HEMPSTEAD, N.Y. - The University of New Hampshire volleyball team, behind seniors Jillian Ross' (Naperville, Ill.) 15 kills and Stacy Barnett's (Crystal Lake, Ill.) 25 digs, advanced to the America East Championship game versus Hofstra with a 3-0 blanking of Northeastern on Saturday at the Hofstra Physical Fitness Center.
The semifinal match scores were 15-13, 15-9, 15-10.
For the No. 2 seeded Wildcats (23-10), Sunday's 1 p.m. final against the top-seeded Pride marks the fourth-consecutive season in which the two teams have met for the championship. Hofstra, the defending champion, defeating UNH, 3-0, in last year's final, has won two out of three of the previous matches. UNH won the conference championship in 1998 with a 3-1 victory over the Pride.
Against the third-seeded Huskies (19-16) Barnett controlled the offense posting a match-high 53 assists. Senior Jennifer Walker (Fulton, N.Y.) notched 14 kills while committing just two errors for a .545 hitting-percentage. Senior Kate Jentes (Madbury, N.H.) had a game-high five blocks for the Wildcats.
New Hampshire hit .293 for the day while holding the Huskies to a .189 hitting-percentage. Sophomore Lauren Knight (Centerville, Mass.) knocked down 12 kills with an effective .476 hitting-percentage. Senior Kim Mirts-Poen had double digits in kills and digs with 10 and 18, respectively.
Hofstra beat fourth-seeded Towson, 3-1, in its semifinal match. UNH was 0-2 in against the Pride this season.