DURHAM, N.H.-The University of New Hampshire women's volleyball team lost to Ball State, 3-2 in the final game of the Wildcat Classic on Saturday night at Lundholm Gymnasium. The game scores were 32-30, 29-31, 24-30, 30-19, 15-8.
The Ball State Cardinals placed first in the Wildcat Classic with a perfect 3-0 mark, while the Wildcats owned a 1-2 record in the tournament placing fourth. With the loss, UNH drops to 2-4 on the season and the Cardinals improve to 3-4 early in the season.
The Wildcats were led by senior outside hitter Alyson Coler (Monte Sereno, Calif.), who was the lone Wildcat named to the All-Tournament Team. Coler tallied a match-high 24 kills and chipped in with 10 digs. Sophomore middle hitter Erin Walker (Fulton, N.Y.) recorded another solid performance with 17 kills and 10 digs. On the defensive side, senior libero Sasha Scott (North Branford, Conn.) and sophomore defensive specialist Jen Williams (Mountain View, Calif.) registered 22 digs apiece. Senior setter Anne Davis (Groveland, Ill.) finished the match with a game-high 54 assists running the 'Cats offense.
In the early match, the Wildcats were defeated by Fairfield University, 3-2. The game scores were 29-31, 33-31, 25-30, 24-30, 11-15.
Coler notched a match-high 24 kills with a .328 hitting percentage and 19 digs, while Walker's 15 kills was second best for the match. Davis and freshman setter Katie Weidner (Warrenville, Ill.) finished with 29 and 36 helpers respectively.
The University of Connecticut placed second in the Wildcat Classic, while Fairfield University placed third with both teams finishing the tournament with a 1-2 mark. Ball State outside hitter Sarah Obras was named the Most Valuable Player of the tournament. Stephanie Keller of Ball State, Xaimara Coss and Megan Crawley of Connecticut and Fairfield's Becky Guess were also named to the All-Tournament Team.
The Wildcat volleyball team returns to action on Tuesday, September 9 vs. Boston College. Game time is 7 p.m. at Lundholm Gym.