Amherst, Mass.-- The University of New Hampshire women's volleyball team defeated Seton Hall, 3-1 on the final day of the UMass Invitational at Curry Hicks Cage. The game scores were 15-7, 15-4, 12-15 and 15-11. In UNH's final match of the tournament, the Cats' defeated Southern Mississippi, 3-0. The game scores were 15-11, 15-7and 15-5.
With the victories, UNH improves to 4-5, while the Golden Eagles drop to 5-3.
In the Seton Hall match, New Hampshire was powered by junior outside hitter Jillian Ross (Naperville, Ill.) who tallied a team-high 12 kills, nine digs and four service aces. Senior co-captains Bethany Cole (Canterbury, N.H.) and Leisha Campbell (Oswego, N.Y.) along with junior hitter Kim Mirts-Poen (Essex, Iowa) each recorded nine kills for UNH. Mirts-Poen also chipped in with a team-high 12 digs. Junior setter Stacy Barnett (Crystal Lake, Ill) notched a team-high 39 assists and 10 digs in the victory.
In the Southern Mississippi match, UNH received notable contributions from Cole who notched a team-high 11 kills and a team-high eight total blocks. Junior middle hitter Jen Walker (Fulton, N.Y.) clinched a spot on the All-Tournament team with a 10 kill and 5 block peformance to cap off a solid weekend of play at UMass. Ross had another solid match recording eight kills and 11 digs. Barnett finished the match with a match-high 28 assists and nine digs.
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 teams first ever NCAA tournament appearance.