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Volleyball Takes on St. John's, Saturday at Gampel

Senior Jordan Kirk leads UConn with 231 kills on the season.

Oct. 14, 2011

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STORRS, Conn. - Connecticut volleyball jumps back into BIG EAST play as it hosts St. John’s on Saturday October 15 at 7:00 pm in Gampel Pavilion. The Huskies wrapped up the non-conference portion of their schedule with a 3-1 win over Fordham at home on Tuesday night. Saturday’s contest against the Red Storm marks the stretch run of the regular season as it is the first of nine-straight conference games to close the year.

Last Time Out
UConn concluded its non-league games with a 3-1 (23-25, 25-19, 25-18, 25-20) win over Fordham to finish with a record of 10-5 against opponents from outside the BIG EAST. Junior Mattison Quayle matched a career-high with 21 kills to go with nine digs. Senior Jordan Kirk also reached double figures by hitting .476 to record 12 kills. Junior Cayla Broadwater netted nine kills, hit .500, and provided five blocks, whle sophomore Jackie Wattles posted seven kills, hit .462, and assisted on five blocks. Junior libero Kelsey Maving tallied a match-high 17 digs and freshman Sage Esposito contributed 12. Junior setter Angela Roidt collected 48 assists to go with nine digs and a match-best three service aces. As a team, the Husies hit .268 as opposed to the Ram’s .134.

Milestone Markers
Kirk and Maving each reached career milestone in back-to-back games over the last week. First, Kirk became the 12th player in program history to reach 1,000 career kills against Syracuse on Sunday, while Maving became the 10th Husky to surpass 1,000 career digs in a 3-0 win over Hartford. Kirk needed just four kills heading into the match and got it on her first attack of the secon set en route to a match-high 13. She became the fourth player to reach the career milestone under head coach Holly Strauss-O’Brien. Maving recorded the 1,000th dig of her career early in the third set against the Hawks. Kirk currently stands at 1,009 career kills, while Maving ranks ninth all-time with 1,004 digs.

Seeing Double
Four Huskies have posted double-doubles so far this season. Kirk and Quayle are tied for the team-lead with four apiece. Quayle most recently recorded her fourth with a 13-kill, 10-dig effort agaisnt Hartford. Kirk posted her fourth of the season against the Cavaliers, including a season-high 18 kills. Freshman Devon Maugle registered the first of her career with a 12 and 12 effort against Virginia (9/17). Roidt became the fourth Husky to contribute to this list with season-highs in assists, 49, and digs, 12, at USF.

Scouting the Red Storm
St. John’s enters the weekend with an overall record of 9-13 and sports an identical 0-5 BIG EAST record to that of the Huskies. The Red Storm are fresh off a five-set defeat at South Florida, the day following UConn’s 3-2 loss to USF. Senior Darlene Ramdin has hit a team-high 243 kills, followed by classmate Brunna Kronbauer with 189. Kronbauer has also chipped in with 175 digs, while junior Gabriela Petkova has dug a team-leading 249 balls and is second with 256 assists from the libero position. Junior Sabina Piegza leads St. John’s with 479 assists.

Last Time They Met
Kirk, Quayle, and Rebecca Murray, who added 12 digs, combined for 43 kills, but UConn dropped a 3-2 decision to the Red Storm at Gampel, last October. Connecticut and St. John’s traded sets, with the Johnnies taking the fifth, 15-12. Diana Banya netted a .268 hitting percentage on a match-high 19 kills for the Red Storm. Maving led all players with 17 digs. The Huskies totaled 11 blocks for the game, while St. John’s posted seven.

Next Up
Connecticut is in action again next Friday and Saturday as it visits Villanova for a 7:00 pm match, followed by a 2:00 pm contest at Georgetown.