Mustangs Beat Connecticut 3-0 For 10th Sweep This Season
Nov. 3, 2013
DALLAS (SMU) - SMU swept Connecticut for the second time this season, recording the 10th 3-0 win of the season to improve to 16-8 overall and 8-3 in the American Athletic Conference. Caroline Young led the offensive attack for the Mustangs, recording a match-high 12 kills to finish with at least 10 for the 18th time this season and ninth time in American matches.
Cailin Bula had 11 kills in the match, and the middle blockers for the Mustangs both had great performances in the match. Freshman Janelle Giordano finished with seven kills and four blocks, and Maddie Lozano scored six kills with six blocks. Avery Acker recorded 38 assists with seven digs and six blocks. The Mustangs hit .281 as a team in the match, with Young hitting .409, SMU also recorded 12 blocks.
SMU finished the match in the third set, out-scoring the Huskies (11-15, 2-9 American) 13-6 to take a 25-20 win for the sweep. Bula scored two of SMU's final three points, including match point, to eclipse double figures for the eighth time this season. Morgan Heise had seven of her team-high 11 digs in the third set.
Young blasted seven kills in the first set to lead SMU to a 25-22 win to start the match. It was a back-and-forth battle for most of the set, with neither team leading by more than two until the Mustangs scored three straight to take a 20-17 lead on a pair of blocks after a UConn attack error. The Huskies cut the lead to one, 22-21. The Mustangs scored the next two to get to set point, and after the Huskies scored on SMU's first attempt to end the set, Bybel smashed a kill for the 25-22 win.
The Mustangs erased a four-point deficit late in the second set with an 11-2 run to take a 23-18 lead. Five points later, Giordano capped off a stellar set with her fifth of the match to give SMU a 25-20 win for a 2-0 lead in the match. Giordano finished the set with four kills and three blocks. Her three blocks were all recorded in a span of four straight SMU points to give the Mustangs a 21-18 lead.
SMU returns to the road next weekend, playing at Cincinnati Friday at 6 p.m. CT. The Mustangs will also play at league-leader Louisville before returning to the Dedman Center for the final home weekend on Nov. 15 and 17.