The Huskies (9-9, 2-4) volleyball team showed their grit, but ultimately came up short this weekend against Cincinnati (6-11, 4-1) Friday and ECU (12-6, 4-2) Sunday. UConn won the first set and dropped the following three sets in each game.
“One of the things we’ve talked about is that we can’t come in with the mindset we had from a month ago,” UConn head coach Kris Grunwald said while discussing injuries. “In each game, we haven’t been the first one to five this weekend in any of the sets.”
Against Cincinnati, UConn won the first set 26-24, but fell in the following three sets 23-25, 13-25, 25-23. Redshirt sophomore Kayla Williams recorded a double-double with 21 kills (a season high) and 10 digs. Junior Kennedy Arundel set the tone with 16 digs, while freshman Ally Barrett tallied 16 kills.
Cincinnati star Carly Nolan continued to play well for the Bearcats as she recorded 18 kills and eight digs. Abby Williams paced the way for Cincinnati with 19 digs, while Jade Tingelhoff had 33 assists.
UConn wrapped up their weekend against ECU Sunday and lost in four sets by a score of 20-25, 25-23, 25-17, 25-20. Redshirt freshman Genna Florig was the key for the Huskies in the first set as she led the team with five kills.
Overall for UConn, Williams led the team with 20 kills to go with her nine digs. Junior Emma Turner had 47 assists on the afternoon, while Arundel had 19 digs.
ECU was led by a quartet of players who each had over 10 kills - Bri Wood, Natalie Montini, Ashton Mares and Lael Ceriani. Shelby Martin had 42 assists, while Brandee Markwith had 15 digs.
“We have to come out with a little bit more urgency at the beginning of a match rather than waiting to see what a team is trying to do and responding to that,” Grunwald said.
UConn returns to action at 7 p.m. Friday against UCF in Orlando.
Michael Logan is a campus correspondent for The Daily Campus. He can be reached via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.