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Volleyball to Face Villanova on Saturday Afternoon

Oct. 16, 2009

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STORRS, Conn. - The University of Connecticut volleyball team prepares to hit the road for the next three matches, starting this weekend at Villanova on Saturday at 2 p.m. After a 1-1 weekend at home, the Huskies are 11-10 overall with a 4-2 record in BIG EAST play this season as they look ahead to the 14-6, 3-3 Wildcats.

UConn once had an eight-match winning streak over Villanova in the all-time series, but in the last four matches the winner has been the home team. Last season, the Huskies defeated the Wildcats 3-0 at Harry A. Gampel Pavilion. While UConn split its BIG EAST matches last weekend, Villanova went 2-0 in a pair of three-set decisions at home against Seton Hall (Oct. 9) and Rutgers (Oct. 11).

Evening its conference record behind the defensive efforts of BIG EAST Honor Roll recipient Kim Maroon, the Wildcats wrap up its homestand with games against UConn and St. John's this weekend. Maroon averaged 7.80 per set and totaled six service aces. She leads the league in digs (6.08/s) and service aces (0.69). It was the second time that Maroon has earned a spot on the honor roll this season.

Junior Rebecca Murray (Carmel, Ind.) continues to pace UConn with a 2.57 kill per set average while sophomore Jordan Kirk (Plano, Texas) is not far behind with an average of 2.56 kills. Murray recorded her second career double-double in Friday night's 3-1 victory over Marquette with 15 kills and a career-high 16 digs. She was one of four players to finish the night with double figures in kills as was Kirk while UConn continues to present a balanced attack.

Senior Chauntay Mickens (Germantown, Md.) led the team with 16 against the Golden Eagles and freshman Mattison Quayle (Los Angeles, Calif.) was the final player in double figures with 10.

Murray led the team on Sunday against Syracuse when the team dropped a four-set decision despite a trio of players in double-digits in kills. The junior middle hitter finished the afternoon with 15 while Mickens and Quayle contributed 12 and nine, respectively.

Sophomore Samantha Arriaran (Norco, Calif.) recorded her fifth double-double this season and second in four matches with 42 assists and 10 digs against the Orange. Arriaran is averaging 8.98 assists per set and 1.95 digs this season.

With a 3.93 dig per set average, senior Jessica Isaac (Erlanger, Ky.) continues to lead the Husky defense while aided by five other players averaging greater than one dig per set. Including freshmen Kelsey Maving (Tonawanda, N.Y.) and Quayle, averaging 3.24 and 1.63 digs per set, respectively.

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