Volleyball’s Dartmouth Duel in N.H.
Published: Friday, September 20, 2013
Updated: Friday, September 20, 2013 01:09
After a win at the Courtyard Classic in Atlanta, the UConn volleyball team will enter into the Dartmouth Duel in Hanover, N.H.
UConn’s first match-up will come against the New Hampshire Wildcats at 12:30 p.m. this afternoon.
The Wildcats enter the match with a 5-6 overall record. New Hampshire is coming off of the Maryland tournament that saw them get swept, only winning one set in the whole tournament. The Wildcats also did battle in the Holly Young Invitational, where they won two of three games against the St. John’s Red Storm and the Brown Bears.
New Hampshire is led in kills by senior Morgan Thatcher with 119. Sophomore Torri Forest is second on her team in kills with 92. Sophmore Madison Lightfoot has been a machine for the Wildcats on defense as she leads the team 166, exactly double the amount of digs as Forest, who has the second-most on the team with 83.
The Huskies will also play Dartmouth today at 7:30 p.m.
The Big Green enter the weekend 5-2, going 3-1 in the Big Green Invitational with wins against Central Connecticut, Manhattan and Providence. Dartmouth also played in the Volley in the Valley where they went 2-1 with wins against UMass Lowell and Hartford.
The Big Green are led in kills and digs by Paige Caridi with 72 kills and 89 digs as she has been a forced to reckoned with in the early going.
UConn will then face off against Minnesota Gophers on Saturday at noon.
Minnesota is coming off of the Bluegrass Battle, which saw them face off against two perennial Kentucky state powerhouses – Kentucky and Louisville. The Gophers went 1-1 in the tournament, losing to Kentucky and beating Louisville. The loss against Kentucky serves as the team’s only loss thus far in the 2013 campaign as the team has gone undefeated in the Diet Coke Classic and the UAB/Samford Classic.
The Gophers have a strong and balanced offensive attack with two of their players, Tori Dixon and Ashley Whittman, reaching triple-digit kills in the young season. Minnesota is also very balanced on defense, with Whittman leading the team with 82, Alexandra Palmer chipping in 70, and Daly Santana contributing 66.
The Huskies last match-up will be tomorrow against the Rhode Island at 5 p.m.
The Rams enter the tournament with a 5-4 overall record. They are coming off of the Carmichael Invitational that saw them go undefeated against UTEP and Hartford, and also the Valpo Popcorn Classic that saw them not win even a set against Valparaiso, Iowa and Army.
Sophomore Franki Darnold has proven to be a one woman wrecking crew for the Rams in the young season as she leads her team in kills, 108 and digs with 91.
The Huskies will enter this weekend with a 5-5 record, looking to get on the right side of the .500 mark.