Volleyball ‘Digs Pink’ in matches this weekend
Published: Thursday, October 24, 2013
Updated: Thursday, October 24, 2013 23:10
The UConn volleyball team will participate in a pair of huge games this weekend as it take on Cincinnati in its “Dig Pink” match for breast cancer awareness on Friday night and Louisville in its first ever nationally televised game on Sunday afternoon on ESPNU.
The Huskies will start their weekend against Cincinnati at 7 p.m. on Friday night.
Things haven’t gone the Bearcats this season as they have failed to record a single win this season. The Bearcats are currently 0-21 with a 0-7 conference record. Cincinnati has only forced two overtime sets during its losing streak against South Florida and Northern Kentucky.
The Bearcats are led offensively by freshman outside hitter Ciara Hill, who has accumulated 159 kills thus far this season. Two other Bearcats have reached triple digit kills this season, as Me’Ashah Nicholson and Morgan Allfred have reached 131 and 114 kills, respectively.
The Bearcats are led in digs by Shelby Green, who has scooped 232 digs this year. Jamie Netisingha has 172 digs on the year while Allfred has 119.
Up next for the Huskies will be the Louisville Cardinals on Sunday at 1 p.m. The game will be covered live by ESPNU and mark the program’s first ever nationally televised game.
The Cardinals have a 12-7 overall record and have gone undefeated in the American Athletic Conference thus far, with a 7-0 conference record. Louisville has gone 10-1 in its last 11 games with its only loss coming to Middle Tennessee State.
Louisville is led offensively by freshman outside hitter Maya McClendon, who has killed 205 shots this season. Emily Juhl comes in with 172 kills on the year while Brooke Mattingly and Jennelle Jenkins have amassed 169 and 167 kills, respectively.
The Cardinals are led in digs by their senior libero Caitlin Welch with 318. McClendon, Katie George and Haley Pouliezos have also reached triple digit digs so far this season for Louisville.
UConn returns to Storrs with a 10-12 overall record after a road trip last weekend that saw it lose two conference matchups to Temple and Memphis. The two losses drop the Huskies’ conference record to 1-6. UConn will look to get back on the right track in front of its home crowd and on national television.