NIU Volleyball Places Second At UConn Toyota Classic

GO HUSKIES Senior middle blocker Kate McCullagh led the Huskies in kills against both Boston College and UConn on Saturday.
GO HUSKIES
Senior middle blocker Kate McCullagh led the Huskies in kills against both Boston College and UConn on Saturday.
GO HUSKIES

Sept. 9, 2006

Box Score

Storrs, Conn. - The third time is the charm.

For the third time in as many tournaments, the Northern Illinois volleyball team placed second, as the visiting Huskies fell to UConn, 30-24, 30-24, 30-25, at Gampel Pavilion on Saturday night.

"UConn took advantage of their opportunities and scored a lot of points in transition," NIU Head Volleyball Coach Ray Gooden said. "There were some close games, but we gave up a couple of big runs and that was the volleyball match."

With the win, UConn remains undefeated at 8-0, while the visiting Huskies fall to 6-3 on the campaign.

UConn's Kate Seabaugh topped the host Huskies with 13 kills, followed by 10 kills from teammate Megan Silver.

The host Huskies capitalized on NIU's miscues, as the visiting Huskies hit at a clip of .106 (46 kills, 31 errors, 142 attacks). UConn added 14 total team blocks (5 solo) to four total swats (3 solo) by the visiting Huskies.

NIU middle blockers Kate McCullagh (Woodstock, Ill.) and Katie Walsh (St. Charles, Ill.) accounted for 29 of the Huskies' 46 kills on the evening. McCullagh led the Huskies with 18 kills, while Walsh added 11 putaways.

Earlier in the morning, NIU turned in a dominating performance as the Huskies trounced Boston College, 30-28, 30-15, 30-19.

"The girls did a great job today (against Boston College)," Gooden said. "They were very focused, as they scouted them last night (Friday) and applied it towards today's match.

"Boston College didn't give us a lot of points today, so we earned a lot of them and that was cool."

McCullagh led the Huskies with 22 kills, followed by 13 putaways from junior outside hitter Laura Baetzel (Chicago, Ill.).

NIU is back in action on Tuesday (Sept. 12) evening, as they host Illinois-Chicago. First serve is slated for 7 p.m. (CST) at Victor E. Court in the Convocation Center.