DURHAM, N.H. - In a tight two-hour match, the Binghamton Bearcats were able to make more plays in crunch time than the University of New Hampshire Wildcats, as the visitors came away with a three games to one (30-27, 24-30, 33-31, 30-25) victory Friday night in America East volleyball action at Lundholm Gymnasium.
The first three games of the match were extremely close, as there were at least ten ties in each of those games. The action was highlighted by the third game in which there were 12 ties, four lead changes, and opportunities by each team to close out the game and take the lead heading into game four.
Three Wildcats reached double figures in kills, led by senior captain Erin Walker (Fulton, N.Y.) with 19 kills. Freshman Caitlin Dowd (Portsmouth, N.H.) earned a double-double with 16 kills and ten digs, while Emmy Blouin (St. Albert, Alberta) contributed 13 kills and five blocks in the match.
Senior Katie Steffens (Monroe, Conn.) continued her solid play at the net, notching seven kills and a team-high seven total blocks. Karen Harrington (Windham, N.H.) added five kills and six blocks, while setter Lucia Bridova (Bratislava, Slovakia) earned 51 assists, 17 digs, and three blocks in the match. UNH libero Callie Webster (Mercer Island, Wash.) led all players with 23 defensive digs during the night.
For Binghamton (15-10, 7-1 America East), Katie Brody led the way with 15 kills and 13 digs, while Brianna Strong came off the bench in the second game and finished with ten kills and nine digs. Binghamton setter Ashley Meffert ran a solid offense, notching 43 assists to go along with a team-high 14 defensive digs and five total blocks.
The Bearcats earned 16 total team blocks, led by Jacki Kane with eight total blocks and Megan Hoag and Kathleen Schauer with six blocks each. Hoag, who led all Bearcats with three service aces, and Schauer also earned 10 digs, while Binghamton libero Jaclyn Strader earned 13 digs to go along with two service aces.
New Hampshire (6-17, 3-5 America East), which saw its three-match winning streak snapped, will look to get back on the winning track Sunday, October 30, at 1 p.m. against traditional rival Maine at Lundholm Gym. The match will be carried on the UNH Sports Radio Network and over the Internet through Yahoo Broadcast.