DURHAM, N.H. – Junior Amy Keding (Northbrook, Ill.) recorded a team-high 11 kills to go along with 16 digs, but the University of New Hampshire dropped Saturday afternoon's 3-2 America East game against the University of Maryland, Baltimore County at Lundholm Gymnasium.
The Wildcats fall to 7-13 on the season, including 2-3 in America East, while the Retrievers
improve to 7-12 overall and 3-2 in conference play. Set scores were 25-23, 27-29, 19-25, 25-20 and 15-8.
In addition, freshman Morgan Thatcher (Brockton, Mass.) tallied 10 kills, senior Sara Heldman (Greenwood, Ind.) posted 27 assists and 17 digs, while hitting at a .391 clip, and senior Jayde Huxtable (St. Charles, Ill.) had a team-high 18 digs.
In the first set, UNH jumped on top 4-0 before seven straight points from UMBC. The Wildcats climbed back to tie it at nine and the set went back and forth, winding up tied at 23 before the Retrievers scored the final two points to go on top 1-0.
UMBC started the second set on a 6-2 run, but six straight from the 'Cats gave UNH the 8-6 advantage. The Wildcats maintained their two-point edge until the Retrievers knotted it at 23. Still tied at 27, Keding's kill paved the way for Huxtable's service ace that clinched the set to tie the match at one apiece.
The third set was closely contested until a 6-2 UNH put the home team on top 12-8. UMBC came back to tie it at 12 and eventually grabbed a 19-17 lead, but the Wildcats were resilient once more as they scored the final eight points of the set to take a 2-1 lead in the match.
In a mirror image of the second set, UMBC started on a 6-2 run before six straight points from UNH gave the home team an 8-6 lead. After the Wildcats extended their lead to 12-8, UMBC ran off six straight of its own and went on top 14-12. Leading 22-19, the Retrievers scored three of the final four points to force a third and deciding set.
In that set, tied at four, UMBC edged out to a 6-4 leading and held it there at 9-7 until scoring six of the last seven points to seal the win.
The Wildcats return to action, Friday, Oct. 22 at 7 p.m. when they travel south to take on Providence College. It will mark the first meeting between the two teams since the Friars joined America East this season. The 'Cats then welcome Providence into Lundholm on Sunday, Oct. 24 at 1 p.m. Tickets are available at www.UNHWildcats.com.