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UConn's In BIG EAST Tournament With Must-Win Sweep

Connecticut, 3, St. John's 0

CONNECTICUT     15      15      15
ST. JOHN'S      13      11      12

TEAM RECORDS UConn (18-11, 7-4), St. John's (24-8, 7-4)

JAMAICA, NY (Nov. 10) -- Having been put into a must-win situation in order to earn a trip to the 2000 BIG EAST Conference Tournament, the University of Connecticut came up with perhaps its largest victory of the season as it downed St. John's Friday night in three matches (15-13, 15-11, 15-12).

The win is UConn's fourth consecutive sweep of an opponent and 13th this season. The victory also kept Connecticut's streak intact of having never been beaten by St. John's as the all-time series stands at 7-0. The Huskies record is now 18-11 and 7- 4 in the BIG EAST, while St. John's drops to 24-8 and 7-4 in conference play.

As three teams (St. Johns, Connecticut and Syracuse) could end the season with identical 7-4 conference records, the sweep puts UConn's individual games record in BIG EAST play at 25-11. This is critical because even if Syracuse sweeps Notre Dame tomorrow the Orangewomen would have a game record of 27-14, which would put SU's overall percentage behind UConn.

Stephanie Schindel (Sr., OH, Diamond Bar, CA) guided both the offense and defense with 14 kills and 13 digs. The tallies give her 12 straight double- doubles and 19 on the year. Julie Erbez (Fr., S, Stockton, CA) and Maria Shaker (Jr., S, Fairview Park, OH) split time at the setter position with Erbez collecting 23 assists and Shaker posting 19. As a team, the Huskies combined for 18 blocks, its second highest mark on the year (20, vs. West Virginia, 10/22/00.

Connecticut will enter the BIG EAST Tournament as the fourth seed and face top seeded Notre Dame Saturday, Nov. 18, in South Bend, IN. In the regular season match Notre Dame defeated UConn 3-2.