New Hampshire volleyball triumphs over Northeastern, 3-2

DURHAM, N.H. ----- The University of New Hampshire volleyball team knocked off the top team in America East on Saturday at Lundholm Gymnasium, taking a marathon match in five games, 3-2.

In the deciding fifth game, the Wildcats ran off to an early 6-1 lead, only to see the Huskies recover to tie things up at nine all. An assisted block on the next play by junior Lauren Knight (Centerville, Mass.) and sophomore Alyson Coler (Monte Sereno, Calif.) returned the momentum to UNH’s favor, however

Fittingly, Coler’s kill ended the match, 15-7, on an assist from freshman Kerin Mackanin (Bartlett, Ill.)

A season-high one thousand one hundred fifty-two fans turned out to watch the Wildcats beat the Huskies in "Pack the Arena Day". Coler led the way for the ‘Cats with 22 kills and nine digs. Also playing well for UNH was Mackanin from the setter position with 56 assists and eight digs.

The Wildcats improve to 17-8 overall and 10-3 in America East, while the Huskies (21-9, 11-2 AE) drop just their second conference match of the season.

Kristin Deatherage picked up a team-high 19 kills for Northeastern and Kelly Cognac had 18 digs.

Freshman Bonnie Wilson (Moraga, Calif.) had a double-double for UNH with 12 kills and 15 digs. Sophomore Erin Ludwig (Franklin Lakes, N.J.) also had a double with 11 kills and 16 digs. Knight posted double-digit kills with 12. Junior Sasha Scott (N. Branford, Conn.) had three important service aces and 12 digs.

The Wildcats breezed through the first two games, 30-24 and 30-23, but ran in to trouble in the third and fourth game. The Huskies started off the third game with a 9-3 and finished off the game, 30-15.

Again in the fourth, the Huskies came out firing, taking a 7-2 advantage early in the game. However, UNH would comeback to tie it at nine apiece before eventually taking an 18-14 advantage of its own.

The Huskies tied the game at 22-all then went on a 7-4 run to get to game point, 29-26. Two kills by Coler brought the ‘Cats back to 29-28 and an ace by Mackanin tied things up. From there, the ‘Cats fought off two game points but couldn’t fend off the third, 32-30.

New Hampshire concludes the regular season at home against the University at Albany. The match begins at 1 p.m. at Lundholm Gym .

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