Harvard Defeats Wildcat Volleyball

DURHAM, N.H. -The University of New Hampshire volleyball team was defeated by Harvard University, 3-0 (15-10, 15-7, 15-10), Wednesday night at Lundholm Gymnasium.

The Crimson (14-11 overall, 5-2 Ivy), who defeated UNH in five games at the University of Connecticut Tournament earlier this season, trailed 6-2 in Game 1 before winning seven straight points on Liz Cebron's serve. The streak gave the visitors a 9-6 advantage and they didn't trail the rest of the game.

UNH (19-10, 8-1 AMERICA EAST) led 4-0 in Game 2 but the Crimson tallied 13 consecutive points to build an insurmountable advantage. HU took and early 3-0 lead in Game 3 and had a 5-4 edge through one complete rotation. They extended the advantage to 14-7 through two rotations. The 'Cats staved off four match points before Erin Denniston served out the match for the Crimson.

The Wildcats struggled on offense with a .083 hitting percentage (37 kills, 27 attack errors). Katie Jentes (Madbury, N.H.) and Leisha Campbell (Oswego, N.Y.) led UNH with nine and eight kills, respectively. Campbell also had a team-high 12 digs and Jessica Houle (Durham, N.H.) quarterbacked the attack with 28 assists.

Harvard, which had 39 kills and only 16 errors that translated into a .197 hitting percentage, was led offensively by Katherine Hart's 13 kills; Hart also had a match-best four service aces. Denniston and Kristen Schaeffer both recorded seven kills and Mindy Jellin registered 29 assists and a match-high 15 digs.

The 'Cats travel to play Delaware (Nov. 6; 1 p.m.) and Towson (Nov. 7; 1 p.m.) this weekend before their next home match, which is Nov. 10 ( 7 p.m.) against Maine.

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