October 11, 2009

VOLLEYBALL FALLS IN FIVE SETS TO STONY BROOK, 3-2

STONY BROOK, N.Y. – Lindsay Fogarty (Pleasanton, Calif.) led three players with double-figure kills, however the University of New Hampshire volleyball team was defeated by Stony Brook University, 3-2, Sunday afternoon at Pritchard Gymnasium. The loss is the second-straight five-set loss for the Wildcats, who move to 8-13 overall, 0-4 in America East. Stony Brook is now 10-8, 2-0 AE. The set scores were 25-17, 16-25, 22-25, 25-17 and 15-13.

Fogarty registered 20 kills and hit at a .356 hitting percentage, while Taylor Dressing (Gillette, N.J.) and Kirsten Bates (Calgary, Alberta) tallied 17 and 14, respectively. Dressing hit at a .389 mark and added four blocks. Kate Uitti (Pinckney, Mich.) setup the Wildcat offense with 47 assists and added 16 digs, while Sara Heldman (Greenwood, Ind.) had a team-high 26 digs.

In the opening set the teams were tied at 3-3 before a 7-1 Stony Brook run made it 10-4. New Hampshire would cut into the lead but got no closer than four in the remainder of the set. The Seawolves hit at a .273 clip with 12 kills. In the second set, the teams battled even in the early going with the set tied at 9-9 until a 10-3 UNH run gave the Wildcats a 19-12 advantage. SBU fought back to within four at 20-16, but would get no closer in a 25-16 set win for New Hampshire. UNH hit at an impressive .382 clip with 16 kills in the set. The third set Stony Brook went out to a 7-3 lead. New Hampshire responded with four-straight to tie it at 7-7. The Seawolves slowly built a 20-14 advantage by scoring 13 of the next 20 points. However, UNH fought back with an impressive 11-2 run to come-from-behind to earn the third set. The run included three service aces by Dick. The Wildcats hit at a .355 clip with just two hitting errors in the third set. Stony Brook captured the fourth set by jumping out to a 13-6 lead and holding off a New Hampshire charged that included the Wildcats cut it to 17-15. The Seawolves had 17 kills in the set and hit at a .295 clip to force a fifth set. In the final set, the teams were knotted at 4-4 until three-straight Seawolves points made it 7-4. New Hampshire evened the scored a 9-9 only to see Stony Brook regain a 12-9 lead. SBU led it 14-11, but UNH was able to break match-point twice before eventually dropping the final set and the match, 15-13.

New Hampshire returns to action Sat. Oct. 17 against the University of Hartford; start time at Lundholm Gymnasium is 4 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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