VOLLEYBALL CAPTURES HOME OPENER WITH 3-0 WIN OVER BRYANT
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DURHAM, N.H. – Junior Kirsten Bates (Calgary, Alberta) and freshman Christie Dorch (Friendswood, Texas) each recorded eight kills to lift the University of New Hampshire volleyball team to a decisive, 3-0, win over Bryant University in the home opener Tuesday night at Lundholm Gymnasium. The match scores were 25-17, 25-16 and 25-11.  With the win UNH improves to 1-6, while the Bulldogs are now 5-2. The Wildcats return to action Friday night as they play host to the Holly Young Invitational at Lundholm Gymnasium.

Bates had just one attacking error for a .438 attacking percentage and added 10 digs and two blocks. Dorch hit at a .500 percentage and added one block. In addition to Bates and Dorch, Lindsay Fogarty (Pleasanton, Calif.) and Justine Elliott (Mitchelleville, Md.) tallied five blocks each, setter Kate Uitti (Pinckney, Mich.) had a match-high 27 assists, while Alyse Lahti (Pepper Pike, Ohio) added 12 digs.

In set one the teams were tied 4-4 until the Wildcats went on a 16-8 run to stretch the lead to 20-12 and went on to earn the eight-point victory. UNH had a match-best 14 kills and hit at a .452 clip. In the second set, Bryant went out to an early 7-4 lead before the Wildcats answered by scoring 15 of the next 18 points to build a comfortable 19-10 lead, and held that nine-point advantage in the end. In the final set, UNH charged out to a 13-5 lead and never looked back, capturing the set by a double-digit margin. In the final set, the Wildcats took advantage of 12 Bulldog attacking errors.

Friday night, action begins in the newly named Holly Young Invitational with Evansville and Seton Hall at 4:30 p.m. The tournament, which is a long-standing tradition at UNH, was renamed this off-season to honor the memory of Holly Young. In January, Young, a former member of the volleyball program, lost her battle with Ewing’s Sarcoma, a rare form of bone cancer. The Wildcats will play Rhode Island at 7 p.m. Friday night, Evansville at 12:30 p.m. Saturday and will conclude their part of the tournament with Seton Hall at 7 p.m. in the second annual “Dig for the Cure” event.

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