ALBANY, N.Y. - The University of Albany volleyball team showed why it is the conference leader, making few mistakes while taking advantage of miscues from the University of New Hampshire on the way to a sweep (30-19, 30-23, 30-27) Friday night at University Gymnasium.
Senior Erin Walker (Fulton, N.Y.) was the lone bright spot for the Wildcats, earning a double-double with 17 kills and ten digs, both team highs. Emmy Blouin (St. Albert, Alberta) notched nine kills in the match while Caitlin Dowd (Portsmouth, N.H.) added eight kills to the cause.
Each of the starters for the Great Danes earned at least five kills, led by Ashley Crenshaw with 11 kills and a .500 hitting percentage. As a team, Albany (24-3, 9-1 America East) hit above .300 in every game, finishing with a .325 hitting percentage, plus the hosts notched six service aces and eight team blocks.
Meanwhile, the Wildcats struggled in the first game, making as many errors as kills. UNH improved in the hitting columns as the match went along, but the team's inability to challenge the Albany reception strategy (no service aces, seven service errors) proved costly against the America East leaders.
New Hampshire (6-19, 3-7 America East) heads to Connecticut for a match against the Hartford Hawks Saturday, November 5, at 1 p.m. The Wildcats swept the Hawks at Lundholm Gym on October 16.