CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The University of New Hampshire volleyball team dropped a pair of matches to Eastern Illinois, 3-0, and Bryant University, 3-1, in the final day of competition at the Harvard Invitational.
UNH moves to 2-4 on the season. The set scores against EIU were 25-20, 25-17 and 25-14, while scores against Bryant were 16-25, 25-21, 25-22 and 25-20.
Against Eastern Illinois, it was Amy Keding (Northbrook, Ill.), who was named to the All-Tournament team, leading the way with eight kills, seven digs and four blocks. In addition to Keding, Justine Elliott (Mitchellville, Md.) had five kills, while Taylor Dressing (Gillette, N.J.) added four. Sara Heldman (Greenwood, Ind.) dished out a team-high 20 assists and eight digs.
Against Bryant, Lauren Laquerre (Concord, N.H.) tallied a match-high 19 kills and added 10 digs and two blocks. Keding chipped in with a dozen kills, nine digs and three blocks. Defensively, Jayde Huxtable (St. Charles, Ill.) posted a team-high 25 digs, while setter Sara Heldman had 39 assists.
In the first set against EIU, the teams were tied at 6-6 before five-straight by the Panthers made it 11-6. The 'Cats would cut into the lead with a 6-2 run, which made it 13-12, and later tied it at 16-16. EIU responded with a 4-0 run that made it 20-16 and never looked back in a 25-20 win. The Panthers lead the second set 10-6 before a New Hampshire rally made it 10 aside. EIU regained the lead at 14-10, extended that lead to 17-12 and went on to capture the frame 25-17. The final set was too much Panthers as they built a 10-4 lead and extended that margin to 16-6 before going on to win the set and the match with a 25-14 edge in the finale.
The 'Cats open the home portion of their 2010 schedule on Tuesday, Sept. 7 (7 p.m.) against non-conference foe Northeastern. Tickets to the home opener and all UNH home matches are online at www.UNHWildcats.com.