UConn Women’s Volleyball Dog Pound Challenge Review
The University of Connecticut women’s volleyball team swept away the Dog Pound Challenge this weekend, dropping to 9-4 this season as they head into the Big East Conference game. Caylee Parker (Senior) also made history, becoming the 14th player in UConn women’s volleyball history to record 1,000 career kills. UConn will look forward to next Friday, where they face Seton Hall for the first Big East game of the season at the Gampel Pavilion.
The weekend couldn’t have started better for the Huskies as they swept Bryant straight sets to none. The first set saw UConn and Bryant trade blows, and halfway through the set, Bryant was leading 13-10. That’s when the Huskies did their best this season and kicked off an electric comeback, tying the game at 22 apiece. Thanks to the kills of McKayla Wuensch (graduate student) and Kennadie Jake-Turner (senior), UConn was able to fend off Bryant for the game’s first victory. The hotly contested game continued into the second set, where a few serve errors gave Bryant an early lead in the set. The Huskies were able to hang around as the set continued, and typically they blew up late and came back to claim the second set with a 7-0 run. The third set saw the roles reversed, as UConn took the lead early on. However, after a timeout, Bryant began an inspired comeback, one point behind. However, the Huskies were able to close the set and finish 1-0 on Friday. Jasmine Davis (Junior) led the team with 12 kills and two blocks in the game, and Jake-Turner followed with 11 kills and two blocks to her.
Saturday started off easy as UConn swept the New Jersey Institute of Technology three games to zero. Without a doubt, the highlight of this match was when Caylee Parker made history, registering her 1,000 career wins early in the match’s opening set. Head Coach Ellen Herman-Kimball praised the accomplishment perfectly, saying, “It couldn’t have happened to a more deserving person. She trains every day, works her cock every day, and I’m really happy for her because it’s well deserved. The Huskies would win the next two sets convincingly and go 2-0 this weekend.
The penultimate conclusion of the weekend came when UConn beat Yale in three sets on a Saturday. The first set was entirely UConn as they opened with four blocks which led to points. The second set was much more contested, as both teams traded blows early. Then it was Bryant’s turn to attempt a comeback as they managed to tie him at 23 apiece. However, the Huskies did not allow that to happen as a great team effort blocked Yale’s back-to-back attempts to take a two-set lead in the game. Looking to sweep the tournament away, UConn took an early lead, but the rambling Bulldogs were able to come back and regain the lead late. A Huskies-inspired attack brought the set closer again, but Yale was able to close the set and extend the game. The final set saw Yale take the lead with a 23-19 lead, but once again the Huskies refused to go out lightly and came back all the way to regain the lead and ultimately the game, completing the UConn sweep of the Dog Pound Challenge. .
Allie Garland (junior) took home MVP honors for the home team, and her teammates Jasmine Davis (junior) and Mckayla Wuensch (senior) joined her on the Dog Pound Challenge tournament team. UConn will prepare to face Seton Hall on Friday in the Gampel Hall as they open the Big East Conference game for the first time this season.