Volleyball: Huskies take two out of three in Dog Pound Challenge

The volleyball team won the first game of the Dog Pound Challenge 3-0 in a match versus Iona on Friday, September 1 at 12:30 p.m. Photo by Olivia Stenger, Photo Editor/Daily Campus

The volleyball team won the first game of the Dog Pound Challenge 3-0 in a match versus Iona on Friday, September 1 at 12:30 p.m. Photo by Olivia Stenger, Photo Editor/Daily Campus

The UConn volleyball team (4-2) recorded a clean sweep against both the University of Hartford (0-6) and Iona (2-4), but fell to LSU (6-0) in five sets. The weekend included stellar play from several Huskies as junior Emma Turner and senior Kenya Cason were named to the All-Tournament team.

The Huskies came ready to play Friday and beat Iona with a sweep (25-12, 25-11, 25-16) in just over an hour. The stars of the match included Turner, Cason and redshirt sophomore Kayla Williams. Turner set the tone with 31 assists, Cason recorded 12 digs, and Williams had 11 kills and four service aces.

Iona was led by Claire Archibald, who had eight kills, and Emma Rose, who led the team with 13 assists. As a team Iona had 21 digs, four blocks and 18 kills.

UConn then took on LSU in the night-cap and fell 3-2 in a tough five set battle (25-19, 12-25, 25-13, 18-25, 10-15).  The match was constantly back and forth and even included 23 different ties. Cason led the Huskies with a huge performance and a team-high 18 kills. Williams and junior Kennedy Arundel each had 10 digs to lead the team.

LSU, who has gotten off to a hot start, continued their success against UConn. Four players racked up 10 kills each, with Jacqui Armer leading the way with 14. Raigen Cianciulli recorded 19 digs in her fine performance.

The Huskies closed out the Dog Pound Challenge against Hartford Saturday afternoon, and it was another quick three-set match (25-13, 25-19, 25-17). Turner wrapped up her impressive weekend with another terrific performance, adding 24 assists and four digs. Williams led the team with 14 kills and seven digs. As a team, they had 36 kills and two blocks.

Hartford struggled to get much going against the Huskies and they racked up only 24 kills as a team. Megan Scherer turned in a nice performance with 14 assists.

UConn will take on Albany, Villanova and Princeton in the Villanova classic in Philadelphia next weekend.


Tyler Keating is the sports editor for The Daily Campus, covering men’s basketball. He can be reached via email at tyler.keating@uconn.edu. He tweets @tylerskeating.