STONY BROOK, N.Y. - The University of New Hampshire volleyball team fought back from a two-game deficit and converted on 11 of 18 kill attempts in the fifth game to defeat the Stony Brook Seawolves, 21-30, 19-30, 30-27, 31-29, 15-9, Friday night at the SBU Sports Complex.
With the score tied at 29 in the fourth game, UNH pushed through the game-winning points thanks to a kill by Caitlin Dowd (Portsmouth, N.H.) and an Emmy Blouin (St. Albert, Alberta) service ace. The Wildcats carried the momentum into the fifth game, winning eight of the first ten points and keeping the Seawolves from cutting into the eventual final margin.
Senior captain Erin Walker (Fulton, N.Y.) led the Wildcats with 16 kills, three service aces, and 16 digs in the match. Dowd earned seven kills and 12 digs, while Blouin contributed six kills, two service aces, and eight defensive digs.
Both teams were strong at the net, as the Wildcats earned 16 total blocks while the Seawolves notched 15 team blocks. Leading the way for UNH was senior Katie Steffens (Monroe, Conn.), who earned four solo blocks and seven block assists for 11 total blocks. UNH freshman setter Lucia Bridova (Bratislava, Slovakia) played a solid all-around match, finishing the night with 37 assists, six digs, and six total blocks.
Stony Brook (8-13, 2-4 America East) was led by Morgan Sweany (13 kills, 10 digs) and Melissa Votruba (12 kills, .241 hitting percentage). Setter Kate Ruskowski earned 43 assists, while Sarah Votruba contributed seven kills and ten total blocks.
New Hampshire (5-16, 2-4 America East) looks to extend its two-match winning streak on Sunday, October 23, against UMBC in Baltimore beginning at 1 p.m. The next home match for the Wildcats is Friday, October 28, against Binghamton at 7 p.m. at Lundholm Gymnasium.