STORRS, Conn. (October 27, 2006) - Junior Sade Chambers (Baldwinsville, N.Y.) and sophomore Sarah Singer (Waukesha, Wisc.) had 12 kills apiece in lifting the University of Connecticut volleyball team to a 3-0 (32-30, 30-22, 30-26) win over the University of South Florida on Friday, October 27, in Storrs, Conn.
Game one saw USF (11-11, 6-3 BIG EAST) taking an early 2-0 lead off a block from Kristina Fabris and Nakia Williams. The Huskies (15-9, 4-5 BIG EAST) were able to capitalize on USF errors to even the score at 4-4. Senior Megan Silver (Snohomish, Wash.) had two consecutive kills and tied the game again, this time at 7-7. The Bulls went on two 3-0 runs to push the score to 11-17 to force a Husky timeout. Chambers and sophomore Lorelle Schaub (New Brighton, Minn.) had a big block followed by a Chambers kill to get UConn back on track at 13-17. The Huskies would score five unanswered points behind blocks from Silver and Singer, with Singer adding another kill to show the score at 17-19. Three straight UConn points, two of them by Silver, tied the game at 21-21. The teams battled down the stretch with the Huskies able to hold off two game points with the help of kills from Singer and freshman Kate Seabaugh (St. Louis, Mo.). Schaub and freshman Bridget Denson-Dorman (Maple Grove, Minn.) capped off game one for UConn with a block at 32-30.
In game two, neither team could muster more than a two point edge before the Huskies scored four straight points to take an 18-14 lead, triggered by a block from Denson-Dorman and Schaub and a kill by freshman Devon Farrell (Lafayette, Calif.). The Bulls would fight back and a service ace by Stephanie Augustavo made UConn take a timeout. The Huskies scored five of the last six points of the game with a service ace from freshman Jessica Isaac (Erlanger, Ky.) sealing game two at 30-22.
Game three was a battle early on. Down 6-7, Chambers and Silver had a block to tie the game. USF was able to go on a 3-0 run capped with a block from Kristina Fabris and Williams to take a 13-10 lead. UConn came back and tied the game on another Silver block with freshman Seabaugh also getting in on the action of the block. Chambers was huge late in the game as she came up with two booming kills at 27-26. A block by Denson-Dorman and Silver, followed up by back-to-back kills by Seabaugh gave game three and the match to the Huskies 30-26.
Silver had nine kills and six blocks on the night while Seabaugh added eight kills and two blocks. Denson-Dorman dished out 43 assists with 10 digs and six blocks. Schaub finished with six blocks as well. Farrell had a big defensive night with a match-high 22 digs while Isaac had 15.
UConn looks to continue its winning ways as they host Georgetown on Sunday, Oct. 29 at 2 p.m.