UNH VOLLEYBALL DOWNS CONNECTICUT

DURHAM, N.H.-- The University of New Hampshire women's volleyball team defeated the University of Connecticut, 3-1, on Friday night at Lundholm Gymnasium in the second match of the Wildcat Classic. The game scores were 22-30, 30-27, 30-23 and 30-28.

After losing the first game, UNH battled back with a strong third game hitting a .342 clip and tallying 18 kills. The 'Cats also had a game-high 22 kills in the second game with a .214 hitting percentage. In that game with the score tied a 26, junior middle hitter Natasha Otte (Plymouth, N.H.) recorded three kills to guide the 'Cats to a win. UNH won the last seven points in the fourth game to clinch the win, behind the serve of sophomore middle hitter Karen Harrington (Windham, N.H.).

With the win, UNH improves its record to 2-2 on the year, while the Huskies drop to 1-3 on the season.

The 'Cats were led by sophomore middle hitter Erin Walker (Fulton, N.Y.), who turned in a career performance with a match-high 23 kills and 24.5 points. Walker also chipped in with nine digs, while senior outside hitter Alyson Coler (Monte Sereno, Calif) registered 16 kills and a team-high 17 digs.

Otte also turned in a solid performance with 12 kills and 14 digs. Freshman setter Katie Weidner (Warrenville, Ill.) spent the majority of the night quarterbacking the 'Cats offense notching a career-high and game-high 48 assists.

Sophomore middle hitter Megan Crawley led the Huskies with 21.5 points and19 kills, while senior setter Julie Erbez posted 43 assists. Senior libero Xaimara Cross finished the match with a game-high 25 digs.

In the first match of the Wildcat Classic, Ball State University defeated Fairfield University, 3-0.

The Wildcat volleyball team returns to action on the second day of the Wildcat Classic with a 12:30 p.m. match vs. Fairfield and face off against Ball State at 7 p.m. in the final match of the tournament.

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