Amherst, Mass.-- The University of New Hampshire women's volleyball ream lost its first match of the UMass Invitational on Friday morning with a 0-3 loss to Michigan State at Curry Hicks Cage. The game scores Were 6-15, 8-15 and 8-15.
In the nightcap, UNH was defeated by host UMass, 0-3. The game scores were 6-15, 12-15 and 4-15. With the losses UNH falls to 2-5, while Michigan State improves to 3-2 and UMass is now 2-3 on the year with the victory.
UNH received notable performances in the Michigan State match from juniors JilIian Ross (Naperville, Ill.) and Katie Jentes (Madbury, N.H.) who each chipped in with a team-high six kills apiece. Ross also notched a team-high 10 digs in the losing effort. junior setter Stacy Barnett (Crystal Lake. Ill.) had another solid match with a team-high 26 assists.
In the UMass match, the Cats were led by Jentes who tallied 10 kills and four digs is the losing cause for New Hampshire.
UNH returns to action on Friday, September 17 in Fayetteville, Arkansas for the Arkansas Invitational Tournament. Other teams participating are Missouri and Louisiana Tech. UNH starts the tournament with Missouri on Friday night at 5 p.m., on Saturday the Cats face the Lady Razorbacks at 1 p.m. and the Lady Techsters at 5:30 p.m. to conclude the tournament. The Wildcats meet the participating schools for the first time in history, except for Arkansas. UNH lost 0-3 to the Lady Razorbacks last year in the team's first ever NCAA tournament appearance.