STORRS, Conn. – The UConn volleyball team looks to rebound in American Athletic Conference play from a pair of road losses this past weekend when it travels to take on Temple on Wednesday at 5 p.m. (ET) in Philadelphia, Pa.
When they face the Owls, the Huskies (13-8, 4-6 American) will have a chance to end their four-match losing skid and avenge a five-set loss to Temple back on Sept. 28 in Gampel Pavilion.
The match between the Huskies and Owls can be followed on live stats, OwlsTV or @UConnVB on twitter. UConn is 4-10 all-time against Temple.
Redshirt freshman Kayla Williams has recorded a double-double in each of the past three matches, including 15 kills and 17 digs in a 3-2 loss to Cincinnati on Friday. Williams is seventh in the conference, averaging 3.44 kills per set.
The Huskies rank 13th in all of Division I in kills per set (14.32) and 14th in assists per set (13.37). Juniors Danielle Cabel (2.34) and Kenya Cason (2.64) are the other two Huskies averaging more than two kills per set.
Junior Tosin Adeniyi leads The American in hitting percentage (.372), recording 129 kills in 274 attacks. UConn is fourth in the conference in hitting percentage as a team (.239), but has hit just .133 in its last four matches (0-4).
Halfway through the conference season, the Huskies lead their opponents in kills, assists and digs per set. Sophomore Emma Turner has a team-high 5.88 assists per set in the last 10 matches, while Williams has a team-best 3.28 digs per set.
In the first meeting with Temple, UConn faced a 2-0 deficit before winning the third and fourth sets. An extended fifth set wasn’t decided until the Owls sneaked past the Huskies, 19-17, and handed UConn its first conference loss of the season.
The Owls (14-6, 7-3 American) currently sit in fourth place in The American, tied with UCF in conference record. Temple is coming off a weekend sweep, beating both East Carolina (3-1) and Cincinnati (3-0) – giving the Bearcats their second loss in conference play.
Irem Asci leads Temple and is second in the league with 4.38 kills per set. In the first meeting with UConn, Asci had a match-high 28 kills on 66 total attacks.
Temple is among the conference leaders in several statistical categories, including second in blocks per set (2.17) and second in service aces per set (1.40). It is also third in kills per set (13.54), assists per set (12.70) and hitting percentage (.243).
Later in the week, the Huskies host Memphis on Sunday in Gampel. First serve is at 12 p.m. and it will be the Junior Husky/Pink Match. Fans are encouraged to wear pink to raise breast cancer awareness.