STORRS, Conn. – Coming off a four-set win over Houston, the UConn volleyball team returns to Gampel Pavilion this weekend to host ECU on Friday and Cincinnati on Sunday, as American Athletic Conference play continues.
First serve against the Pirates is scheduled for 2 p.m. (ET), while the match against the Bearcats begins at 12 p.m. (ET). Both can be followed on Game Tracker or @UConnVB on Twitter, as well as watched on Husky Vision.
The Huskies (15-10, 6-8 American), who won their first-ever game at the Alumni Center in Houston on Sunday, look for revenge against the Pirates and Bearcats after dropping five-set matches to both on Oct. 21 and 23.
Redshirt freshman Kayla Williams was named to the conference honor roll on Monday, after recording two double-doubles over the weekend. Her 20 kills and 18 digs against the Cougars led the Huskies to a 3-1 win.
“Friday night against Tulane was an opportunity we let slip away. We didn’t respond when we had the lead,” said head coach Kris Grunwald. “We were happy to get a road win on Sunday though, beating Houston in a tough place to play.”
The Huskies continue to rank among the top in Division I when it comes to kills per set (7th – 14.45) and assists per set (9th – 13.53). This even as the Huskies have changed the lineup as the season has progressed.
“Part of it was looking at statistics, part was the injury thing. Not all of it has been about who’s playing the best, but having to work around injuries,” said Grunwald.
Sophomore Iman McGary has been one of those key contributors, as she recorded a double-double of 14 kills and 14 digs in the loss to Tulane on Friday – following a 16-kill performance in a 3-0 win over Memphis on Oct. 30.
UConn has won two of the last three meetings against both ECU and Cincinnati, dating back to last season.
SCOUTING THE COMPETITION
ECU (14-10, 4-10 American) dropped matches to Tulsa and SMU over the past weekend and has lost its last four conference matches. The Pirates defeated the Huskies, 3-2, in a tightly-contested match in Greenville, N.C. on Oct. 23.
Cincinnati (16-9, 11-3 American) is currently tied with Temple for second place in the conference and is ranked No. 42 in the NCAA RPI. Jordan Thompson, the American’s leader in kills, recorded a career-high 29 in a 3-2 win over UConn on Oct. 21 in Ohio.
“Friday’s match with ECU will be one where we look for revenge from the first time. We feel it’s a team we can compete with,” said Grunwald.
“Cincinnati is battling between first and second place in the conference and we took them to five sets last time, so hopefully we have a strong showing this weekend.”