DURHAM, N.H. - The University of New Hampshire women's volleyball team will take on Northeastern University on Friday, Nov. 14 at Lundholm Gymnasium (7 p.m.).
The Wildcats (19-11) and Huskies (23-8) are currently tied atop the America East standings with 10-2 records in conference play and will battle for the No. 1 seed and the right to host the 2003 America East Volleyball Championships on Nov. 21-23.
Albany (23-8, 8-4 AE), New Hampshire, Northeastern and Stony Brook (17-12, 8-4 AE) have all qualified as the four teams to compete in the 2003 America East Championship. All four playoff teams can finish second or third, while either Albany or Stony Brook will be the fourth seed. The winner of the America East Championship receives an automatic bid to the NCAA Championship.
The Wildcats are led by senior outside hitter Alyson Coler (Monte Sereno, Calif.) who needs 32 digs to break the UNH's career dig mark currently held by former Wildcat Jillian Ross (1,207 digs).
Coler, the 2002 America East Player of the Year, has recorded 475 kills and 331 digs in her senior season. Senior co-captain Sasha Scott (North Branford, Conn.) is 26 digs behind Coler in the race for the school's all-time dig record. Scott has amassed 428 digs in her senior year and she needs only 65 digs to break the single-season mark, which she shattered in 2002.
The Granite State duo of junior middle hitter Natasha Otte (Plymouth) and sophomore Karen Harrington (Windham) have also been key components in the success of this year's team. Otte ranks third on the Wildcats with 274 kills and 87 blocks, while Harrington has posted 175 kills and 91 total blocks.
The Wildcats own a 20-11 all-time record against Northeastern and the Huskies won the previous meeting this season on Saturday, October 11 in Boston, Mass., 3-2. Four of the last six meetings between the two teams have gone to five games.