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Volleyball Closes Out Regular Season with Tulsa, SMU

Nov. 21, 2016



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STORRS, Conn. –
The UConn volleyball team prepares to play its final two matches of the 2016 season when Tulsa and SMU come to town. Senior Day will be on Friday, when the Huskies will honor their five graduating players.

The Huskies (16-13, 7-11 American) host the Golden Hurricane on Wednesday at 12 p.m., followed by the regular-season finale against first-place SMU on Friday at 12 p.m. Both matches take place at Gampel Pavilion.

Hayley Cmajdalka, Camille Evans, Jessika Long, Rebecca Rivera and Jade Strawberry will all be acknowledged in a pregame ceremony prior to the SMU match (approximately 11:45 a.m.) on the day after Thanksgiving.



In their four years, these players have won 58 games, including 27 American Athletic Conference contests. The senior group helped the Huskies transition from the Big East and made great strides under head coach Kris Grunwald, who took over in 2014.

Earlier this season, the Huskies split with SMU and Tulsa – losing to the Mustangs in four sets while sweeping the Golden Hurricane. Junior Danielle Cabel recorded a career-high 16 kills and a .652 hitting percentage against Tulsa in the first meeting.

UConn ranks among the top 20 of Division I in a pair of categories, including 16th in kills per set (14.36) and 15th in assists per set (13.43).


Tulsa (18-12, 7-11 American) comes in on a three-match losing skid, falling to Memphis, SMU and UCF in its most recent action. Brooke Berryhill leads the way for the Golden Hurricane, ranking second in the league in digs per set (5.12).

Erica Bohannon is averaging 3.76 kills per set, fifth-most in the American. Bohannon is one of six seniors on the roster, an experienced team under head coach Ryan Wills.

SMU (23-7, 16-2 American) is currently in first place in the American, leading Cincinnati by just one game. The Mustangs have won five straight matches, with their last loss coming to the Bearcats on Nov. 4.

The Mustangs, led by head coach Lisa Seifert, have three players leading the conference in different categories: Morgan Heise in digs per set (5.18), Kendall Patterson in assists per set (10.86) and Janelle Giordano in blocks per set (1.38).


.345: Hitting percentage of junior Tosin Adeniyi, good for third-best in the American Athletic Conference.

2-2: UConn’s record in the final two matches of each of the past two seasons combined. The Huskies finished 2-0 in 2014 and 0-2 in 2015.

5: Number of categories redshirt freshman Kayla Williams leads UConn in (kills – 369, digs – 295, aces – 28, attacks – 963, and points – 414).