STORRS, Conn. – The UConn volleyball team is headed to the sunshine state for a pair of conference games this weekend. The Huskies will first visit UCF on Friday, Oct. 13 (7 p.m.), before taking on USF on Sunday, Oct. 15. (12 p.m.)
Catching Up With UConn
UConn (9-9) is currently 2-4 in conference action after dropping its two most recent matches. The Huskies were defeated at home by Cincinnati and ECU last week, as the squad looks to get back into the win column.
Redshirt-sophomore Kayla Williams is pacing all Huskies in kills and aces, tallying 246 and 28, respectively, while posting a team-high nine double-doubles on the season. Williams leads the American with 0.44 aces per set, while her 4.49 points per set rank second overall. The outside hitter is also boasting a fourth-best 3.84 kills per set in the conference. Senior Tosin Adeniyi’s .347 hitting percentage and junior Emma Turner’s 9.92 assists per set both rank third in the American.
Scouting the Competition
The Knights (9-9, 2-4 AAC) are currently riding a three-game losing streak after a pair of conference losses last weekend. UCF lost in five sets at Tulsa, before being swept in straight sets at SMU last Sunday. Taylor Wickey leads the league and ranks in the nation’s top-50 with a .381 hitting percentage, while Kia Bright shares the conference lead of 11 double-doubles this season.
USF (7-9, 2-4 AAC) returns home after a four-game road stretch. The Bulls split their last two decisions, falling at SMU, 3-1, before bouncing back to top Tulsa, 3-2. Alex Mendoza was named to the conference’s most recent Honor Roll after averaging 11.37 assists and 4.12 digs per set over the weekend.
Did You Know
Kayla Williams is 35th in the nation with 0.44 aces per set. Williams is the league leader in kills (4.86), aces (0.41) and points (5.45) per set in conference-only matches this season. Six out of nine of the Huskies’ wins have been sweep victories. Head Coach Kris Grunwald is just six wins away from reaching the 100 career wins milestone.
On Oct. 2, redshirt-sophomore Kayla Williams received recognition as a member of the American Weekly Honor Roll. In a 1-1 week for the Huskies Williams averaged a team-best 5.00 kills per set, while notching 2.71 digs per set, 0.57 blocks per set, and 0.14 assists per set. Junior libero Kennedy Arundel was named the American Athletic Conference Defensive Player of the Week on August 28, following her performance at the St. John’s Invitational. Arundel played in all 12 sets during the invitational, recording a team-high 65 digs and 5.42 digs per set, while picking up three assists and two aces.