The University of New Hampshire volleyball team dropped a pair of matches to top-flight opponents during the final day at the Penn State Classic on Saturday afternoon on the campus of Penn State University. The Wildcats opened the day with a loss to top-ranked Penn State and fell to regional power Yale University in the their final match. UNH is now 3-11 overall, while PSU and Yale are 11-0 and 4-2, respectively.

In the first match, No. 1 Penn State was too much for the Wildcats, winning in straight sets. The set scores were 25-10, 25-14 and 25-14. In the opening set, the Nittany Lions opened up a 10-4 lead, extended that lead to 21-9 and went on to capture the 15-point win. In the second set, UNH hung with Penn State early going point for point. With the game tied 7-7, the Nittany Lions went on 10-4 run to make it 17-11 and went on to earn the 11-point win. In the final set, the Wildcats scored a match-best 15 points, but come not overcome Penn State. PSU hit at a remarkable .513 clip with just seven attack errors in the match led by Nicole Fawcett who had 15 kills and hit at a .737 clip. Kirsten Bates (Calgary, Alberta) led the Wildcat attack with eight kills, while Kate Uitti (Pinckney, Mich.) had a team-high 13 assists.

In the second match of the day, Yale won in three sets. The sets scores were 25-19, 25-18 and 25-17. The Bulldogs hit at a .340 clip and had double-figure kills in all three sets, UNH also had double-figure kill numbers in all sets. The first set was extremely close throughout as the teams traded points for much of the set. Yale was holding a slim 17-16 lead before it closed out the Set on an 8-3 run. In set two, the Bulldogs jumped out to an 11-6 lead and extended that lead to 20-13. UNH would cut it to 22-17, but could get no closer. In the final set, Yale slowly built a small cushion and held that lead throughout and won the final set by the largest margin of the match at 25-17. Several players contributed to a well-balanced Wildcat offense. Lauren Laquerre (Concord, N.H.) had a team-high eight kills, Lindsay Fogarty (Pleasanton, Calif.) and Pauline Acres (Manhattan Beach, Calif.) each had seven kills, while Bates add six digs. Alyse Lahti (Pepper Pike, Ohio) led the way defensively for UNH with 12 digs, while Sara Heldman (Greenwood, Ind.) had a team-high 21 assists.

UNH returns to action on Tuesday, Sept. 23 against Northeastern. Match time is 7 p.m. at Lundholm Gymnasium. 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.

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