UConn volleyball ready to take on Villanova and Georgetown in volleyball
Published: Thursday, September 20, 2012
Updated: Thursday, September 20, 2012 21:09
The University of Connecticut volleyball team begins Big East Conference play this weekend with matches at Gampel Pavilion against Villanova and Georgetown.
The Huskies are riding a hot run of form at the moment. They have won three of their four matches since Friday, including a 3-0 win in their most recent match at in-state rival Sacred Heart on Wednesday.
UConn ends nonconference play with a record of 9-6. They were 3-1 at home, 2-3 in away matches and 4-2 at neutral sites. The Huskies also went 3-0 against opponents from Connecticut, defeating Fairfield, Hartford and Sacred Heart by a combined score of 9-1.
Both of UConn’s weekend opponents have struggled so far this season. UConn opens the weekend on Friday at 7 p.m. against Villanova, who has posted a 5-8 record, so far this season. The Wildcats finished fifth in the Big East last season with an 8-6 record and went 17-13 overall. Playing far from home has been a struggle for Villanova so far. The Wildcats are 1-6 in matches played outside Pennsylvania.
The Huskies will get a day off before returning to action on Sunday at 2 p.m., when they take on Georgetown. The Hoyas finished 10th in the Big East last season with a 6-8 mark (14-13 overall), finishing just two games ahead of UConn, who finished 4-10. The Hoyas are 6-7 to start the season. However, only one of their first 13 matches was played at home, so they are used to playing on the road. They will stop in New York on Friday to open Big East play against St. John’s before continuing up to Storrs.