STORRS, Conn. – The University of Connecticut volleyball team will host two American Athletic Conference match-ups this weekend, starting with Tulane on Friday, Oct. 23 at 7 p.m. in the Harry A. Gampel Pavilion. The Huskies will close their homestand against Houston on Sunday, Oct. 25 at 1 p.m.
Fans can keep up with all the live action via the Gametracker and video links listed above. In addition, @UConnVB on Twitter will provide in-game updates.
UConn (9-10, 3-5 The American) is coming off back-to-back five-set wins over Temple and East Carolina last weekend. Junior Jade Strawberry (Tallahassee, Fla.) recorded a pair of double-doubles with 11 kills and 17 digs against the Owls, and a career-high 24 kills and 14 digs against the Pirates to earn a spot on the conference Weekly Honor Roll. The Huskies had eight players reach double figures in kills over the weekend.
This season, the Huskies are 6-2 at home and have a 7-2 mark when winning the first set.
Connecticut and Tulane (7-13, 1-7 The American) have met three times, with the Huskies holding a 2-1 lead in the all-time series. Last year, the two teams split the home-and-home series in the Green Wave’s first season in The American. On Oct. 17, 2014, UConn fell in five sets on the road before closing out the 2014 season with a 3-0 victory over Tulane in Gampel on Nov. 18, 2014.
The Huskies are 1-3 in the all-time series against the Cougars since meeting for the first time in 2013. Houston is 14-6 (4-4, The American) and is tied for fifth in the conference. In the first outing last season on Oct. 19, 2014, Sophomore Tosin Adeniyi (Springfield, Ill.) had a career-best eight blocks in UConn’s 3-2 setback. On Nov. 26, 2014, the Huskies pushed the Cougars to five sets but came away with the victory. Houston’s Olivia O’Dell tops the league and ranks second in the country with 6.04 digs per set.
Friday’s match against the Green Wave will serve as UConn’s 2015 Dig Pink game to raise awareness for breast cancer. Fans that plan on attending the match are asked to wear pink. The first 250 students to arrive will be given pink pom-poms.
The Side-Out Foundation was established in 2004 to unite volleyball players and coaches and to have them work toward the common goal of furthering breast cancer awareness, education and patient services. Side-Out supports teams nationwide in their volleyball tournaments, clinics and other fundraising efforts. The foundation offers practical support for fundraising in addition to educational material for participants in order to help them become effective advocates for breast cancer. We contribute the funds to organizations that serve breast cancer patients, whether it be in the form of research, medical services or compassionate support.
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