct. 20 for conference action.