Oct. 20, 2011
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STORRS, Conn. - UConn hits the road for its first weekend series in nearly a month as it visits Villanova for a 7:00 pm match on Friday October 21, followed by a 2:00 pm contest on Sunday October 23 at Georgetown.
Last Time Out
Connecticut earned its first BIG EAST win of the season in a 3-1 four-set effort against St. John’s at Gampel Pavilion on Saturday night. The Huskies started slow with a 25-18 loss in the first set. But even a 7-0 start for the Red Storm in the third set couldn’t slow UConn down. The Huskies stormed back to tie the game at 18 and went on to take the set, 25-22 and dominated the fourth, 25-11. Junior outside hitter Mattison Quayle led the way with 20 kills, her second game with 20 or more, including her final kill of the night on set point. She also recorded her team-leading fifth double-double of the year by adding 11 digs. Senior Jordan Kirk and freshman Devon Maugle each contributed 11 kills, while senior Allison Nickel hit a match-high .700 on seven kills. Junior setter Angela Roidt set a new season-high with 50 assists. Junior libero Kelsey Maving registered 22 digs and classmate Cayla Broadwater tied a career-high with seven blocks.
Quayle Garners BIG EAST Honor
Quayle was named the BIG EAST Volleyball Player of the Week for the week ending October 16. She led the UConn attack to a 2-0 week that included a non-conference win over Fordham and the team’s first league win of the season, which came against St. John’s. For the week, Quayle totaled 41 kills, averaging 5.13 kills per set. Over the past five matches, she has recorded 83 kills and is attacking at a .257 rate. Quayle has also picked up 50 digs en route to three double-double over that stretch.
Kirk and Maving each reached career milestone in back-to-back games to open the month of October. 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 second 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 1,048 career kills, while Maving ranks ninth all-time with 1,070 digs.
Four Huskies have posted double-doubles so far this season. Quayle pulled ahead of Kirk for the team-lead with her fourth of the season coming against St. John’s. Kirk posted her fourth of the season against Virginia (9/17), including a season-high 18 kills. Maugle registered the first of her career with a 12 and 12 effort vs. the Cavaliers. Roidt became the fourth Husky to contribute to this list with a then season-high in assists, 49, and digs, 12, at USF.
Scouting the Wildcats
Villanova improved to 13-8 overall and 5-2 in the BIG EAST with a clean 3-0 sweep of Georgetown last weekend. The Wildcats are currently tied for third in the league with Cincinnati Redshirt-junior Morgan Petkovich leads the Nova attack with 3.24 kills per set, while senior Maggie Mergen is second on the team with 2.83 per set. Freshman setter Allie Dibernardo averages better than 10 assists per set with 681 on the season and senior libero Kim Maroon has recorded 496 digs for league-leading average of 6.79 per set.
Scouting the Hoyas
Georgetown enters the weekend at 10-10 overall and 2-5 in league play. The Hoyas will pay a visit to St. John’s to kick-off the weekend on Friday night. Despite hitting just .098, Freshman Alex Johnson has posted a team-leading 206 kills and sophomore Brooke Bachesta is second on the team with 191. Senior setter Ashley Malone ranks fifth in the league with an average of 10.29 assists per set.
Connecticut returns home for a four-game stretch at Gampel, started with a weekend of action against Notre Dame and DePaul on October 29 and 30, before West Virginia and Pittsburgh make their way to Storrs on November 4 and 6.