DURHAM, N.H. – Hillary White recorded a match-high 12 kills and a .231 hitting percentage to pace the University at Albany women’s volleyball team to Friday night’s 3-0 victory against the University of New Hampshire in America East action at Lundholm Gymnasium. The set scores were 25-18, 25-14, 25-21.
UNH, which had not lost in three league home matches this season, is now 6-18 overall and 3-5 in America East. Albany remains undefeated in league play at 8-0 and is 16-8 overall.
The Wildcats were led offensively by Lindsay Fogarty (Pleasanton, Calif.) and Pauline Acres (Manhattan Beach, Calif.) with seven and six kills, respectively; Acres was also credited with two blocks. Kate Uitti (Pinckney, Mich.) was spelled briefly by Sara Heldman (Greenwood, Ind.) in the third set and tallied 19 assists as the primary setter; she was also credited with 12 digs. Alyse Lahti (Pepper Pike, Ohio) recorded a match-high 15 digs.
Albany progressed each set with its attack efficiency, as the Great Danes hit at a .119 clip in Set 1 followed by .200 in the second set and .220 in the final frame. Valerie Sourbeer (nine kills; .400 hitting percentage) and Amanda Cowdrey (eight kills) gave UA a balanced attack behind White. Cowdrey also contributed 11 digs and three blocks. Brooke Stanley amassed 31 assists, five fills and six digs while Laurie Gonzalez finished with a team-high 12 digs.
In Set 1, UNH trailed 7-5 when an Acres kill trimmed the deficit to one point and then the ‘Cats won five consecutive points on Acres’ serve to take an 11-7 advantage. Lauren Laquerre (Concord, N.H.) tallied two kills during that spurt.
New Hampshire inched ahead to 13-8 but then the visitors reeled off 11 straight points – 10 on Stanley’s service – to build a 19-13 lead. White recorded two kills and a block to spark the Great Danes’ run.
Three consecutive UA errors lifted the Wildcats within 19-16, but kills by Cowdrey and Kaylyn Mostert quelled the rally and gave Albany a five-point lead. UNH never got closer than that the rest of the set.
The Great Danes established an early 7-3 lead in Set 2 before Acres and Fogarty kills pulled the ‘Cats within 7-5. A 4-1 spurt by the visitors pushed the cushion to 11-6 and UA held a 15-9 lead when UNH called time out.
New Hampshire responded by winning three straight points, but Albany answered with a five-point run to take a 20-12 lead. UA won the last four points of the set for the convincing 25-14 score and a 2-0 advantage in the match.
A combination of Great Danes’ errors and a block by Acres gave UNH an early 4-2 lead in the third set. The ‘Cats maintained a slim lead until Albany pulled even at 9. Then with the score tied 10-10, a kill by Kirsten Bates (Calgary, Alberta) and another Acres block helped UNH get a 13-10 lead.
After UA pulled within 14-13, a flurry of three Fogarty blocks helped give New Hampshire an 18-14 advantage. Albany responded with a 6-0 run, which included a pair of Stanley kills, to go ahead 20-18. The ‘Cats pulled even at 20, but the Great Danes won the next three points to inch closer to the victory. UNH fended off one match point with an Amy Keding (Northbrook, Ill.) kill, but White ended the match on the last of her 12 kills.
New Hampshire returns to action Nov. 2 at home against UMBC. Match time at Lundholm Gymnasium is 1 p.m.