DURHAM, N.H. – The University of New Hampshire volleyball team went 0-2 on day two of the Holly Young Invitational. UNH opened the day with a straight-set loss to Sacred Heart before falling to Rutgers, 3-0. The Wildcats move to 4-9 on the season.
Set scores against Sacred Heart were 25-13, 25-19 and 25-22, while scores against Rutgers were 26-24, 25-20 and 25-23.
In other Holly Young Invitational action, Dartmouth (8-2 record) swept Rutgers (6-6), 3-0 and Sacred Heart (9-4) defeated Dartmouth, 3-1. The Pioneers finished a perfect 3-0 and won the tournament, while each of the other three participants went 1-2 over the weekend.
Against Sacred Heart, Amy Keding (Northbrook, Ill.) posted a team-high seven kills and added a pair of blocks. Setter Sara Heldman (Greenwood, Ind.), who was named to the All-Tournament team, dished out 21 assists, while defensively Jayde Huxtable (St. Charles, Ill.) tallied nine digs.
In the nightcap against Rutgers, Lauren Laquerre (Concord, N.H.) put up a team-high 12 kills and seven digs. Keding added eight kills, four digs and three blocks, while Destiny Tolliver (Rochester, Mich.) added six kills, four blocks and a pair of service aces. Heldman registered 28 assists and six digs, while Jessie Schnepp (East Longmeadow, Mass.) posted a team-high 14 digs.
In the first set Sacred Heart captured a 12-point victory behind the strength of a .519 hitting percentage in the frame. The Pioneers had 14 kills, no attacking errors and took advantage of six Wildcat errors. Sacred Heart jumped out to a 13-5 lead and never looked back controlling play for most of the set. In the second set, SHU registered a six-point win and tallied 15 kills, one block and one ace. Play was even midway through the set until with the game tied 14-14, the Pioneers scored the next three points and never trailed again in the stanza. New Hampshire fought back in the third set going out to a 10-6 advantage. SHU responded with an 11-4 run which made it 17-14. UNH cut it to one at 18-17 and trailed by that same margin at 22-21, but the Pioneers scored two-straight and three of the final four points to win the match.
In the first set against Rutgers, the Scarlet Knights opened up an 11-5 lead out of the gate before UNH went on a 10-2 run to take a 15-13 lead. The Wildcats extended its lead to 21-16 forcing the Knights to take a timeout. Rutgers responded out of the break with four-straight points to tie it at 21-21 and force a New Hampshire timeout. The teams traded points with ties at 22, 23 and 24 before Rutgers captured the final two points of the set and earned the 26-24 set. The second set was close in the early going with Rutgers holding a slim 15-14 lead. The Scarlet Knights went on a 7-3 run to make it 22-17 and went on to capture the set 25-20. The third set was back-and-forth throughout and saw 13 ties and six lead changes. The Wildcats held a 22-20 before Rutgers went on a 4-0 run and scored five of the final six points to capture a 25-23 win.
Holly Young Invitational - All-Tournament team:
Sacred Heart: #2 – Elise Sage – Outside Hitter
Sacred Heart: #8 – Courtney Kidd-Kadlubek – Setter
Sacred Heart: #15 – Johanna Ovsenek – Middle Blocker
Dartmouth: #15 – Annie Villanueva – Middle Blocker
Rutgers: #18 – Hannah Curtis – Middle Blocker
UNH: #3 – Sara Heldman - Setter
UNH returns to action Friday, Sept. 24 at UConn. The Wildcats return home Tuesday, Sept. 28 against non-conference foe Harvard. Tickets to the Harvard game and all UNH home matches are online at www.UNHWildcats.com.