Volleyball Falls to Providence, 3-2, on Senior Day

DURHAM, N.H. – Senior Lauren Laquerre (Concord, N.H.) posted a season-high 23 kills to go along with 14 digs, but the University of New Hampshire volleyball team dropped its home finale, 3-2, to Providence College on Sunday afternoon at Lundholm Gymnasium.

With the loss, the Wildcats drop to 8-17 overall and 6-2 in America East play, while the Friars improve to 8-18 on the season and 2-6 in conference action. Set scores in the match were 31-29, 23-25, 29-31, 25-23 and 8-15.

In addition to Laquerre, senior Amy Keding (Northbrook, Ill.) also posted a double-double with 20 kills and a team-high 23 digs. Junior setter Jansan Falcusan (Plymouth, Mich.) paced the lineup with 62 assists and added 14 digs for her fourth double-double performance in as many matches. Sophomore Morgan Thatcher (Brockton, Mass.) registered 16 kills and paced the team with a .368 attack percentage. Defensively, senior Jessy Dick (Lethbridge, Alberta) recorded eight blocks, while freshman Sam Henke (Millersville, Md.) and junior Jessie Schnepp (East Longmeadow, Mass.) registered double-digit digs with 17 and 10, respectively.

In the opening set, the Friars jumped out to a quick 7-1 lead but the home side clawed back to even the score at 11 apiece. After six more lead changes and the score all knotted up at 29-29, UNH netted the final two points, capped off by a Keding kill, to claim the set at 31-29. As a team, the Wildcats posted 20 kills in the stanza for a .292 hitting percentage.

The two teams were once again evenly matched well into the second set before the Wildcats broke a 20-20 tie with two straight for the 22-20 advantage. The Friars rebounded, however, with a 4-1 run for the 25-23 victory.

The teams were closely contested once again in the third set with the score even at 20-20, followed by five more lead changes and slim advantages by each side. Still tied at 29-29, the Friars netted two straight for the 31-29 victory and 2-1 lead in the match.

In the fourth set, the visitors opened with a 14-8 lead, but the Wildcats recorded three straight to pull within three at 14-11. After the teams traded points, and with Falcusan on the serve, the Wildcats netted five straight to tie the score at 16 apiece. Still tied at 23-23, a Thatcher kill paved the way for a service ace by Schnepp as the Wildcats claimed the set at 25-23 to force a deciding fifth set.

In that set, the Friars jumped out to a 10-5 lead and hung on for the 15-8 victory to seal the win.

Seniors Laquerre, Keding and Dick were all honored before the contest for their four years of commitment and dedication to the UNH volleyball program.

The Wildcats return to America East action on Friday, Nov. 4 when they visit UMBC at 3 p.m.

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