After coming off of a successful UConn challenge, the Huskies were unable to execute the same intensity on the road. UConn women’s volleyball struggled in the Ohio Invite, losing all three games played 0-3. The nonconference teams that gave the Huskies a fight consisted of the University of Virginia, Ohio University, and the College of Charleston.
The Huskies (3-6) played two of the three games in the same day. They kept it close with the University of Virginia Cavaliers in the first two matches, yet let the last match slip away from them. The first match against the Cavaliers left the Huskies in a deficit of 5 points to end the set, while the second match managed to go over the need for 25 points and instead resulted in the final set score of 28-26. The second set was truly a fight to the finish, yet the Huskies allowed fatigue and lack of execution get to them.
As the Huskies entered their second game on Friday, they faced the tournament host, Ohio State, allowing them to have a clean sweep, winning their second consecutive game for the day.
While the games didn’t end the way that the Huskies hoped, sophomore Caylee Parker and freshman Jasmine Davis are surely two individuals who stand out. Parker never disappoints due to her aggressive nature on the court and her will to win. From the three games combined, Parker attained an impressive total of 33 kills and added 16 digs. On the other hand, Jasmine Davis has recently begun her college career and constantly proves why the UConn coaches made the right decision in recruiting her. Despite the losses that the Huskies took, Davis landed her second double-double and is executing the role that has been bestowed upon her.
Arguably, the Huskies have lost sight of defense as they allowed the University of Virginia to obtain seven aces and obtained none themselves. With faith in head coach Ellen Herman-Kimball and the rest of the coaching staff, it is expected that the Huskies will come back in the next games with more fight, especially since they will be returning home to Gampel Pavilion for the Dog Pound Challenge.
Hanaisha Lewis is a campus correspondent for The Daily Campus. She can be reached via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.