Volleyball begins conference play with two losses
Published: Monday, September 30, 2013
Updated: Monday, September 30, 2013 00:09
The UConn volleyball team lost both their matches this weekend falling to Southern Methodist University in straight sets, 3-0, and losing to the Houston Cougars in five sets, 3-2.
The Huskies were without their top two attackers for their first game against the SMU Mustangs Friday. Both Karson Ratliff and co-captain Devon Maugle were forced to miss the game due to injury.
Unfortunately for the injury-ridden Huskies, they would be swept by the Mustangs in a quick match. UConn hung with the Mustangs for the first two sets, only losing 25-21 and 25-20, but would be out-matched in the final set 25-15.
SMU was led by reigning conference player of the week Caroline Young who gathered 15 kills in only 3 sets.
Erika Thomas would lead the way for the Huskies in the match with 9 kills while Immanuella Anuga chipped in 7. Sage Esposito led the team with 10 digs.
The Huskies were back on the court Sunday against the Houston Cougars with their leading attacker Ratliff back in action.
Early in the match, it looked as if Sunday’s match was going to be much of the same with the Huskies falling behind 2-0, each by the score 21-25.
However the Huskies came out of the locker room on fire after the break.
“The big talk was to control what we can,” said head coach Holly Strauss-O’Brien. “We were due for the numbers to change a little bit, and they came in our favor in the end.”
The Huskies would go on to win the next two sets, with a 25-20 win in the third set and a dramatic 25-23 win in the fourth set that brought the crowd to their feet and the match into overtime.
UConn would fall short in the extra set though, losing 12-15 after starting out on a 4-0 run.
The Huskies had a very balanced offensive attack on Sunday with four players reaching double digits in kills. Ratliff lead the way with 13, while Camille Evans , 12, Jade Strawberry, 11, and Erika Thomas, 10. Marissa Prinzbach dished out 48 assists while co-captain Brianna Datti lead the team with 27 digs.
The Huskies will be back in action next weekend as they take on their Floridian foes, UCF and USF agan without their co-captain Maugle.
“We just have to find different ways to win right now,” said Coach Strauss-O’Brien. “That’s what today was all about: trying to find a way to win. Unfortunately, we fell a few kills short.”