BALTIMORE – Amy Keding (Northbrook, Ill.) posted a double-double with a team high 18 kills and 15 digs to lead the University of New Hampshire volleyball team to a 3-2 victory over the University of Maryland, Baltimore County Friday night at RAC Arena in the season finale. Set scores were 22-25, 25-18, 12-25, 25-16, 15-6.
The Wildcats finish the 2010 season with a 10-17 record overall and a 5-7 mark in America East contests, while the Retrievers fall to 10-16 overall (6-5 AE).
In addition to Keding, Lauren Laquerre (Concord, N.H.) posted a double-double with 14 kills and 10 digs. Sara Heldman (Greenwood, Ind.) also tallied a double-double with 48 assists and 15 digs. Defensively, Jayde Huxtable (St. Charles, Ill.) registered a team-high 24 digs.
After dropping the first set 25-22, the Wildcats closed the second set on an 8-2 run to clinch the set and even the match. Heldman assisted on six of the eight kills during the run. New Hampshire fell behind 2-1 as the Retrievers captured the third set in decisive fashion with a 25-12 win. UMBC tallied nine kills and took advantage of UNH attacking errors in the set. The Wildcats bounced back in equally as decisive fashion as they used a balanced attack to open up a 21-11 advantage in the fourth set, ultimately taking the set 25-16. Leading the 'Cats with seven kills in the frame, Keding and Jessy Dick (Lethbridge, Alberta) combined on an opening block of a Retriever attack to give UNH a lead they would not relinquish throughout the remainder of the set. UNH continued their strong play in the fifth and final set, jumping out to an early 2-0 lead on a Keding kill and a Retriever attack error. After trading points to a 4-3 set, a kill by senior tri-captain Justine Elliott (Mitchellville, Md.) ignited a 9-1 run as the 'Cats took a commanding 13-4 lead. A service ace by Huxtable (St. Charles, Ill.) clinched the set 15-6 and the match 3-2.
Senior tri-captains Heldman (5 kills, 48 assists, 16 digs), Huxtable (24 digs), and Elliott (8 kills) all contributed in the victory, their final in a Wildcat uniform.