UNH volleyball falls to #3 Stanford, 3-0

UNH attendance record of 2,415 established

Emmy Blouin

DURHAM, N.H. - The third-ranked Stanford University women's volleyball team swept host University of New Hampshire by the scores of 30-13, 30-12, 30-18 before a UNH-record crowd of 2,415 on the fifth annual "Pack the Arena Night" at Lundholm Gymnasium on Tuesday night.

Stanford (5-1 overall) won the opening point of the first game and never trailed the entire match. The Cardinal opened with an impressive .500 hitting percentage in Game 1 and hit at a .432 clip for the match. UNH (0-7) began with eight kills and six attack errors for a .065 hitting percentage in the first game and recorded a match-high .094 hitting percentage in Game 3. The Wildcats finished at .011 for the night.

Sophomore outside hitter Emmy Blouin (St. Albert, Alberta) led the Wildcats with eight kills as she led the team in that statistic in both Game 1 (four) and Game 3 (three). Senior captain Erin Walker (Fulton, N.Y.) was second to Blouin with five kills and also had a team-high three blocks.

Trailing 18-5 in the third game, the Wildcats rallied to within 18-9 with Lucia Bridova (Bratislava, Slovakia) setting the offense. UNH closed within eight points at 22-14 did so again at 24-16, but the Cardinal won six of the next eight points to close out the match.

Bridova recorded all seven of her assists in Game 3. Sarah Rehn (Oceanside, Calif.) was the primary setter in the first two games and was credited with 10 assists. Callie Webster (Mercer Island, Wash.) led UNH's defensive effort with seven digs and Blouin followed with six.

Stanford was led offensively by Cynthia Barboza (13 kills) and Kristin Richards (12), who also finished with a match-high 14 digs. Bryn Kehoe quarterbacked the Cardinal attack and amassed 36 assists.

UNH's previous attendance record of 1,949 was established on the original "Pack the Arena Night," which was Oct. 22, 2000 vs.then-conference rival Hofstra University.

New Hampshire returns to action this weekend at the University of Connecticut. On Sept. 9, the Wildcats play both Brown (10 a.m.) and UConn (7 p.m.). The 'Cats conclude the tourney Sept. 10 vs. Seton Hall at 12 p.m. The next UNH home match will be for its Ocean National Bank Tournament from Sept. 16-17.

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