BUFFALO, NY – The University at Buffalo volleyball team won the 2010 University at Buffalo Invitational on Saturday night, sweeping Central Connecticut State, 3-0. The Bulls placed three on the All-Tournament team, headlined by tournament MVP, Kayla Govier.
The Bulls won the match 25-14, 25-14, 25-14 as UB hit .354 for the match, including over .400 in each of the first two sets. The Bulls got a total team effort against the Blue Devils as all 12 players in uniform saw action.
UB was led by freshman Dana Musil, who had 12 kills and just four errors as she hit .308 for the match. Senior Marisa Hornbaker, who was named to the All-Tournament team, had 10 kills and just two errors on 18 total attacks. Kristin Bignell finished with six kills and no errors on 10 swings, while Govier also finished with six kills. Senior Lindsey Schlegel had 24 assists and a match-high five service aces, while freshman Kelly Svoboda finished with 12 digs and an ace. Svoboda was UB's third all-tournament team selection.
Also playing well in the middle for the Bulls was junior Abby Niekamp who had five kills and just one error as well as Carissa McKenna and Alexa Manuel, who both found the kill column. McKenna had five total blocks in the match, including one solo.
"I am happy for our team that we were able to go 3-0 and win the tournament," said head coach Todd Kress. "I thought yesterday we were a little sporadic and today we were a lot more efficient. We played better defense today and our middles played very well. Overall it looked a lot cleaner and it was nice that we were able to get everyone out there seeing game action. We know there is still work to be done and we will get back to practice to get ourselves ready for Syracuse on Tuesday."
With the win UB improves to 6-1 on the season, their best seven-match record to start a year since 1990.
UB returns to action on Tuesday evening when they head to Syracuse to face the Orange. The match is set to begin at 7:00 pm.