Volleyball plays American rivals
Published: Friday, September 27, 2013
Updated: Friday, September 27, 2013 00:09
The UConn women’s volleyball team will play two games this weekend, as the Huskies take on the SMU Mustangs and the Houston Cougars in the teams’ first meetings as American Athletic Conference foes.
The Huskies will take on the SMU Mustangs at 7 p.m. Friday night in Gampel Pavilion.
The Mustangs come to Storrs with an 8-5 record and having played in four tournaments. SMU went 2-2 in the Texas State Invite with wins against Quinnipiac and Lamar. Next, the Mustangs won their own host tournament in the SMU Invite, where they only dropped one set to Davidson. The Mustangs would go a combined 3-3 in the San Diego State Invite and College of Charleston Invite.
SMU is lead in kills by junior Caroline Young with 162 kills. Maddie Lozano and Abby Bybel have each contributed 107 kills to the offensive attack while Janelle Giordano has added 91. Freshman libero Morgan Heise has lead the Mustangs in digs thus far in the early season with 166. Sophomore Avery Acer has also reached triple digits in digs with 100.
UConn will also go up against the Houston Cougars at 2 p.m. on Sunday afternoon.
The Cougars come into the match with a 7-7 record, having recently been swept in the Flo Hyman Collegiate Cup and the TCU Invitational. Despite not being able to win a match in the last two tournaments, the Cougars did go 6-1 in their first two. The Cougars went undefeated in the Sawyer Camillo Memorial Classic, only losing one set in the whole tournament to Louisiana Lafayette.
Freshman Sarita Mikals leads the Cougars in kills with 175 while Cortney Warren and Kadi Kullerkann also have reached triple digits in kills with 138 and 122 respectively. Houston is lead in digs by junior Natalie Keck with 194. Sarita has also reached triple digits in digs with 117 along with sophomore Olivia O’Dell who has 102.
The Huskies are coming off a second place performance in the Dartmouth Duel, going 3-1 in the tournament with wins against Rhode Island, Dartmouth and New Hampshire. Co-captain Devon Maugle and Erika Thomas were named to the all-tournament team.
UConn currently has an 8-6 record and are hoping to keep getting strong performances from Junior Karson Ratliff who leads the team with 165 kills. The Huskies’ two captains are also looking to keep the momentum going as Maugle ranks second on the team in both digs and kills, while Brianna Dati leads the team in digs with 228.