ALBANY, N.Y. - Alyson Coler (Monte Sereno, Calif.) recorded a match-high 12 kills to break the school record for single-season kills as the University of New Hampshire volleyball team secured the No. 1 seed in the America East Championships with Saturday night's 3-0 conference victory against the University at Albany. The game scores were 30-26, 30-25, 30-25.
UNH won its 10th consecutive match to improve to 20-10 overall and 10-1 in the conference. The Wildcats will host the America East Championships from Nov. 23-24. The times for the Nov. 23 semifinal matches are 1 p.m. and 3:30 p.m., while the title game will be Nov. 24 at one o'clock.
Coler entered the match with 474 kills in the 2002 season and broke Beth Cole's previous single-season benchmark of 485, which was set in 1997, with her 12th and final kill of the night to increase her total to 486.
The Wildcats, who had a strong .347 team hitting percentage, had a balanced attack with Lauren Knight (Centerville, Mass.) and Amy Dai (Calgary, Alb.) both registering eight kills while Natasha Otte (Plymouth, N.H.) and Erin Ludwig (Franklin Lakes, N.J.) were both credited with seven kills. Anne Davis (Groveland, Ill.) set up the 'Cat attack with 38 assists and Jen Williams (Mountain View, Calif.) headed the defensive effort with 13 digs.
Albany, which recorded a .151 hitting percentage with three times as many hitting errors as UNH - 27-9, is now 14-13 overall and4-6 in the conference.
New Hampshire returns to action with its regular-season finale, Nov. 16 vs. Maine at Lundholm Gymnasium. Match time is 7 p.m.