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STORRS, Conn. – Coming off a weekend split at SMU and Tulsa, the UConn volleyball team will host UCF on Friday at 4 p.m. (ET) and USF on Sunday at 12 p.m. (ET) in Gampel Pavilion, as the Huskies play their first home game since Sept. 28.
UConn’s (13-4, 4-2 American) match against the Knights will precede “UConn Basketball First Night”, which is scheduled to begin at 7:30 p.m. Doors open for First Night at 3 p.m. so fans can enjoy the volleyball match prior to the basketball festivities.
Currently in a tie for second place in the American Athletic Conference, the Huskies earned a convincing 3-0 win over the Golden Hurricane on Sunday to build momentum for this coming weekend.
The Huskies rank first in all of Division I in kills per set (15.00) and second in assists per set (13.97), showing their offensive prowess. Redshirt freshman Kayla Williams is fifth in the American with 3.69 kills per set to lead the way for UConn.
Junior outside hitter Danielle Cabel recorded a career-high 16 kills in both the loss to SMU and the victory over Tulsa, earning her American Athletic Conference Offensive Player of the Week honors on Monday.
It is the first 13-4 start for the Huskies since 2001, a season where they went 21-7 (9-3 Big East) under head coach Kelli Myers.
UConn is 1-4 all-time against the Knights and 8-7 against the Bulls, as it takes on the Florida teams for the first time this season. The Huskies split with both teams in 2015.
The Knights (14-5, 4-2 American) enter Friday’s match having lost two of their last three conference matches, beating Houston, but falling to Cincinnati and Tulane. They hold other American wins over East Carolina, Memphis and USF.
UCF is second in the conference in kills (14.14/set), assists (13.26/set) and blocks (2.19/set) heading into this weekend. Freshman Jeanne Westney ranks second in the league in blocks with 1.19 per set.
The Bulls (12-6, 3-3 American) are coming off a weekend split after beating Houston, but falling to Tulane. Their other conference wins came against Memphis and East Carolina, while dropping matches to UCF and Cincinnati.
As a team, USF is second in the conference in digs (17.52/set) and third in hitting percentage (.245). Junior Alex Mendoza leads the American with 10.69 assists per set. The Bulls are 5-1 against the Huskies in the last six meetings.
ON THE ROAD AGAIN
Following the upcoming weekend, the Huskies hit the road to take on Cincinnati, East Carolina and Temple over a six-day stretch from Oct. 21 to 26.