New Hampshire Volleyball falls to Fairfield, 3-2

DURHAM, N.H. - The University of New Hampshire volleyball team let a commanding two game lead slip away against Fairfield University on Saturday, dropping the final three games at Lundholm Gymnasium in a 3-2 loss.

Ties 22 apiece in the third game, the momentum began to shift in the Stags favor. Fairfield finished the game by outpointing the Wildcats 8-2 and went on to win the final two games and the match, 28-30, 28-30, 30-24, 30-19, 15-7.

Sophomore Alyson Coler (Monte Sereno, Calif.) had a match-high 23 kills and sophomore Erin Ludwig (Franklin Lake, N.J.) finished with 48 assists and 15 digs for the Wildcats (5-4). The Stags had six players register double figures in kills with Conny Paul leading the way with 17, while Laurie Brands finished with a match-high 16 digs.

Early in the fifth and final game the Stags (4-4) held a slight lead over the Wildcats, 6-5. From there, Fairfield went on a 9-2 run to end the match.

Junior co-captain Lauren Knight (Centerville, Mass.) notched a double-double with 12 kills and 12 digs. Fairfield had four players produce double-doubles, including Paul with 17 kills and 10 digs, Joanne Saunders with 14 kills and 14 digs, Carola Stowe with 16 kills and 15 digs and Brands with 13 kills and 16 digs.

The Wildcats return to action at Lundholm this evening against Harvard (7 p.m.).

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