DURHAM, N.H. – Junior Kirsten Bates (Calgary, Alberta) had a match-high 15 kills and eight digs to lead the University of New Hampshire volleyball team to 3-0 win over America East foe the Stony Brook University, 3-0, on Sunday afternoon at Lundholm Gymnasium. The match scores were 25-23, 25-21 and 25-21. UNH improves to (5-16, 2-3 in America East), while the Seawolves are now 9-14, 0-5 AE.
In addition to Bates and her four blocks, freshman Pauline Acres (Manhattan Beach, Calif.), had seven kills and seven digs, while junior middle blocker Lindsay Fogarty (Pleasanton, Calif.) added eight kills, a .500 hitting percentage and four blocks. Junior captain Kate Uitti (Pinckney, Mich.) recorded a team-best 30 assists running the Wildcats offense. Defensively, junior Alyse Lahti (Pepper Pike, Ohio) had a match-high 10 digs, as the ‘Cats starting libero. Sophomore middle blocker Justine Elliott (Mitchellville, Md.) also chipped in with a match-best five total blocks.
The first set saw eight ties and no team holding a lead of more than three points. The two teams were tied 18-18, and UNH won two consecutive games to give them the advantage against the Seawolves. The Wildcats didn’t fall behind for the rest of the contest, winning the first set 25-23. In the second set UNH jumped to a 14-11 lead, winning three games in a row to build there lead to 17-11. The ‘Cats continued to have a strong performance in the second set, including a seven point lead. UNH won by a final score of 25-21.
In the final set, after being tied 10-10, the Wildcats won seven games to gain a 17-10 advantage. With the score 19-13 in favor of UNH, Stonybrook came back to win seven games in a row to make it a one point game. UNH held on for the win though, by a final score of 25-21, and the 3-0 win overall.
UNH returns to action on Friday, Oct. 24 at America East foe Maine. Match time is 5 p.m. The Wildcats return home on Sunday, Oct. 26 against Maine. Tickets are available online at www.unhwildcats.com and the match will be streamed online at unhwildcats.tv. Fans can purchase events on a per game basis for $6.95 or they can purchase the annual subscription for $79.95.