New Hampshire Volleyball Edged by Northeastern in Conference Semifinals

No. 2 Northeastern edged No. 3 New Hampshire 3-1 (30-19, 36-38, 30-23, 30-24) in the second semifinal match of the America East Volleyball Championship at the Towson Center Saturday evening. Northeastern moves on to face No. 4 Maine in the championship match tomorrow afternoon.

Northeastern was led by Lindsay Wagner with 20 kills and 12 assists. Kristin Deatherage added 16 kills while America East setter of the Year Kristin Ursillo collected 56 assists and 13 digs. Also picking up a double-double with 13 kills and 14 digs was Gianina Pellegrini with a .357 hitting percentage.

New Hampshire was led by Alyson Coler with 18 kills and 12 digs and Lauren Knight with 13 kills.

In the first semifinal, No. 4 Maine upset No. 1 Towson 3-1 (30-23, 18-30, 32-30, 30-25). This was the first time that the No. 1 seed has not advanced to the championship match since implementing a four-team single-elimination conference championship in 1997, and Maine’s first appearance in the America East championship in just the third year of the program.

The Black Bears were led by America East Player of the Year Leah Voss with 27 kills and 12 assists. Her 27 kills set a new America East Championship record, besting the previous mark of 26 set in 1994 by Stephanie Szorc of Hartford. Carmen Gabriel added 16 kills and 13 digs while Cheryl Elliott had 48 assists and 10 digs.

The championship match will be played tomorrow at 1 p.m. at the Towson Center.

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