DURHAM, N.H. – Lauren Laquerre (Concord, N.H.) recorded a team-best 17 kills, while Amy Keding (Northbrook, Ill.) posted a double-double with 12 kills and 13 digs to guide the University of New Hampshire volleyball team to a 3-1 win over the Stony Brook University on Sunday afternoon at Lundholm Gymnasium. UNH improves to 7-10 overall improve to 2-0 in America East play, while Stony Brook is now 6-12, 1-1 AE. New Hampshire's 2-0 start marks its best league start since the 2003 season. Set scores were 25-23, 25-17, 20-25 and 25-19.
The first set was tight throughout with 11 ties and six lead changes. The last tie came at 22-22. Back-to-back kills by Laquerre and Elliott helped five the 'Cats a 24-22 and an SBU attacking error was the final point in a 25-23 victory. UNH registered 14 kills and took advantage of nine Stony Brook attack errors in the frame. In the second set, the Seawolves held a 12-10 lead until New Hampshire rattled off the next five points during a 12-2 run that made it 22-14. UNH went on secure a 25-17 win in the second set. The 'Cats hit at a match-best .536 clip during the set with 17 kills. New Hampshire built a 14-10 lead in the third set that was erased by a 5-1 Stony Brook run, which made it 15-15. The teams traded points until with the score tied at 19-19, SBU scored six of the set's final seven points in a 25-20 win. The Wildcats answered with a 25-19 win in the fourth and final set. Much like the first set, the fourth set was close for most of the set with 11 ties and five lead changes. With teams were deadlocked at 13-13 until three-straight UNH points made it 16-13. The 'Cats were holding on to a one-point lead at 18-17 before going on a 7-2 run to finish the match.
New Hampshire looks to continue its success in America East play as it travels to defending champion Binghamton University Friday night (7 p.m.). The Wildcats next home match is Saturday, Oct. 16 (2 p.m.) against UMBC. Tickets to the UMBC match as well as all UNH home matches are online at www.UNHWildcats.com.