Volleyball: UConn tops Rutgers for first win in the American
Published: Sunday, October 13, 2013
Updated: Sunday, October 13, 2013 22:10
The UConn volleyball team took down the Rutgers Scarlet Knights in four sets as the Huskies captured their first American Athletic Conference win 3-1.
The Huskies got off to a rough start in the first set of the match, losing 27-25. Despite having a chance to win the set late, the Huskies were finished off by consecutive kills by Rutgers’ Alex Lassa who would finish the match with 21 kills.
UConn wouldn’t let the first set-back get in the way however as they would take the second set 25-20.
Rutgers would jump out to an early 10-5 lead in the set, but the Huskies would fight back. An ace by UConn’s Marissa Prinzbach would tie the set up at 13 as the Huskies went on a 12-7 run to finish off the set.
UConn would keep the momentum rolling after the halftime break as they would take the highly contested third set 26-24 behind multiple Karson Ratliff kills. Rutgers however, would have a 14-10 lead in the third. The Huskies would respond with a 7-2 run to give them 17-16. UConn would go on to take the set behind a key Jackie Wattles kill and a Rutgers error.
The Huskies would completely dismantle the Scarlet Knights in the fourth set 25-13 behind back-to-back blocks and an ace from sophomore Immanuella Anuga as UConn would take the match 3-1.
UConn had a very balanced attack Friday night with three of their attackers reaching double figures. Ratliff led the Huskies with 17 kills while Anuga and Hayley Cmajdalka each had 10 kills. The Huskies were also very balanced on defense as three of their players reached double figures in digs. Co-captain Brianna Dati led the team with 23 digs while freshmen Sophia Mar and junior Amy Christensen each scooped 10 digs.
“I’m really proud of our team effort tonight,” said Heach Coach Holly Strass-O’Brien. “We literally played everybody at one point in the match and everybody did what they needed to do. It’s good to get our first conference win. It’s nice knowing we got 13 left and we’ll move forward from here”.
The win brings the Huskies record to 10-10 and their conference record to 1-4. UConn’s next games will each come on the road this weekend as the Huskies take on Temple and Memphis away.