DURHAM, N.H. – The University of New Hampshire volleyball team dropped a pair of matches to Towson, 3-1, and Valparaiso, 3-0, to close out play at the West Virginia Invitational Saturday in Morgantown, W. Va.
UNH now stands at 0-4 overall on the season. The set scores against Towson were 25-19, 16-25, 29-31 and 12-25, while the set scores against Valpo were 17-25, 17-25 and 11-25. Following the final match of the West Virginia Invitational, sophomore Morgan Thatcher (Brockton, Mass.) and senior Lauren Laquerre (Concord, N.H.) were both named to the All-Tournament Team for their efforts throughout the four-match event.
In the opening match against Towson, sophomore Destiny Tolliver (Rochester, Mich.) registered seven kills and a team-high 11 digs, while junior Jessie Schnepp (East Longmeadow, Mass.) also reached double-figures with 10 digs. Junior Jansan Falcusan (Plymouth, Mich.) paced the side with 15 assists and freshman Taylor Dunklau (Mukwonago, Wis.) chipped in with 11 helpers.
The Wildcats jumped out to an early 3-0 lead in the first set, but the Tigers responded with seven unanswered points to capture the momentum on a 7-3 advantage. After battling back to tie it all up at 14 apiece, the Wildcats ended the stanza in strong fashion, orchestrating an 11-5 run to claim the set, 25-19. In the next set, the Tigers broke away from a slim lead to go on top, 10-5. The Wildcats cut the lead to three, 16-13, on four-straight, but would not get closer as the Tigers held on for the 25-16 win. Towson held a slight advantage for most of the third set, but the Wildcats would not go away and clawed back to tie up the score at 22-22. The teams wrestled with the lead for the remainder of the set, going back-and-forth until the Tigers took two-straight for the 31-29 victory. In the fourth and final set, the Tigers opened with a 10-2 run and went on to earn a 25-12 win.
In the match against Valparaiso, Thatcher led the way with 10 kills and Schnepp chipped in with a match-high 13 digs, while Falcusan and Dunklau each added 12 assists. In the opening set, the teams were evenly matched until the Wildcats reeled off three-straight to go out in front at 13-9. The Crusaders answered back to even up the score at 14 apiece and then carried the momentum for the remainder of the set for a 25-17 win. The teams were once again even during the early stages of the middle set before Valpo pulled away for a 10-5 advantage. The Wildcats closed the gap to three, 10-7, but would not get closer as the Crusaders took the set, 25-17. In the third set, Valpo proved to be too much to handle as an early 10-2 advantage paved the way for a 25-11 victory.
UNH returns to action when it travels to the University of Pittsburgh Invitational Sept. 2-3. The Wildcats open against the host Panthers on Friday, Sept. 2 at 1 p.m.