VESTAL, N.Y. – Senior Emmy Blouin (St. Albert, Alberta) recorded a match-high 21 kills, but it was not enough as the University of New Hampshire volleyball team saw its five-game winning streak snapped in a 3-2 loss at Binghamton in its America East opener. The game scores were 30-22, 26-30, 27-30, 30-24 and 13-15. The Wildcats fall to 11-5 overall, 0-1 in America East play. Binghamton improves to 8-12 overall, 1-0 in AE.
It was all Wildcats early as UNH took Game 1 by hitting at a .238 clip with 17 kills. Binghamton rallied and won Games 2 and 3, which were both see-saw affairs. UNH won Game 4 by six points and forced a deciding fifth game. After UNH held a 13-12 lead late in the game, the Bearcats scored the final three points in the game to take the match.
In addition to Blouin, senior Toni Barnas (Cary, Ill.) notched 19 kills, while Jessica Compton (Woodridge, Ill.) had 13 kills. Sophomore Kate Uitti (Pinckney, Mich.) continues to set the stage for the Wildcats as she had a match-best 62 assists.
The Wildcats drop the match despite out hitting Binghamton .223 to .130. UNH’s top hitting percentage was a .324 mark in Game 4.
UNH posted 17 kills in Game 1, 16 in Game 2, 15 in Game 3 and 4 and eight in the final game. The 71 kills mark the second highest kill total during the 2007 campaign.
The Wildcats continue its America East road trip at UMBC on Sunday, 1 p.m. UNH’s next home game is on Monday, October 8 against America East foe Maine. Match time is 7 p.m. at Lundholm Gymnasium. Tickets are available online at www.unhwildcats.com. This match will be streamed online at unhwildcats.tv. Wildcat fans can purchase events on a per game basis for $6.95 or they can purchase the annual subscription for $79.95.