September 23, 2009

FOGARTY'S MATCH-HIGH 14 KILLS LEADS VOLLEYBALL PAST NORTHEASTERN, 3-1

KIRSTEN BATES

BOSTON - Lindsay Fogarty (Pleasanton, Calif.) recorded a match-high 14 kills on a .462 hitting percentage to lead the University of New Hampshire volleyball team to Tuesday night's 3-1 victory against Northeastern University at Solomon Court. The set scores for the match were 19-25, 25-20, 25-16 and 25-14.

UNH, which wrested control of the match with its strong hitting percentage, is now 5-9 overall. The Wildcats closed the match with a .462 hitting percentage in the last set and finished at .302 overall. NU, which opened with a .333 hitting percentage in the first set but was .153 for the match, fell to 7-6.

Kirsten Bates (Calgary, Alberta), who made her season debut just one week ago, tallied 12 kills on a .321 hitting percentage. She also had a match-high 16 digs. Kate Uitti (Pinckney, Mich.) quarterbacked the attack with 33 assists and she was also credited with eight digs. Justine Elliott (Mitchellville, Md.) recorded eight kills - and did not have a hitting error in 18 attacks for a .444 hitting percentage. Lauren Laquerre (Concord, N.H.) had a team-high four blocks and contributed offensively with seven kills, while Sara Heldman (Greenwood, Ind.) finished with 14 digs.

The Huskies built an early lead in the opening set and methodically pulled away. They led 4-3 and won four consecutive points to extend the advantage to 8-3. UNH never pulled closer than four points the remainder of the set, as the ‘Cats pulled within 10-6 before NU reeled off four more consecutive points to take a commanding lead en route to capturing the set.

In the second set, the early score once again stood at 4-3 in favor of the home team, but this time the ‘Cats won four straight points to go in front, 7-4. UNH held a five-point advantage of 14-9 before the Huskies rallied within one point, 16-15. A kill by Bates prevented NU from pulling even, however. The teams exchanged points to 18-17 in favor of the Wildcats, who then won four consecutive points behind the service of Starsha Tunstall (East Providence, R.I.) to pull ahead 22-17. Moments later, Fogarty tallied her sixth kill of the second set to level the match, 1-1.

In Set 3, UNH broke a 5-5 tie on a kill by Laquerre and inched further ahead on a Jayde Huxtable (St. Charles, Ill.) service ace. The Huskies won the next point to pull within 7-6, but the ‘Cats went on a 5-0 run - once again on Tunstall's serve - to establish a 12-6 advantage. After the home team stopped that run, back-to-back kills by Elliott and Bates advanced the score to 14-7 and prompted a NU timeout. Northeastern won two of the next three points but never got closer than six points the rest of the set. At set point, Elliott's kill gave UNH a 2-1 lead in the match.

New Hampshire won the initial two points of the fourth set and, moments later, consecutive Bates' kills helped the Wildcats build a 6-2 lead. UNH held that four-point margin at 9-5 and, with back-to-back kills from Laquerre and Fogarty, won three straight points to go ahead 12-5. The Huskies trimmed the deficit to 12-7, but three Bates' kills and a Tunstall service ace gave the ‘Cats a 16-7 advantage. UNH won five of the next seven points to pull away, 21-9, en route to closing out the match.

New Hampshire returns to action Sept. 25-26 at the Providence College Tournament. The ‘Cats open the tourney Sept. 25 (6 p.m.) against Coppin State. UNH's next home match is the America East opener vs. Binghamton University on Oct. 2; start time at Lundholm Gymnasium is 7 p.m. and tickets are available at the Whittemore Center Box Office, online at www.unhwildcats.com or by calling Ticketmaster at 1-800-745-3000.

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