Volleyball goes 1-2 during UConn Classic
Published: Sunday, September 8, 2013
Updated: Sunday, September 8, 2013 23:09
The UConn Huskies finished third in the UConn Classic this weekend, finishing behind Northeastern and the Pittsburgh Panthers.
UConn opened up the tournament with a loss against the Northeastern Huskies.
UConn was able to grab the first two sets, taking a commanding 2-0 lead in the opening game. However, Northeastern would scream back, bringing the score even at 2-2 leading to a one-sided overtime set that would be taken by Northeastern.
UConn had some solid performances in the first round. Four UConn players would reach double digit kills as Immanuella Anuga led the team with 14, Karson Ratliff added 13, and Erika Thomas and Devon Maugle each reached 10. Maugle would also add 17 digs to reach a double-double.
Brianna Datti gained 22 digs while Jade Strawberry added 18. Sage Esposito reached double figure digs for the first time this season with 12 digs. Marissa Prinzbach dished out 45 assists and reached 14 digs.
After Friday’s close game, the Huskies would go on to play the Albany Great Danes and win in straight sets 3-0, completely obliterating their opponents.
Maugle led the balanced UConn attack with 9 kills. Freshmen Camille Evans had a career day as she posted 8 kills. Prinzbach led the team with 16 assits while freshmen Sophia Mahr added 10 assists.
Datti continued her great season with 11 digs.
After a great team showing against the Great Danes, it was time for the Huskies to take on former Big East opponent Pittsburgh.
Unfortunately it would be another heart breaker for the Huskies.
After taking the first set 25-20, the Huskies would drop the next two sets by a combined 17 points. The Huskies were not to be held down, however, as they stormed back in an exciting fourth set 25-23 winning on Prinzbach’s third kill of the set.
The fifth set was all Pittsburgh as the Panthers scored the last 4 points, taking the set 9-15.
Maugle once again led the team in kills with 13 and was named to the all-tournament team.
“Devon is a rock for us,” said Coach Holly Strauss-O’Brien. “She’s a steady player. She passes and plays defense. She helps us out a lot offensively”.
Datti joined her co-captain on the all-tournament team and had 20 digs against the Panthers.
“Bri is the kid who is starting every single play for us from the backline,” said Coach Strauss O’Brien. “We’ve been looking forward to her stepping up into this role, and she’s doing a great job”.
This weekend’s games bring UConn’s record to 3-4 on the year. The Huskies will continue their season Friday against Troy in Atlanta, Georgia.