Junior Karson Ratliff earned a spot on the weekly American Honor Roll for her performances against SHU and Rutgers
Oct. 17, 2013
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STORRS, Conn. -- The UConn women's volleyball team (10-10, 1-4 American) rolls along in conference play this weekend, making a trip to two big cities for some unfamiliar foes. The Huskies will take on Temple (13-4, 4-1 American) in Philadelphia on Friday, before traveling to the Volunteer State for a contest at Memphis (9-10, 1-4 American) on Sunday. The game at Temple is set for 7 p.m., while the Memphis match-up begins at 2 p.m.
Connecticut picked up its first win in American league play in its most recent contest, a 3-1 victory over Rutgers on Friday, Oct. 11. UConn also grabbed a mid-week win on Oct. 8, closing its non-conference slate with a five-set triumph over Sacred Heart.
While the Huskies don't have a Tennesseean on the roster, they have ties to Philadelphia. Junior captain Devon Maugle originally hails from Plymouth Meeting, Pa., which is just 12 miles from Temple's campus.
UConn and Memphis have faced just once in the past, a 3-1 victory on Nov. 16, 1991 for then-Memphis State. The Huskies are a bit more familiar with the Owls of Temple, with seven prior meetings. The most recent came in 2008, a 3-1 UConn victory on Sept. 20.
Temple will host UConn with a 13-4 record on the year, including a 4-1 mark in conference action. The Owls are riding a three-game winning streak, defeating Memphis, Houston and SMU in their last three contests, all in Philadelphia. The Owls are led offensively by Gabriella Matautia, who is third in the conference and top-100 in the country with 3.59 kills/set. Emily Carlin is also among the top-10 in The American with 3.06 k/s. Jennifer Iacobini leads TU with 59 blocks on the year, and is fourth in the league with 0.30 service aces/set. Overall, the Owls have three of the league's top-ten players in aces. Alyssa Draschlin scoops a team-high 4.23 digs/set, while Sandra Sydlik leads the way with 9.44 assists/set. Temple leads The American in opponent hitting percentage, holding foes to a .158 attack rate.
The Tigers are 9-10 in 2013, and have lost five of six overall. Most recently, Memphis fell on Tuesday in an in-state clash versus Tennessee State. Prior to that, the Tigers were swept in a home conference weekend by SMU and Houston. Caitlin Lilly leads the Memphis attack, everaging a team-high 3.32 kills/set while also grabbing 2.12 digs per frame. Viktorija Teivane supports her with 2.87 k/s and is also second on the squad in digs with 3.22/s. Veronica Zimmerman keys the Memphis attack, handing out 10.76 assists per game, good for third in The American. Aleksandra Petronijevic picks up more digs than anyone in the conference, as the Serbian leads the league with 5.34 per set.
After this weekend's road trip, UConn returns home to host a pair of American rivals. Cincinnati visits Gampel Pavilion for UConn's `Dig Pink' game on Oct. 25, before Louisville heads to Storrs for a 1 p.m. matinee on Oct. 27, airing live on ESPNU.