New Hampshire volleyball sweeps past Binghamton, 3-0

DURHAM, N.H. - Alyson Coler (Monte Sereno, Calif.), Erin Ludwig (Franklin Lakes, N.J.) and Natasha Otte (Plymouth, N.H.) all recorded double digits in kills to lead the University of New Hampshire women's volleyball team to Saturday night's 3-0 America East conference victory against Binghamton University at Lundholm Gymnasium. The game scores were 30-26, 30-19 and 30-27.

Coler finished with a match-high 14 kills - Ludwig and Otte both finished with 11 - as UNH won its fourth consecutive match to improve to 15-10 overall and 6-1 in America East. Binghamton is now 12-10 overall and 3-4 in league play.

With UNH trailing 15-14 in Game 1, a solo block by Otte ignited a four-point Wildcat run to give the home team an 18-15 lead. The Bearcats pulled within one point seven times the remainder of the game but never pulled even again as UNH won four of the last five points to secure Game 1, 30-16.

New Hampshire trailed 5-4 in Game 2 before reeling off five consecutive points - two on Erin Walker (Fulton, N.Y.) service aces - to take a 9-5 lead. UNH extended its advantage to 15-7 before Binghamton rallied to within 16-12. The Wildcats won nine of the next 11 points, however, to pull away at 25-14. Otte registered three more kills to help close out the game.

Game 3 was also close early and the Bearcats held a 9-8 lead before a 9-1 UNH run gave the home team a 17-10 advantage. Binghamton later won three consecutive points to close within one, 22-21, but Coler recorded one her six kills of the third game to keep UNH in front.

The Bearcats eventually rallied to tie the score, 26-26, behind the efforts of Anne Crocus (team-high eight kills, two blocks) and Megan Hoag (six kills). With the game tied at 27 Coler had another kill and, one point later, Walker closed out the match with her eighth kill of the night.

UNH setters Anne Davis (Groveland, Ill.) and Katie Weidner (Warrenville, Ill.) split playing time evenly. Davis started the match and exited with 21 assists. Weidner compiled 23 assists.

UNH's defensive effort was led by Sasha Scott (N. Branford, Conn.), who registered a team-high 14 digs. Binghamton's Nicole Savin finished with a match-high 15 digs and Ashley Meffert was credited with 26 assists.

Both Chelsea Hammer (Eden Prairie, Minn.) and Katie Steffens (Monroe, Conn.) were limited to action in Game 3, but both made significant contributions. Hammer finished with three kills and two blocks while Steffens had four kills.

New Hampshire returns to action Oct. 28 (7 p.m.) at Maine. The next Wildcat home game is Nov. 14 against Northeastern. Match time at Lundholm Gymnasium is 7 p.m.

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