ORONO, MAINE (10/18/02) - The University of Maine women's volleyball team (6-16, 0-3 America East) lost a tough, America East conference battle, 3-1 (30-26, 30-23, 26-30, 30-25) to New Hampshire (10-13, 3-1 America East) on Friday, Oct. 18, in Orono, Maine. "The Pit" in Memorial Gym was deafening as the Black Bears recorded 578 in attendance, one of the biggest crowds in the program's history. New Hampshire was 10th in the Northeast Regional Poll entering the match.
In game one, there were 11 ties and six lead changes before New Hampshire pulled away for the 30-26 win. The Wildcats came out stronger in game two when they jumped to a 7-0 lead. The Black Bears came back slowly, but were only able to get as close at 20-15 before the Wildcats cruised to the 30-23 win. The third game was a tough battle from the beginning as the score was tied almost all the way until 10-10 when New Hampshire gained a 16-12 lead. UMaine came back to tie the score again at 22-22 and scored three straight points to take a 25-23 lead. The Black Bears were able to stop New Hampshire and hold on for the 30-26 win. In game four, New Hampshire was at a 5-1 lead and the Black Bears were unable to fully recover. UMaine came as close as 20-16 and made a late rally while down 28-23, but New Hampshire won game four with a score of 30-25. UMaine had one of its best hitting performances of the season with 65 kills on 158 attacks for a .234 hitting percentage. The Black Bears hit at a .324 and .351 clip in games two and three respectively. Northeastern also had a solid game, hitting .289 with 61 kills on 152 attacks.
Junior Claire Poliquin (North Vancouver, British Columbia) had 14 kills on 30 attacks and three errors for a .367 hitting percentage, while freshman Kaili Jordan (Raymore, Saskatchewan) also had 14 kills on 30 attacks with seven errors for a .233 hitting percentage. Freshman Leah Guidinger (Prince Albert, Saskatchewan) had 13 kills and 11 digs, while sophomore Lori Maloney (Dundas, Ontario) had 10 kills and 11 digs. Sophomore setter Carmen Gabriel (Watson, Saskatchewan) was one dig shy of a triple double, registering 43 set assists, 10 kills and nine digs. Junior Alaina Kelparek (Hampton, N.H.) had four service aces for the Black Bears, along with eight digs and four kills.
New Hampshire was paced by Alyson Coler who had 22 kills at a .396 clip.
UMaine will host Northeastern at 12:30 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 20 in Memorial Gym. The Black Bears will then be on the road, traveling to Hartford on Friday, Oct. 25, and Stony Brook on Saturday, Oct. 26.