October 7, 2011

Volleyball Remains Unbeaten in America East with 3-2 Win Over Stony Brook

DURHAM, N.H. – Senior Lauren Laquerre (Concord, N.H.) and junior Jansan Falcusan (Plymouth, Mich.) both recorded double-doubles and senior Amy Keding (Northbrook, Ill.) posted 21 kills as the University of New Hampshire volleyball team edged out Stony Brook, 3-2, Friday evening at Lundholm Gymnasium.

With the win, the Wildcats improved to 4-15 overall and 3-0 in the America East Conference, while the Seawolves dipped to 8-9 on the season and 2-2 in conference play. Set scores in the match were 23-25, 33-31, 25-10, 19-25 and 16-14.

Laquerre posted 16 kills and 18 digs for her eighth double-double of the season and also chipped in with four blocks, while Falcusan racked up a match-high 48 assists and added 14 digs. Keding registered a team-high 21 kills and sophomore Destiny Tolliver (Rochester, Mich.) posted a team-high six blocks. Sophomore Morgan Thatcher (Brockton, Mass.) also had a strong offensive outing with 15 kills for a .256 hitting percentage. Freshman Sam Henke (Millersville, Md.) led the way with 23 digs, while junior Jessie Schnepp (East Longmeadow, Mass.) recorded 16 digs and four aces. 

In the first set, the teams traded points for most of the match and were all tied up at 21-21, but the Seawolves scored back-to-back points for the 23-21 advantage and held on for the 25-23 win and the 1-0 match lead.

In the second set, the teams were tightly contested until the Wildcats broke a 15-15 tie with three straight for the 18-15 lead. UNH then went on a 6-3 run for match point at 24-18, but the visitors clawed back to tie it all up at 24 apiece. After five more lead changes, the Wildcats netted consecutive points on a pair of Keding kills to claim the set, 33-31, and even up the match at 1-1.

In the third set, UNH opened with an early 10-3 lead and never looked back as the home side claimed the stanza at 25-10. As the team, the Wildcats recorded 14 kills and posted a .478 hitting percentage, limiting the Seawolves to just four kills.

The Seawolves held a slim lead in the fourth set at 17-16 and then netted four straight for the 21-16 advantage. UNH trimmed the lead down to two but could not get closer as the visitors took the set at 25-19 to force a deciding fifth stanza.

In that set, the teams were knotted up at 3-3 to start the stanza until the Wildcats reeled off an 11-5 run for the 14-8 advantage. The Seawolves made it interesting with six straight to tie the score but the Wildcats netted the final two points to claim the set, 16-14, and seal the victory to remain undefeated in conference play.  

The Wildcats return to action on Sunday, Oct. 9 when they play host to UMBC at 1 p.m.

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