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Volleyball to Play Two in Florida

Nov. 16, 2016

LIVE STATS: USF | UCF

LIVE STREAM: USF | UCF

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STORRS, Conn. –
The UConn volleyball team prepares for the final road trip of the season when it travels to play USF and UCF this weekend, looking to avenge losses to the Knights and Bulls earlier this year in Gampel Pavilion.

The Huskies (16-11, 7-9 American) play USF on Friday night at 7 p.m. (ET), while facing off with UCF on Sunday at 1 p.m. (ET). Both matches can be followed on live stats or live streams, as linked above.

Coming off a split at home – a 3-1 win over ECU and a 3-0 loss to Cincinnati, UConn has won three of its last five matches. With four matches remaining in 2016, the Huskies have a chance of reaching the 20-win plateau for the first time since 2008.

Redshirt freshman Kayla Williams led the Huskies with 12 kills in the most recent win over the Pirates, while senior Rebecca Rivera and sophomore Elizabeth Kline each had a match-high 13 digs.


 

 

Williams continues to lead the team with 3.53 kills per set, while senior Hayley Cmajdalka is averaging a team-high .351 hitting percentage. Kline has added a defensive presence as of late, recording double-digit digs in four of the last five matches.

In the previous meetings this season with the Knights, the Huskies were swept 3-0 on Oct. 14 – the day of UConn Basketball First Night. Two days later, UConn dropped a nail-biting five-set match to the Bulls.

The Huskies continue to lead the American in kills per set (14.36) and assists per set (13.43).

SCOUTING USF AND UCF

USF (16-12, 7-9 American) has lost five straight matches, including a recent weekend sweep at Tulsa and SMU. Dakota Hampton leads the team with 2.89 kills per set. The Bulls are 10-4 at home this season.

UCF (21-8 11-5 American) has been hot of late, winning four of its last five matches. An important showdown with third-place Temple on Friday night will take place before Sunday’s meeting with the Huskies. The Knights rank second in the league in kills and assists per set.

NEXT UP

The Huskies wrap-up the 2016 season next week when they host Tulsa on Wednesday at 12 p.m. (ET) and SMU on Friday at 12 p.m. (ET). Both matches will be played in Gampel Pavilion.

Prior to the start of Friday’s match, the Huskies will celebrate Senior Day in a pregame ceremony. Hayley Cmajdalka, Camille Evans, Jessica Long, Rebecca Rivera and Jade Strawberry – Uconn’s five graduating players - will be honored.

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