October 16, 2011

Volleyball Sweeps Past Albany, 3-0

DURHAM, N.H. – Senior Amy Keding (Northbrook, Ill.) racked up a match-high 21 kills and added a team-best 19 digs for her seventh double-double of the season as the University of New Hampshire volleyball team downed the University at Albany, 3-0, Sunday afternoon at Lundholm Gymnasium.

Albany entered the match unbeaten in America East play, but dipped to 11-8 overall and 5-1 in the conference with the loss, while UNH improved to 6-16 on the season and 5-1 in the league. Set scores in the match were 30-28, 25-21 and 25-19.

In addition to Keding, senior Lauren Laquerre (Concord, N.H.) and junior Jansan Falcusan (Plymouth, Mich.) also posted double-double performances in the team's second sweep of the season. Laquerre recorded 15 kills on .300 hitting and added 11 digs, while Falcusan led all players with 39 assists to go along with 16 digs. Freshman Sam Henke (Millersville, Md.) chipped with 17 digs, while sophomore Destiny Tolliver (Rochester, Mich.) added 10 digs and four blocks.

The teams played a tightly contested start in the opening set until UNH broke a 9-9 tie with five straight, backboned by Tolliver on the serve, for the 14-9 advantage. After Albany fought back to even the set at 16-16, the teams traded points before UNH took a 24-21 lead for set point, but the visitors clawed back again to even the score at 24-24. The teams then traded points to tie the score four times until the Wildcats claimed the set on a kill by Keding and a service ace by Tolliver for the 30-28 victory and 1-0 match lead.

In the second set, the Wildcats picked up right where they left off in the previous stanza for the early 11-4 advantage. The Great Danes closed the gap to three at 11-8, but the home side went on a 6-2 run to take the lead at 17-10. Slowly but surely, the Great Danes climbed back to pull to within two at 20-18 and again at 21-19. However, the Wildcats ended the stanza on a 4-2 swing to claim the set at 25-21 for the 2-0 lead. As a team, the Wildcats posted 14 kills in the set for a .414 hitting percentage.

In the third set, the teams were all knotted up at 11 apiece before the Wildcats reeled off three straight kills for the 14-11 lead. Albany answered with back-to-back points before New Hampshire stretched its lead to four at 17-13. The Great Danes cut the lead to two twice, but could not get any closer as the Wildcats went on to take the set, 25-19, and complete the 3-0 sweep.   

The Wildcats return to conference play on Friday, Oct. 21 when they play host to Hartford at 7 p.m.

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