DURHAM, N.H. - Led by 15 kills and a .591 hitting percentage by Alyson Coler (Monte Sereno, Calif.), the University of New Hampshire women's volleyball team rolled past the College of the Holy Cross in straight games (30-25, 30-12, 30-19) Tuesday night at Lundholm Gymnasium.
In Game 1, Holy Cross (0-1) fell behind 5-1 before rallying to take a 6-5 lead. That was the only advantage the visiting Crusaders held in the opening game, however, as UNH (1-3) rallied to build a 14-8 cushion. The Wildcats extended the lead to double digits, 23-13. HC closed within 28-24 but could not complete the comeback.
In Game 2, UNH utilized an astounding .526 team hitting percentage - the 'Cats were an impressive .364 overall - to overwhelm Holy Cross, which had a .000 hitting percentage in the second game and .106 overall. Jen Williams (Mountain View, Calif.) ignited the 'Cat attack in the second game. With the game tied, 4-4, Williams recorded four of her five service aces in the game to give New Hampshire an 11-4 lead. Williams finished the match with seven of the team's 16 service aces and also had a team-high seven digs.
Coler and Lauren Knight (Centerville, Mass.), who was second to Coler on the evening with nine kills, both recorded four kills in Game 2 to keep momentum in UNH's favor.
In Game 3, the Wildcats took a 4-0 lead behind the serve of Anne Davis (Groveland, Ill.). Davis recorded 13 assists as the choreographer of UNH's offense in the last game. Erin Ludwig (Franklin Lakes, N.J.) was the setter in the first two games and compiled 23 assists.
Holy Cross was led offensively by Caitlin Agostinacchio and Cheryl Jakielo, both of whom registered seven kills. Michelle Leahy was credited with 19 assists. Nicole Smith, the libero, had a match-high 12 digs.
Coler and Natasha Otte (Plymouth, N.H.) led UNH with three blocks and four other Wildcats recorded two blocks in a strong defensive effort.
New Hampshire returns to action Sept. 6 vs. 16ht-ranked Penn State at the Fairfield University tournament. The next Wildcat home match is Sept. 20, when they will host a tournament with North Carolina State, Kent State and Montana State. The tourney begins at 4:30 p.m. and UNH plays Montana State at 7.