DURHAM, N.H. – Despite double-double performances by seniors Amy Keding (Northbrook, Ill.) and Lauren Laquerre (Concord, N.H.), the University of New Hampshire volleyball team fell to Bryant University, 3-1, Tuesday night at Lundholm Gymnasium.
With the loss, UNH dropped to 1-15 overall while Bryant improved to 5-9 on the season. The set scores in the match were 22-25, 27-29, 25-17 and 23-25.
Keding paced the team with a match-high 16 kills and also added 12 digs, while Laquerre racked up 11 kills and 10 digs. Sophomore Morgan Thatcher (Brockton, Mass.) recorded double-digit figures with 13 kills and senior Jessy Dick (Leftbridge, Alberta) registered a season-high eight blocks. Junior Jansan Falcusan (Plymouth, Mich.) posted a match-high 48 assists. Freshman Sam Henke (Millersville, Md.) also added a team-high 17 digs in the match.
In the opening set, the teams were all knotted up at 11-11 until four straight by UNH pushed the home team on top at 15-11. Bryant responded to eventually tie it up again at 18-18, and after two more even scores the Bulldogs edged out a 25-22 victory for the 1-0 match lead.
In the second set, the Bulldogs raced out to a 20-10 advantage and then moved to match point at 24-16. The Wildcats would not go down quietly, however, using an 8-0 run to tie it all up at 24-24. The teams then traded points until the Bulldogs held on for the 29-27 victory and 2-0 advantage.
The Wildcats answered right back in the third set as a kill by Keding capped of an 11-6 opening run. The Bulldogs clawed back and chipped the lead to three at 19-16 but could not get closer as the home side took the stanza, 25-17, to trim the match lead to 2-1. As a team, the Wildcats posted a .379 attack percentage in the set.
The Wildcats carried over the momentum into the fourth set with an early 9-4 lead, but the Bulldogs came back to tie the score at 14-14. The teams swapped points for another tie at 16-16 and then the Bulldogs scored three straight for the 19-16 advantage. From there, the Wildcats fought back to pull within one at 24-23 but could not score the equalizer as the Bulldogs hung on for the 25-23 win to seal the victory.
The Wildcats kick off conference play on Saturday, Sept. 24 when they travel to Hartford at 4 p.m.