DURHAM, N.H. - Lauren Knight (Cape Cod, Mass.), Amy Dai (Calgary, Alberta) and Alyson Coler (Monte Sereno, Calif.) all recorded double figures in kills with 13, 12 and 10, respectively, to lead the University of New Hampshire women's volleyball team to Saturday afternoon's 3-0 America East victory against Binghamton University at Lundholm Gymnasium. The game scores were 30-23, 30-11 and 30-19.
UNH won its fifth consecutive match and has won 10 of 11 to improve to 15-10 overall, 5-1 in America East. Binghamton is now 7-15, 2-4.
The Wildcats finished with notable advantages in both hitting percentage and service aces. The 'Cats compiled 47 kills for a .232 hitting percentage while the Bearcats finished with more hitting errors (23) than kills (22) for a -.008 hitting percentage. New Hampshire registered 14 service aces - led by five from Jen Williams (Mountain View, Calif.) - in three games in comparison to Binghamton's two.
In Game 1, the visitors built an early 7-3 advantage. UNH won seven of the next eight points, however, to take a 10-8 lead. The Bearcats never tied the game thereafter, but remained close and trailed by just three points, 24-21, on a kill by Michelle Heck (team-high seven kills). Kills by Natasha Otte (Plymouth, N.H.), Dai and Erin Ludwig (Franklin Lakes, N.J.) extended the Wildcat advantage to 27-22, then kills from Knight, Dai and a Williams service ace ended the game.
Binghamton did not allow New Hampshire to build a quick lead in Game 2 and held an early 4-3 advantage. UNH won six consecutive points to take control and never led by fewer than four points the remainder of the game.
The Bearcats once again led 4-3 in Game 3, but the Wildcats took the lead for good, 6-5, on a Knight kill and reestablished control of the match by then winning 9 of the next 12 points to extend the lead to 15-8.
Anne Davis (Groveland, Ill.) orchestrated UNH's attack with 35 assists while Sasha Scott (North Branford, Conn.) and Coler finished with a match-high 14 digs.
For Binghamton, Nicole Savin and Jennifer Smith tied with 11 digs and Amanda Breitfield was credited with 11 assists. New Hampshire returns to action Oct. 29 vs. Northeastern. Match time at Lundholm Gymnasium is 7 p.m. UNH and Northeastern are currently tied for first place in the America East standings.