PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Sophomore Pauline Acres (Manhattan Beach, Calif.) tallied a team-high nine kills, nine digs and hit at a .400 clip to lift the University of New Hampshire volleyball team to a 3-0 win over Coppin State in the first day of competition at the Providence College Friar Classic on Friday night.

The set scores were 25-13, 25-15 and 28-26. The Wildcats, which improve to 6-9 overall, will conclude play at the tournament with matches against St. Francis (N.Y.) (1 p.m.) and the host Friars (5 p.m.) on Saturday.

In addition to Acres, Taylor Dressing (Gillette, N.J.) registered seven kills, while Lindsay Fogarty (Pleasanton, Calif.) and Kirsten Bates (Calgary, Alberta) had five kills apiece. Freshman Jansan Falcusan (Plymouth, Mich.) and Kate Uitti (Pinckney, Mich.) paced the Wildcat offense with 19 and 14 kills, respectively.

In the opening set, the Wildcats hit at a match-high .423 clip and held Coppin State to just four kills as they went out to a 14-7 lead and cruised to the 12-point win. In set two, the teams went back and forth early as the set was tied at 8-8 until New Hampshire went on an 8-0 run to take a 16-8 lead. The Wildcats went on to capture the 10-point set victory. The third and final set took extra points to settle as UNH earned the 28-26 win. New Hampshire led throughout the set including holding a 24-19 lead. The Eagles would break match-point five-straight times and six times overall before the Wildcats went on to capture the set and the match.

New Hampshire concludes play at the Providence College Friar Classic on Saturday with matches against St. Francis (N.Y.) at 1 p.m. and against PC at 5 p.m. 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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