Oct. 29, 2009
STORRS, Conn. - The University of Connecticut volleyball hosts a pair of BIG EAST opponents this weekend with matches against West Virginia and Pittsburgh, marking the conclusion of the regular season at Harry A. Gampel Pavilion in 2009.
The Huskies have won the last five matches against West Virginia and have never lost to the Mountaineers to lead the all-time series 14-2. UConn looks to extend that streak and improve its conference record versus West Virginia with a 7 p.m. match on Friday. Thus far West Virginia is 13-11 overall with a 3-6 BIG EAST record this season.
The Panthers lead the all-time series against the Huskies 8-13 although UConn won last season's meeting in four sets at Pittsburgh. Entering the weekend, the Panthers are tied for fourth in the conference standings and boast a 7-2 BIG EAST record with an 15-8 overall mark.
After a five-set victory at St. John's, the Huskies are eighth in the BIG EAST standings with an even 12-12 overall mark and a 5-3 conference record. UConn continues to look for the steady hitting of junior Rebecca Murray (Carmel, Ind.), who leads with 2.55 kills per set, and senior Chauntay Mickens (Germantown, Md.) to maintain offensive pressure. Mickens boasts a 2.24 average with double-digit efforts in three of the last five matches this season.
Freshman Mattison Quayle (Los Angeles, Calif.) and sophomore Jordan Kirk (Plano, Texas) round out the players with greater than two-kill per set average. Quayle is contributing 2.23 per set while Kirk is averaging 2.42 per set.
Senior Jessica Isaac (Erlanger, Ky.) continues to pace the Huskies with 4.05 dig per set average, totaling 405 thus far this season. She is averaging an outstanding 6.05 dig per set in conference matches.
Against West Virginia, sophomore Samantha Arriaran (Norco, Calif.) looks to extend her double-double streak in BIG EAST matches after tallying her second-consecutive at St. John's with 47 assists and 13 digs. She has contributed double-doubles at Villanova (Oct. 17), Syracuse (Oct. 11), Marquette (Oct. 9) and South Florida (Oct. 2).