Live Stats: vs. Tulane | vs. Houston
NEW ORLEANS - After a quick weekend at home, the University of Connecticut volleyball team head back out onto the road for a pair of weekend conference matches at Tulane and Houston. First up, UConn challenges Tulane on Friday, Oct. 17 at 8 p.m. before taking on the Cougars on Oct. 19 at 2 p.m.
The Huskies (9-8, 2-4 The American) will be looking to snap a four-match losing streak after falling to Memphis and Cincinnati over the weekend. Junior Erika Thomas made history in the setback, becoming just the seventh Husky player to boast 300 career blocks. The Husky junior captain ranks second on the team with 55 rejections in 2014.
This season, Connecticut holds a 9-2 record when winning the first set, compared to a 0-6 mark when dropping the opening frame.
The Huskies and Green Wave have met on the court just one time in the past, with UConn earning a sweep on Sept. 16, 2006. Since joining the American Athletic Conference this season, the Green Wave have put together a 4-14 campaign but are tied for sixth in the conference (2-4) after grabbing wins against Houston and East Carolina.
Most recently, the Green Wave fell to SMU, 3-2, despite strong play from their underclassmen. Sophomore right-side hitter Tea Juric posted a double-double courtesy of a match-high 23 kills to go with 10 digs, as did freshman outside hitter Sarah Ray who finished with 16 kills and 15 digs. Sophomore setter Ally Frank had a career-high 51 of the team's 52 assists and added five block assists.
The Cougars own a 2-0 all-time record against the Huskies after sweeping a home-and-home in The American's inaugural season in 2013. Houston sits in last place in the conference (1-5), but hold a 9-9 record overall.
The two away matches mark the end of a road-heavy stretch for the Huskies, who will have played five of their last seven contests away from Gampel Pavilion.
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