Huskies play in Courtyard Classic
Published: Thursday, September 12, 2013
Updated: Thursday, September 12, 2013 23:09
The UConn volleyball team will travel to Atlanta this weekend to participate in the Courtyard Classic tournament.
The Huskies first game will be against Troy on Friday evening.
The Troy Trojans come into this game with a 3-4 record, coming off a loss to the Auburn Tigers in the Active Ankle Challenge in Alabama. Troy went 1-3 in the Active Ankle Challenge and also finished 1-3 in the Southern Miss Invitational with their only win coming against Jackson State. The Trojans’ offensive attack is led by Marija Zelonivic a 6-foot-3 junior from Serbia who leads the team with 97 kills. Kiah Cheatham has pitched in 55 kills to the offense while Kayla Pickart has added 64. Courtney Cohen leads the team in digs with 128.
The Huskies will then move on to play the St. John’s Red Storm the following day.
UConn faced the Red Storm last season and were swept 3-0. Returning junior, Ashley Boursiquote led St. John’s in the match, as she killed 11 out of her 10 attempts.
This will be the first time that the two teams will play non-conference foes. St. John’s comes into the match with a 5-3 record. The Red Storm went 2-2 at the Holly Young Invitational, with their wins coming against Brown and Stony Brook. St. John’s also went 3-1 in the Colgate Classic, with only losing to Colgate.
St. John’s is led offensively by returning sophomore Karin Palqutova with 116 kills. St. John’s is lead in digs by sophomore Shawna-Lei Santos with 120.
UConn will play their final game of the tournament against Georgia Tech Saturday night.
Georgia Tech comes into the match with a 3-3 record. They went 1-3 in the Sheraton Airport Lobo Classic with their sole win of the tournament coming against UC Riverside. The Yellow Jackets also went 2-1 in the Georgia Tech Invitational with wins against Florida A&M and Chattanooga.
The Yellow Jackets are led offensively by returning senior Jennifer Percy with 58 kills while Ivona Kolak has 49 and Teegan Van Gust has 48. Kaleigh Colson leads the team in digs with 51.
After the Courtyard Classic, the Huskies will have a week off before competing in the Dartmouth Duel in Hanover, N.H.