DURHAM, N.H. - The University of New Hampshire volleyball team utilized a balanced attack to defeat the University of Maine, 3-0, Saturday afternoon at Lundholm Gymnasium. The game scores were 15-9, 15-4, 15-13.
New Hampshire improved to 11-7 overall and 2-0 in America East with its sixth consecutive victory. Maine is now 7-9, 0-2.
The Black Bears opened Game 1 with a 3-0 lead, but the host Wildcats scored the next 12 points to build a commanding 12-3 advantage. Maine fought off one game point at 14-6 and trimmed the deficit to 14-9 but New Hampshire earned a sideout and ended the game on the serve of Lauren Knight (Centerville, Mass.). Jillian Ross (Naperville, Ill.) led the 'Cat attack with three kills and three blocks.
In Game 2, UNH bolted out to a 5-0 lead on the first service of the game by Stacy Barnett (Crystal Lake, Ill.; 40 assists, nine digs). The Wildcats extended their advantage to 9-1 before the Black Bears surged within 9-4. New Hampshire immediately regained momentum and pushed the lead to 13-4.
There were six sideouts before UNH finally gained another point. Once again the visitors proved tough to put away as the Black Bears erased four game-point opportunites before succumbing on Barnett's serve. Katie Jentes (Madbury, N.H.) and Jennifer Walker (Fulton, N.Y.) each recorded five kills in the game.
Through two rotations in Game 3, Maine led 7-4. The Wildcats trailed 10-4 before closing the gap to 11-10. UNH continued its comeback by taking a 13-12 lead. Maine tied the score but, on New Hampshire's next sideout, Jentes served out the game to win the match.
Jentes led UNH's balanced offense with 13 kills. Walker, who also contributed four blocks, recorded 10 kills. Kim Mirts-Poen (Essex, Iowa) was credited with nine kills while Alyson Coler (Monte Sereno, Calif.) had seven kills and a match-high 12 digs.
Maine was led offenively by Leah Voss, who recorded seven of her match-high 15 kills in Game 1. Adrienne Poplawski added 10 kills and Cheryl Elliott recorded 34 assists.
New Hampshire returns to action Oct. 8 with a home match against Northeastern University. Starting time at Lundholm Gymnasium is 1 p.m.