DURHAM, N.H. – Emmy Blouin (St. Albert, Alberta) led three Wildcats who recorded double digits in kills with 13, but the University of New Hampshire volleyball team lost a hard-fought America East match to Stony Brook, 3-1, Sunday afternoon at Lundholm Gym. The game scores were 30-28, 19-30, 30-24 and 30-24.
UNH, which entered the match with three consecutive victories and five straight wins at home, is now 8-14 overall and 3-4 in America East. Stony Brook is now 12-12, 5-2.
In addition to Blouin, who also had six digs and two blocks, both Sarah Rehn (Oceanside, Calif.) and Jessica Compton (Woodridge, Ill.) finished in double digits in kills with 11 apiece. Rehn also had 12 digs and one block, and Compton added three blocks. Kate Uitti (Pickney, Mich.) quarterbacked the attack with 42 assists and also finished with a team-high 13 digs.
Stony Brook’s offense was led by the trio of Gulce Dikecligil (24 kills), Morgan Sweany (17) and Noelle Bay (16). Kaitlyn Deutsch ran the offense and compiled 56 assists. Claire Lidner anchored the defensive effort with a match-high 14 digs and she was followed closely in that statistic by Sweany (13 digs) and Dikecligil (12). Amy Oleksiej and Megan Roehl made contributions to the defensive effort with five blocks each.
In Game 1, the Seawolves jumped out to a 15-9 lead, but UNH won seven of the next 10 points to close within 18-16. After the teams traded points, a small spurt by the visitors extended their lead to 24-20. Behind Uitti’s service, the ‘Cats rallied to tie the game and force SBU to call time out. The Seawolves won the next two points, only to have UNH rally to tie the score 26-26 and eventually take the lead, 28-27. SBU won the next three points, however, to take a 1-0 lead in the match.
With Rehn serving at the outset of Game 2, New Hampshire won the initial four points and quickly built a 14-3 lead on seven consecutive Blouin serves. The margin was never smaller than eight points the rest of the game as UNH leveled the match on the strength of a .472 hitting percentage for the game.
In Game 3, three consecutive kills by SBU’s Bay gave the Seawolves an early 7-3 advantage. The visitors built a 15-8 lead and maintained a cushion between five and seven points the rest of the way to take a 2-1 lead.
In Game 4, the teams exchanged points until a small spurt by Stony Brook gave the visitors an 11-8 lead. The cushion was extended to five points at 17-12, then grew to eight points at 23-15. With UNH then trailing 24-17, an SBU service error followed by a pair of Jeanne Czipri (Aurora, Ill.) kills – sandwiched around Rehn’s service ace – pulled the ‘Cats within 24-21. UNH would not get closer the rest of the way, however.
New Hampshire returns to action Oct. 28 (7 p.m.) at the University at Albany. The next Wildcats’ home match is Nov. 5 against Maine. Game time at Lundholm Gym is 1 p.m.