STONY BROOK, N.Y.- Sara Heldman (Greenwood, Ind.) racked up 30 assists and 12 digs, and Lauren Laquerre (Concord, N.H.) had a match-high-tying 15 kills and a .306 kill percentage, but the University of New Hampshire volleyball team was defeated in straight sets at Stony Brook University's Pritchard Gymnasium on Friday night. The set scores were 25-11, 25-22 and 26-24.
UNH's record now stands at 8-15 overall, 3-5 in the America East conference. Stony Brook ups its mark to 9-14, 4-4 in America East play.
In the opening set Laquerre produced two early kills and, following a kill from Heldman, the 'Cats were within 9-8. The SeaWolves bounced back with a 16-3 run to close out a 25-11 victory. Alicia Nelson (15 kills) tallied three of her six first-set kills as the home team scored six unanswered points to end the set.
Heldman accounted for 12 of UNH's 22 points in the second set with 11 assists and a kill. Early in the set, Laquerre notched two quick kills as the Wildcats raced out to an early 4-0 advantage. Nelson responded with three kills as Stony Brook climbed back to grab its first lead at 7-6. After falling behind 9-7, the 'Cats forged a tie at 9 courtesy of a kill from Destiny Tolliver (Rochester, Mich.) and a block from Justine Elliott (Mitchelville, Md.). Trailing 23-19 late in the set, UNH rallied for three straight points, the latter two coming on back-to-back Heldman-assisted kills from Laquerre to trim the deficit to 23-22. But the 'Wolves managed to claim the set's final two points for a 25-22 win.
In the third set, UNH erased an early 5-2 disadvantage by piecing together a 4-0 run, featuring two Laquerre kills and a service ace by Amy Keding (Northbrook, Ill.). The two squads traded the lead 10 times, with neither team leading by more than three at any stage. The Wildcats took a 23-22 lead on Heldman's service ace and had set point on Laquerre's final kill of the match for a 24-23 lead. However, Stony Brook finished out the sweep on a game-tying kill from Ashley Headen, a kill from Evann Slaughter and the match-ending service ace from Headen.
Jayde Huxtable (St. Charles, Ill.) led New Hampshire with 13 digs.
The Wildcats visit the University of Hartford on Saturday, Oct.30, for a 6 p.m. match against the Hawks in the Auxiliary Gym at the Reich Family Pavilion. UNH returns home to take on the University at Albany on Friday, Nov. 5 (7 p.m.), at the Lundholm Gymnasium on 'Cats Care Day, featuring a Wildcat Food Drive. For ticket information, visit the Whittemore Center Box Office weekdays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m, call (603) 862-4000, extension 5, or CLICK HERE.