ALBANY, N.Y. - Lindsay Fogarty (Pleasanton, Calif.) registered a team-high 10 kills, however the University of New Hampshire volleyball team closed out the 2009 season with a 3-0 loss to third-seeded Binghamton University in the semifinals of the America East Championship held at Albany's University Gymnasium.
Binghamton, which improves to 14-15 overall, advances to play top-seeded Albany in the America East Championship title match. UNH closes out the 2009 campaign 13-15 overall.
Fogarty also added 10 digs, pair of aces and hit at a .135 clip. In addition to Fogarty, Kirsten Bates (Calgary, Alberta) and Justine Elliott (Mitchellville, Md.) each tallied six kills. Bates was also one of three Wildcats with double figure digs with 10, while Sara Heldman (Greenwood, Ind.) had a team-high 14 digs. Kate Uitti (Pinckney, Mich.) paced the UNH offensive attack with 28 assists.
The Wildcats opened up a 6-1 lead in the opening set that was erased by a 6-1 run which tied it at 7-7. The teams battled back-and-forth with UNH slowly building an 18-14. Binghamton responded with eight-straight points to take a 22-18 lead and went on to capture the set 25-21. Binghamton jumped out to a 7-3 lead in the second set and expanded its lead to 15-8. UNH would cut into the lead getting as close as four at 18-14, but the Bearcats went on to capture the middle set 25-17. Binghamton hit at a match-best .355 clip in the set with 13 kills. In the third set, the Bearcats went out to a 7-3 lead. New Hampshire trailed 17-10 before rattling off six-straight points to make it 17-16. However, Binghamton sealed the set and the match by scoring eight of the final 12 points of the match. The Wildcats had 11 errors in the final set, while each team recorded 11 kills.
The match was the final one for seniors Bates, Fogarty, Uitti and Kelly Harte (East Rochester, N.H.).