GAMEDAY CENTRAL: @Memphisvolley hosts UConn
Oct. 19, 2013
MEMPHIS, Tenn. - Memphis volleyball (10-10, 2-4 American) hosts the UConn Huskies (10-11, 1-5) Sunday afternoon at 1 p.m. at the Elma Roane Fieldhouse. The match is the first meeting between the two programs since 1991 and is the final match of a five game homestand for the Tigers.
The Tigers offense is spearheaded by Catlin Lilly, who has averaged 3.25 kills per set in her freshman campaign. Junior Lauren Hawkins and senior Viktorija Teivane have averaged 2.92 and 2.76 kills respectively. McKenzie Hayes has played strong as of late, upping her average to 2.18.
UConn enters the weekend with a 10-10 record on the season, but has struggled with a 1-5 record in American Athletic Conference play, after dropping a straight-set match to Temple Friday. They earned their first conference win last weekend against Rutgers. The Huskies started off the first weekend of conference play hosting SMU and Houston and dropped both matches. The next weekend they traveled to Florida to take on UCF and USF, dropping both of those matches as well.
Karson Ratliff leads the Huskies with 2.94 kills per set, with three others averaging at least 2.00. Erika Thomas has 167 kills, averaging 2.04, but her .272 hit percentage ranks her seventh in the conference.
Marissa Prinzbach runs the offense, with 765 assists per set, averaging out to just under 10, with 9.68. Brianna Datti paces the Huskies defense with and avearge of 4.36, Devon Maugle, Jade Strawberry, Sage Esposito and Prinzbach all average over 2.00 digs per set.
The game against the UConn concludes the five game homestand for Memphis, the longest of the season. Next weekend they'll travel to Florida to take on USF Friday evening at 7 p.m. CT and they'll face UCF Sunday at 1 p.m. CT. The Florida games will complete the first half of the home-and-home conference schedule.