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Come Out to Gampel for Weekend Volleyball Action

Senior Jordan Kirk and the Huskies look to stay in the hunt for a final BIG EAST playoff spot.

Nov. 3, 2011

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STORRS, Conn. - Following back-to-back BIG EAST wins, the University of Connecticut volleyball team remains at home to host West Virginia and Pittsburgh for its final two matches at Gampel Pavilion this season. Play gets underway with a 7:00 pm match against the Mountaineers on November 4 and wraps up with “Senior Day” against the Panthers on November 6 at 2:00 pm.

Last Time Out
The Huskies won back-to-back games for the first time in league play to improve to 13-12 overall and 3-7 in the BIG EAST. UConn came back from first set losses in a 3-2 win over Notre Dame and a 3-1 win over DePaul at home. Several players posted career games, including junior libero Kelsey Maving, who posted a program single-game record for digs with 40 against the Fighting Irish. Freshman outside hitter Devon Maugle recorded career-highs in kills and digs against ND with 18 and 17. Junior outside hitter Mattison Quayle registered a double-double in each game for her team-leading eighth of the season and fourth in the last five games. Classmate Angela Roidt surpassed 50 assists in each game with a career-high 56 against Notre Dame.

Maving’s Efforts Earn her BIG EAST Player of the Week
Maving was named the BIG EAST Player of the week for the week ending October 30. She totaled 66 digs in a 2-0 weekend against Notre Dame and DePaul. Maving set a UConn volleyball record with 40 digs against the Irish and picked up 26 more against the Blue Demons. Earlier this season, she reached the 1,000-dig mark for her career and also surpassed 400 for the season, averaging 5.31 digs per set. Against Fairfield (September 9), she recorded a then season-high 30 digs and has now posted 30 or more digs four times throughout her career. Maving also accomplished the feat once as a freshman and once as a sophomore. She is one of six BIG EAST student-athletes to post at least 30 digs in a match this season.

Defending Home Court
The Huskies are 8-3 when playing at Gampel Pavilion this season and 3-2 against BIG EAST opponents on their home floor. UConn has won five straight home games dating back to October 4, including three against conference foes.

Starting Slow and Finishing Strong
In each of the last four home matches, Connecticut has dropped the first set and rebounded to win the match. Since losing the first set 23-25 against Fordham on October 11, have lost all first sets at home, but come back to win. On three occasions the Huskies have won 3-1 and once defeated Notre Dame, 3-2. Overall UConn is 6-9 when losing the first set.

Scouting the Mountaineers
West Virginia enters Friday nights tilt with an overall record of 6-16 and is 4-7 in the conference. Last weekend the Mountaineers defeated Syracuse, 3-0, before being swept by Marquette. Senior outside hitter Michelle Kopecky leads WVU with 198 kills and an average of 2.68 per set. As a team, the Mountaineers attack at a percent of .121, while opponents are hitting at a rate of .198. Senior Serinna Russo is second in the BIG EAST in digs per set at 5.71. Classmate Kari Post has totaled 623 assists for an 8.31 average per set at setter. West Virginia is winless in eight road contests so far this season.

Scouting the Panthers
Pittsburgh lost to Marquette and Syracuse in straight sets at home this weekend to fall to 14-12 overall and 4-7 in the BIG EAST. Senior middle blocker Keisha Leggs ranks fourth in the league at 3.53 kills per set on 321 for the season and was last week’s player of the week. Sophomore outside hitter Monica Wignot is second on the team and sixth in the league with 299 kills for a 3.48 average. Freshman setter Lindsey Zitke averages 10.15 assists per set to place her fifth in the conference. Three Panthers have recorded 200 digs or more, with junior libero Margy Acton leading the way with 423.

Next Up
Connecticut wraps up the 2011 regular season with a pair of matches in the "Garden State". The Huskies visit Rutgers on November 12 and Seton Hall on November 13. Both games will be played at 2:00 pm.