WEST HARTFORD, Conn. - Senior Lindsay Fogarty (Pleasanton, Calif.) recorded 17 kills as the University of New Hampshire volleyball team downed the University of Hartford in straight sets, 3-0, Friday night at the Hartford Volleyball Arena. The set scores were 25-14, 25-22 and 34-32.
After sweeping Hartford for the second time this season, the Wildcats improve to 11-14 overall and 3-5 in America East play. The Hawks fall to 7-18 on the season and 0-7 in the conference.
Fogarty hit at a .343 clip and added six digs, while classmates Kate Uitti (Pickney, Mich.) and Kirsten Bates (Calgary, Alberta), as well as junior Sara Heldman (Greenwood, Ind.), all chipped in for the Wildcats. Uitti racked up 31 assists, Bates tallied five kills and 12 digs and Heldman posted 14 digs.
Both teams stayed close in the first set until the Wildcats took a 15-10 lead. The ‘Cats then grabbed three of the next four points to go on top 18-11. After Hartford got one back, UNH went on a 7-2 run, capped by a Bates kill, to close out the set. The Wildcats tallied 13 kills and hit at a .257 clip in the set.
The second set played out even closer, with the two teams tied as late as 21-21. The Wildcats rattled off three straight points, however, and after the Hawks cut it to two, Fogarty slammed the door with a kill that closed out the set. The ‘Cats recorded 14 kills and hit at a .233 clip in the set.
The third set was the closest of all, yet Hartford led 20-17 as it looked to avoid the sweep. The Wildcats scored three of the next four points, however, to knot the set at 21. Hartford would continue to go on top by one before UNH would tie the set back up, until the Wildcats broke the cycle and seized a 26-25 edge. Two straight points for Hartford would give it back control of the set, however, as the back-and-forth would continue with the Hawks up 32-31. The Wildcats, who posted 19 kills in the set, would not quit and it eventually paid off as three straight Hartford attack errors earned the ‘Cats the set and the match.
Redshirt freshman Starsha Tunstall (East Providence, R.I.) and junior Justine Elliott (Mitchellville, Md.) tallied seven and six kills, respectively, while freshman Jansan Falcusan (Plymouth, Mich.) added nine assists.
UNH wraps up its regular season with a pair of home contests at Lundholm Gymnasium, Saturday, Nov. 14 versus Stony Brook and Sunday, Nov. 15 against UMBC. Both matches start at 1 p.m.