Natasha Otte

WEST HARTFORD, CT (Nov. 6) - The University of Hartford volleyball team overcame a 2-0 deficit but fell 3-2 in five games to New Hampshire at Reich Family Pavilion on Saturday afternoon.

The Wildcats went ahead 2-0 after 30-18 and 30-25 wins in the first two games before the Hawks mounted a comeback. Hartford picked up a 30-21 win in game three and a 30-27 victory in game four to tie the match 2-2. However, New Hampshire rallied for a commanding 15-6 win in the fifth and deciding game. The Wildcats improved to 8-19 overall and 4-8 in America East while the Hawks slipped to 5-25 and 0-12.

Natasha Otte (15 kills) and Erin Walker (14 kills) led the offensive attack for UNH. Toni Barnas, Emmy Blouin and Katie Steffens also chipped in with 10 kills apiece for the Wildcats. Katie Weidner handed out a match-high 51 assists while teammate Jen Williams recorded a match-high 16 digs.

Freshman Jennifer Monroy and juniors Brianne Paulson and Mary Frances Feldman each tallied double-doubles to lead Hartford. Monroy finished with a match-high 17 kills and 13 digs while Paulson added 33 assists and 10 digs. Feldman rounded out the attack with 11 kills and 11 digs. Junior Catherine Mahon recorded a team-high 15 digs.

Hartford returns to conference action on Friday, November 12 when the Hawks travel to Stony Brook for a 6 p.m. contest.

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