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Volleyball Falls to Louisville 3-1 in BIG EAST Tournament

CINCINNATI, Ohio (November 17, 2006) – Junior Sade Chambers (Baldwinsville, N.Y.) had 21 kills to lead the Huskies but the No.7 University of Connecticut volleyball team fell to No.2 Louisville on Friday, November 17, in the quarterfinals of the BIG EAST Tournament in Cincinnati, Ohio. Louisville won the match three games to one with scores of 30-27, 30-22, 27-30 and 30-28.

The Huskies (19-11, 8-7 BIG EAST) came out with strong intensity in game one with a kill from Chambers getting UConn on the board first at 1-0. Louisville came back to regain the lead, but senior Megan Silver (Snohomish, Wash.) added a kill to get the Huskies to within two at 4-6. Freshman Kate Seabaugh (St. Louis, Mo.) came up with a block and then followed it up with a kill to close in on the Cardinals at 11-12. UConn forced Louisville into errors to take a 15-13 lead. The Cardinals came back to tie the game at 16-16 off a block. Louisville took back the lead, but UConn would rally to score three unanswered points to get within one at 24-25. Sophomore Lorelle Schaub (New Brighton, Minn.) tied things up at 26-26 with a kill to force a Louisville timeout. The Cardinals would close out game one 30-27.

Game two saw the Huskies getting out to a 2-0 lead after kills from both Silver and Schaub. A Louisville block would then even the score at 2-2. Chambers added a kill followed by another from Schaub to go up 5-3. Back-to-back kills from Chambers again saw UConn taking a 9-6 advantage. Louisville fought back to score three unanswered points to tie the game at 9-9. The Cardinals were too much down the stretch as they took game two 30-22.

Down 2-3 in game three, Seabaugh tied things up at 3-3 before a Louisville attack error gave UConn a 4-3 edge. The Huskies would score five unanswered points which included a huge block from Schaub and freshman Devon Farrell (Lafayette, Calif.) and a service ace by freshman Jessica Isaac (Erlanger, Ky.) with Louisville needing a timeout. Denson-Dorman added a service ace to extend the lead before Chambers and Schaub teamed up for a block to take a 14-6 advantage. Another service ace by Denson-Dorman followed up by a kill from Chambers saw UConn taking a 16-7 lead. Silver pounded down a kill for a 19-12 lead for the Huskies. The Cardinals crept back into the game and got to within two at 20-18 after a service ace. UConn would use another string of four points to maintain the lead at 24-18 with Chambers blasting two kills in that time. Seabaugh would use a service ace to put UConn up 29-23, but Louisville answered with five straight points. Silver put game three in the books for the Huskies with a kill, 30-27.

UConn was up early in game four 3-2, but the Cardinals responded to score seven unanswered points to take an 11-3 lead. Silver got the team back in the game with two straight blocks, being assisted on the first by Denson-Doman and then Seabaugh on the next to show the score at 7-12. Silver and Denson-Dorman came up with another block with Farrell adding a service ace at 11-18. The Huskies would get back in the game after Farrell hammered down two consecutive kills to get to within three at 19-22 and Louisville wanting a timeout. Another Farrell kill followed up with one from Chambers got UConn to within two at 22-24. The Huskies fought off three match points, but Louisville was able to hold on to take game four and the match 30-28.

Seabaugh finished with nine kills while Denson-Dorman dished out 46 assists coupled with 16 digs for a double-double. Defensively, Isaac led the way with 23 digs while Silver posted six blocks.