Nov. 16, 2012
MILWAUKEE, Wis. – The University of Connecticut volleyball team saw its season come to an end in the BIG EAST Quarterfinals with a 3-2 loss to Cincinnati at the Al McGuire Center. The No. 4 seed Huskies finished the year 19-12 overall, while the No. 5 Bearcats move on with a 12-18 record.
UC took the first 25-21, followed by a 25-17 win for UConn in the second. After the intermission, the Bearcats won 25-20 before the Huskies forced a fifth set with a 25-23 win in the fourth. Cincinnati claimed the final set 15-8.
The two teams traded points early in the first set until Cincinnati made a run to go on top 20-13. The Bearcats led 24-17, but the Huskies continued to push back and netted four straight points before falling, 25-21. Senior outside hitter Mattison Quayle (Los Angeles, Calif.) tallied six kills and hit .667 for the set.
UConn bounced back for the win in the second set, 25-17. It remained close through 10-10 when the Huskies went on a six-point run, including back-to-back aces by Quayle. Freshman outside hitter Madeline Kuppe (Palo Alto, Calif.) led the attack with four kills and a perfect 1.000 attack rate for Connecticut. As a team, Connecticut hit .429 for the game.
In the third, the Bearcats built a 9-6 lead, causing the Huskies to burn their first timeout of the game. UConn responded with an 11-4 run to go on top 17-13. From there it was all Cincinnati as the Bearcats scored six straight en route to a third set victory, 25-20.
Down 20-18 in the fourth set, head coach Holly Strauss-O’Brien called timeout. Connecticut stormed back to take a 22-21 lead and forced a deciding set with a 25-23 win.
For the match, Quayle led the Huskies with 19 kills to go with eight digs. Freshman middle blocker Immanuella Anagu (Culver City, Calif.) finished second on the team with 10, while classmate Erika Thomas (Ocoee, Fla.) chipped in with eight and hit a team-best .571. Cincinnati’s Jordanne Scott totaled 30 kills, falling just two shy of the tournament record.
Senior libero Kelsey Maving (Tonawanda, N.Y.) led Connecticut with 19 digs, tying Bearcat libero Emily MacIntyre for the match lead.
In place of injured starter freshman Marissa Prinzbach (Cincinnati, Ohio), senior setter Angela Roidt (McFarland, Wis.) guided the UConn offense with 45 assists. For Cincinnati, Rachel Rohlfs and Madison Lang split the setting duties, with Rohlfs leading the team with 36.
Sophomore outside hitter Devon Maugle (Plymouth Meeting, Pa.), playing on an injured ankle, made her first appearance of the match in the second set and picked up just one kill and one dig.
It was the second time this season that the Huskies fell to the Bearcats in five sets. Connecticut is now 11-39 in the BIG EAST Tournament, last winning in 1999.