WORCESTER, Mass. – Senior Amy Keding (Northbrook, Ill.) racked up a match-high 16 kills and added 19 digs for her ninth double-double of the season as the University of New Hampshire volleyball team knocked off the College of the Holy Cross, 3-1, Wednesday evening in non-conference action at the Holy Cross Field House.
The Wildcats picked up their seventh win in the last eight matches to improve to 8-16 overall while the Crusaders dipped to 7-19 on the season. Set scores in the match were 21-25, 25-11, 25-19 and 25-23.
Keding, one of three Wildcats with a double-double in the match, finished with a .256 hitting percentage and also recorded a pair of blocks. Senior Lauren Laquerre (Concord, N.H.) posted 13 kills and 10 digs, while junior Jansan Falcusan (Plymouth, Mich.) registered 47 assists and 16 digs. Senior Jessy Dick (Lethbridge, Alberta) also earned double-digit kills with 11 for a .391 attack percentage, while freshman Delaney Dameron (Alpharetta, Ga.) set season-highs with 10 kills and a match-high five blocks. Defensively, Sam Henke (Millersville, Md.) led all players with a season-best 24 digs and also added three service aces.
After Holy Cross claimed the opening set by a 25-21 decision, UNH rebounded with a 25-11 victory in the second stanza. The Wildcats jumped out to an early 10-3 advantage and extended the lead to 16-6, holding at least a ten-point lead the rest of the set. As a team, the Wildcats posted 14 kills for a .289 hitting percentage and limited the Crusaders to a .022 attack percentage.
In the third set, the teams were all tied up at 16-16 before UNH ended on a 9-3 run to claim the stanza, 25-19, and move ahead 2-1 in the match.
In the fourth set, the Crusaders held a 16-12 advantage but the Wildcats netted four straight to even the score and force a Holy Cross timeout. After four more lead changes and the score tied at 23 apiece, the Wildcats recorded two straight points on back-to-back kills by Dameron and Dick for the 25-23 win and 3-1 match victory. In the set, the Wildcats posted 18 kills for a .395 hitting percentage.
The Wildcats return to America East action for Senior Day on Sunday, Oct. 30 when they play host to Providence at 2 p.m.