DURHAM, N.H. – Senior Amy Keding (Northbrook, Ill.) recorded a match-high 16 kills and sophomore Morgan Thatcher (Brockton, Mass.) added 13 kills and six blocks, but it was not enough as the University of New Hampshire volleyball team fell to Binghamton, 3-1, Friday evening at Lundholm Gymnasium.
UNH drops to 5-16 overall and 4-1 in the America East with its first conference loss of the season, while Binghamton improves to 10-12 on the season and 2-3 in league play. Set scores in the match were 24-26, 25-21, 19-25 and 25-27.
In addition to Keding and Thatcher, junior Jansan Falcusan (Plymouth, Mich.) registered a match-high 39 assists, while senior Jessy Dick (Lethbridge, Alberta) racked up seven blocks. Defensively, freshman Sam Henke (Millersville, Md.) posted 19 digs, while sophomore Destiny Tolliver (Rochester, Mich.) and senior Lauren Laquerre (Concord, N.H.) also notched double-digits with 18 and 11 digs, respectively.
In the opening set, the teams were neck-and-neck early on until Binghamton broke a 15-15 tie with back-to-back points for the 17-15 lead. The Wildcats answered right back on a kill by Keding, but the Bearcats reeled off four straight to take the lead at 21-16. After Binghamton maintained a five-point lead at 24-19, the Wildcats roared back to within a point at 24-23 but could not complete the comeback as the visitors claimed the set, 26-24, for the 1-0 lead.
In the second set, the teams were once again even early at 11-11 until the Wildcats went on a 6-1 run for the 17-12 advantage. Binghamton pulled within three at 21-18 but could not get closer as the Wildcats took the set at 25-21 to even the match score.
In the third set, Binghamton held a slim 2-0 lead for most of the stanza before four straight stretched the advantage to five at 20-16. UNH responded to cut the lead to four but the Bearcats closed out the stanza with a 25-19 win to take the 2-1 lead.
In the fourth set, the teams were all knotted up at 11 apiece before the Bearcats rattled off eight straight to go on top, 19-11. The Wildcats responded right back with a run of their own, however, as the home side netted four in a row and then used the momentum to eventual even the score at 24-24. After another tie at 25-25, the Bearcats recorded the final two points to take the set, 25-25, and seal the victory.
The Wildcats return to conference action on Sunday, Oct. 16 when they play host to Albany in a Dig Pink match to benefit the Side-Out Foundation. The match is set to start at 1 p.m.