UConn and Louisville square off on ESPNU at 1 p.m.
Oct. 26, 2013
STORRS, Conn. -- Riding a three-match home winning streak, the UConn women's volleyball team (11-12, 2-6 American) hosts Louisville (13-7, 8-0 American) on Sunday afternoon in a nationally televised match. The contest will begin from Gampel Pavilion at 1 p.m. and will be seen live on ESPNU.
UConn returned home this weekend for a pair of conference games against old BIG EAST rivals. After taking down Cincinnati on Friday in the annual “Dig Pink” game for breast cancer awareness, the Huskies take on league-leading Louisville on Sunday afternoon. The ESPNU game marks the first nationally televised match in the history of UConn volleyball.
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The Huskies are looking to turn around their fortunes in all-time series with the Cardinals. Connecticut is 0-9 against Louisville.
UConn is riding a three-game winning streak at Gampel Pavilion after taking down Sacred Heart (Oct. 8), Rutgers (Oct. 11) and Cincinnati (Oct. 25) in its last three games in Storrs. The Huskies bounced back from consecutive losses on Friday night, charging back from a 2-0 deficit for a five-set victory over Cincinnati at Gampel Pavilion. Karson Ratliff led UConn with 14 kills, while Immanuella Anagu and Madeline Kuppe each added 10. Erika Thomas also chipped in nine kills on .389 hitting, leading all players with 12 total blocks.
SCOUTING THE OPPOSITION
After going just 4-6 in its first ten games as part of a highly challening early season non-conference slate, Louisville has won nine of 10 overall since, including a perfect 8-0 start to American Athletic Conference play. The Cardinals were the preseason favorite in The American after going 30-4 last year en route to a top-20 ranking and NCAA tournament appearance. This year’s iteration is led by Maya McClendon, who leads the squad with 217 kills, good for 3.06/set. Emily Juhl adds 2.80/s, while Brooke Mattingly and Randi Ewing are among the most efficient attackers in the league. Mattingly averages 2.51 k/s hitting at a .352 clip, while Ewing is second in the conference with a .384 attack percentage on her 133 kills. Caitlin Welch is third in the conference with 4.77 digs/set, and Katie George paces the offense with 8.89 assists per frame. As a team, UofL ranks first in The American with 13.6 kills/set, and is second in the league in hitting percentage at .240 and assists at 12.7/set.
After this weekend’s home contests, UConn is back on the road for American contests at Houston and SMU. The Huskies and Cougars will square off on Friday, Nov. 1, before they battle the Mustangs on Sunday, Nov. 3. UConn will look to bounce back after being swept by the two Texas squads earlier this season in Storrs.