STORRS, Conn. – The UConn volleyball team wraps up its four-game road swing this weekend, visiting Tulsa and SMU. The Huskies (11-15) will square off against the Golden Hurricane Thursday, Nov. 9 (8 p.m. ET) before taking on the Mustangs Nov. 11 (2 p.m. ET).
Catching Up With UConn
UConn is currently 4-10 in The American after splitting a pair of decisions last week. The Huskies fell in straight sets at No. 21 Wichita State before bouncing back to take down Memphis in a five set thriller. Redshirt-sophomore Kayla Williams is pacing all Huskies in kills and aces, tallying 310 and 33, respectively, while posting a team-high 12 double-doubles this fall. Williams is the conference leader in league matches in kills per set (4.50) and points per set (5.09), while her 0.37 aces per set are a third best. Junior setter Emma Turner sits sixth in the American, tallying 9.88 helpers per set.
Scouting the Competition
Tulsa enters the weekend 13-13 overall with a 7-7 record against American opponents. The Golden Hurricane have won four out of their last five matches, including wins at Houston and Tulane last weekend. Tulsa is led by Emily Thorson who averages 4.03 kills and 2.43 digs per set. Taylor Horsfall leads the defense to the tune of 6.06 digs per frame. The Golden Hurricane is hitting .184 as a team, while holding opponents to a .180 mark on the attack.
SMU is 18-7 overall and owns a 12-2 mark in conference play to sit alone in second place in The American. The Mustangs have a balanced offense that sees three players average around 3.00 kills per set. Lauren Mills leads the team with 3.45 kills per set, while Katie Hegarty (3.16 kills/set) and Brittany Adams (2.98 kills/set) round out the top hitters. Kendall Patterson is the primary setter, dishing out 10.15 assists per frame, while adding 2.52 digs per set. Montana Watts leads the defense with 4.95 digs per set. As a team, SMU hits .209, holding opponents to a .182 attack.
Did You Know
Williams ranks in the nation’s top-40 in service aces (.41) and points per set (4.51). Seven out of 11 of the Huskies’ wins have been sweep victories. Head coach Kris Grunwald is just four wins away from reaching the 100 career wins milestone.
Through 24 games, outside hitter Kayla Williams is notching single season career-highs in both assists (31) and aces (33). Junior setter Emma Turner is turning in career best numbers as well, posting 83 kills after recording just six in her first two seasons at UConn.
Redshirt-sophomore Kayla Williams has been tabbed to the American Weekly Honor Roll twice this season. Williams was mostly recently named to the honor roll on Oct. 17 after notching a team-best 4.67 kills per set and 4.50 digs per set on the weekend. The outside hitter tallied her first distinction of the season on Oct. 2, following a team-best 5.00 kills per set performance.
Junior libero Kennedy Arundel was named the American Athletic Conference Defensive Player of the Week on August 28, following her performance at the St. John’s Invitational. Arundel played in all 12 sets during the invitational, recording a team-high 65 digs and 5.42 digs per set, while picking up three assists and two aces.