November 15, 2009

VOLLEYBALL SWEEPS PAST UMBC AND INTO AMERICA EAST TOURNAMENT

DURHAM, N.H. – Lindsay Fogarty (Pleasanton, Calif.) registered a team-best 10 kills and hit at a .391 clip to lift the University of New Hampshire volleyball team to Sunday afternoon’s convincing 3-0 sweep of UMBC in America East action at Lundholm Gymnasium. UNH improves to 13-14 overall with a 5-5 mark in America East play, UMBC falls to 13-12, 5-5 AE.

The Wildcats, which have now won four-in-a-row and five of the last six matches, secured the second seed in the upcoming America East Championship and will play third-seeded Binghamton in a semifinal match at 3 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 20. The four-team tournament will be held at top-seeded Albany on Nov. 20-21. The other semifinal match pits top-seeded Albany against fourth-seeded UMBC. The winners will meet on Saturday for the America East Championship and the league’s automatic bid into the NCAA tournament.

Overall, New Hampshire has won 12 of the last 14 sets and qualifies for the AE Championship after a one-year hiatus.

In addition to Fogarty, Kirsten Bates (Calgary, Alberta) tallied nine kills, six digs and hit at a .368 clip. Kate Uitti (Pinckney, Mich.) dished out a match-high 31 assists, while Sara Heldman (Greenwood, Ind.) added 11 defensive digs.

In the opening set, the Retrievers went out to an early 2-1 lead which was quickly erased by six-straight UNH points making it 7-2. The Wildcats never trailed again in the set as they expanded the lead to 18-9 on an 11-7 run and went on to capture a 10-point victory. New Hampshire hit at a .577 clip with 16 kills compared to just one attacking error. UNH carried its momentum into the second set as it jumped out to an early 8-4 lead. UMBC responded with six-straight points and a large 9-2 run to make it 13-10. The Wildcats tied it at 15-15 with a rally of their own. The set was knotted at 20-20, before New Hampshire closed out the set by capturing five of the final six points, which included a pair of aces by Heldman. In the third and final set, UNH got out to a 6-1 lead and never trailed in the set. The Retrievers would narrow the margin to 11-9, but an 8-3 run secured the Wildcats lead as they went on for an eight-point set victory.

Second-seeded UNH returns to action on Friday, Nov. 20 in the America East Championship semifinals against third-seeded Binghamton at 3 p.m. on the campus of top-seeded Albany. Log onto www.UNHWildcats.com or www.AmericaEast.com for more details including times, ticket information and more.

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