DURHAM, N.H. – Lauren Laquerre (Concord, N.H.) recorded a match-high 17 kills and added a team-best 15 digs, but the University of New Hampshire volleyball team dropped its final non-conference match of the season, 3-2, to Harvard University on Tuesday night at Lundholm Gymnasium. UNH moves to 5-10 on the season, while the Crimson improve to 3-10. Set scores were 25-22, 16-25, 25-10, 21-25 and 15-6.
In addition to Laquerre, Amy Keding (Northbrook, Ill.) and Morgan Thatcher (Brockton, Mass.) added 12 and 10 kills, respectively. Keding registered eight digs and a block, while Thatcher chipped in with an ace and a block. Sara Heldman (Greenwood, Ind.) dished out 44 assists, added 13 digs and four kills.
In the first set, the Crimson's Kelsey Beck tallied four kills and hit at a .429 clip during the set. Harvard registered 10 kills and took advantage of five Wildcat attacking errors and six service aces for the 25-22 comeback win. New Hampshire bounced back in the second set with a convincing 25-16 win. UNH went up by as many as 11 points and used a 16-kill performance to earn the lopsided set victory. The third set was all Harvard as the Crimson sprinted out to a 12-1 lead and never looked back in a 25-10 victory. Harvard hit at a .478 clip with 11 kills compared to no attacking errors. The Wildcats, however, responded with a win in set four to force a fifth set. In the fourth, the play was back-and-forth throughout. UNH trailed 19-16 heading into a timeout. The 'Cats answered out of the break with a 9-2 run over the remainder of set including kills by four different New Hampshire players. UNH tallied a match-high 18 kills and hit at a .341 clip. In the final set, Harvard jumped out to a big lead early scoring 10 of the set's first 14 points. New Hampshire responded with a mini rally that cut it to 13-6, but a pair of Crimson kills closed out UNH's comeback chances.
New Hampshire returns to action Friday, Oct. 1 as it opens America East play against Hartford at 7 p.m. The Wildcats will also play host to Stony Brook University in an America East match Sunday, Oct. 3 at 1 p.m. Tickets to the Hartford and Stony Brook matches as well as all UNH home matches are online at www.UNHWildcats.com.