Coach Strauss-O'Brien and her Huskies aim to keep their playoff chances alive.
Oct. 27, 2011
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STORRS, Conn. - The Huskies return home, where they are 6-3 this season, to take on Notre Dame and DePaul in an effort to make a late season push toward the BIG EAST Tournament. UConn faces the Fighting Irish on Saturday October 29 and the Blue Demons on Sunday October 30. Both games will take place at 2:00 pm at Gampel Pavilion.
Last Time Out
Connecticut dropped a pair of road contests at Villanova and Georgetown last weekend. The Huskies fell to the Wildcats 3-1 and Hoyas 3-2. Against Villanova, UConn tied the match 1-1 after a 25-22 second set win before falling in four and won the second and third sets, 25-17 each, against Georgetown before dropping each of the last two. Senior Jordan Kirk set a weekend-high with 15 kills against the Hoyas, while junior Mattison Quayle and freshman Devon Maugle each netted 14 in the 3-2 loss. All three tied for the team-lead against the Wildcats with 10 kills apiece. Junior Angela Roidt dished out 32 assists in the first game of the weekend, while freshman Katie Robinson came off the bench with 28 helpers in game two. For the weekend, Connecticut hit .130 collectively and its opponents attacked at .203.
About the Huskies
Connecticut enters the weekend with an overall record of 11-12 after defeats at Villanova and Georgetown to drop to 1-7 in the BIG EAST. The Huskies as a team have attacked at a rate of .215 for the season, while holding opponents to a .204 hitting percentage. Senior Jordan Kirk averages 3.42 kills per set with 267 on the season. Junior Mattison Quayle has netted 251 kills on a .224 attack percentage for 3.10 per set. Junior libero Kelsey Maving has totaled 412 digs for a 5.09 average per set, while classmate and setter Angela Roidt averages 9.62 assists per set on 770 for the season.
Quayle Garners BIG EAST and ECAC Honors
Quayle was named the BIG EAST and ECAC Volleyball Player of the Week for the week ending October 16. Quayle led the UConn attack in 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, she totaled 41 kills, averaging 5.13 kills per set. Over a five-match stretch between October 2 and 15, Quayle recorded 83 kills and attacked at a .257 rate. She has also picked up 50 digs en route to three double-doubles over that stretch.
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. Freshman Devon 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 Fighting Irish
Notre Dame has won four straight BIG EAST matches, most recently a clean 3-0 sweep of the USF Bulls, last weekend. Overall the Fighting Irish are 12-8 and hold a 5-3 league record. Freshman middle blocker Jeni Houser leads the team in kills (212) and is second in attack percentage (.272). Sophomore outside hitter Andrea McHugh ranks second on the squad in kills (204) and digs (245). At setter, sophomore Maggie Brindock has collected 502 sets and at libero, senior Frenchy Silva has picked up 313 digs.
Scouting the Blue Demons
DePaul and Connecticut are tied in the league standings with identical 1-7 BIG EAST record. Overall, the Blue Demons own a 5-18 record. As a team, DePaul hits .152 and allows opponents to hit .259. Freshman outside hitter Amy Lanski leads the Blue Demon attack with 215 kills. Senior Samantha Geiger and freshman Katie Gamsky have each eclipsed 300 assists, with Geiger leading the team with 331.
Connecticut remains at home for its final BIG EAST weekend at Gampel Pavilion. The Huskies take on West Virginia at 7:00 pm on Friday, November 4 and face Pittsburgh at 2:00 pm on Sunday, November 6 for “Senior Day”.