Nov. 6, 2009
STORRS, Conn. -
The University of Connecticut women's volleyball (12-14, 5-5)l heads to Rutgers and Seton Hall for a pair of BIG EAST matches as the regular season winds down on the road. After a pair of losses in their final weekend at Harry A. Gampel Pavilion this year, the Huskies look to refocus on the court and come away with a pair of wins in New Jersey.
On Saturday at 7 p.m., UConn faces Rutgers, a team that is in search of its 10th overall win of the season. The Huskies swept the Scarlet Knights (9-16, 2-8) at Gampel last season and have not lost to Rutgers since a three-set match in 2001. In the last three meetings, UConn has defeated the Scarlet Knights 3-0.
Rutgers is led in kills by co-captain Caitlin Saxton who is recording a 3.51 kills per set this season. She is a significant contributor to the defensive side of the game, averaging 2.51 digs per set.
Saxton along with Seton Hall's Megan Matusiak each earned spots on the BIG EAST Honor Roll this week. Matusiak was named for the second-consecutive week as she continues to be among the team leaders in kills (2.93). She has an outstanding game against DePaul with a 17 kill, 14 dig, six service ace and four block performance.
The Pirates (10-16, 4-6) host St. John's before facing the Huskies on Sunday at 2 p.m. as they look to position themselves among the eight-team BIG EAST Tournament field.
Junior Rebecca Murray (Carmel, Ind.) recorded her fourth double-double of the season and second in a BIG EAST match against West Virginia while senior Jessica Isaac (Erlanger, Ky.) continues to close in on the 2,000 dig mark as the current career leader in that category.
Senior Chauntay Mickens (Germantown, Md.) is one of three players averaging over two kills per match in conference play with a 2.41 kills per set. Murray leads the way with a 2.95 clip while freshman Mattison Quayle (Los Angeles, Calif.) is contributing 2.36 kills per set.
In all, four regular season BIG EAST matches remain and after a pair of contests this weekend, the Huskies travel to Cincinnati (Nov. 14) and Louisville (Nov. 15).