CLAWING THE HAWKS
Huskies improve to 9-0 in home openers under Coach O’Brien
Published: Wednesday, September 4, 2013
Updated: Wednesday, September 4, 2013 00:09
UConn Volleyball showed what they are made of Tuesday night as they completely dismantled the Hartford Hawks in straight sets, winning 3-0.
The Huskies got the first set started off with a bang. Erika Thomas connected on her first of nine kills to get the scoring started. Then, while leading 8-5, Devon Maugle unleashed a spike, giving the Huskies a four-point advantage. The Hawks attempted a comeback in the latter half of the set, but never overtook the Huskies as UConn took the first set, 25-21.
The Huskies once again annihilated the competition in the second set. Marissa Prinzbach scored on a pair of aces while Jade Strawberry continued her flurry of kills, several of which may have left dents in Gampel Pavilion’s floor.
UConn took the set 25-12 on a Maugle kill and improved their lead over the Hawks to 2-0.
The Huskies took the third set in similar fashion, this time 25-17. Thomas added an ace to the effort and Junior Karson Ratliff scored on a booming kill.
The Huskies had a strong, balanced attack Tuesday. Strawberry led the team with 10 kills while Thomas added nine, Ratliff chipped in with five, and Immanuella Anuga and Maugle added four of their own. Prinzbach once again led the Huskies in assists, dishing out 21 on Tuesday night. Digs were coming from all over the place against the Hawks, as Brianna Datti led the team with 14, Maugle added 13, and Strawberry added 10.
“We have a lot of people that could play multiple positions,” said Coach Holly Strass-O’Brien. “We’re constantly competing every single day, our lineup is constantly changing. We don’t rely on one person to carry us.”
After a very successful season last year, Coach Strauss-O’Brien doesn’t see anywhere to go, but up.
“We’re going after a conference championship,” said Coach Strauss O’Brien. “We were ranked third in the preseason. Once you’re third, why not first? If we keep growing week to week, we’ll be prepared for conference play. We have a chance to be the best team, meaning player 1 through player 15.”
The UConn Huskies will continue their quest for a conference crown this Friday as they take on Northeastern in the UConn Classic at 7:30 p.m. in Gampel Pavilion.