STONY BROOK, N.Y. – Led by a trio of double-digit kill performances from sophomore Morgan Thatcher (Brockton, Mass.) and seniors Amy Keding (Northbrook, Ill.) and Lauren Laquerre (Concord, N.H.), the University of New Hampshire volleyball team knocked off Stony Brook University, 3-2, Sunday afternoon at Pritchard Gymnasium.
With the win, the Wildcats improve to 9-18 overall and 7-3 in the America East, while the Seawolves drop to 13-12 on the season and 6-5 in conference play. Set scores in the match were 25-12, 20-25, 20-25, 25-23 and 15-11.
Thatcher paced the Wildcats with 18 kills for a .368 hitting percentage and also added three blocks. Keding chipped in with 17 kills for a .378 hitting percentage, finishing with five digs and three blocks, while Laquerre posted 16 kills for a .400 hitting percentage and added eight digs. Junior Jansan Falcusan (Plymouth, Mich.) led the team with 48 assists, while junior Jessie Schnepp (East Longmeadow, Mass.) and freshman Sam Henke (Millersville, Md.) registered double-digit digs with 12 and 10, respectively.
In the opening set, the teams were evened up at 8-8 before the Wildcats netted nine straight for the 17-8 advantage. From there, UNH ended the stanza with an 8-3 run for the 25-12 win. As a team the Wildcats posted 13 kills for a .417 hitting percentage in the set and limited the home side to a .032 attack percentage.
In the second set, the Wildcats jumped out to a 10-4 lead, but after trading points, the Seawolves rallied back with 11 straight points for the 16-11 lead. The Wildcats pulled within one at 17-16 but could not get closer as the home team claimed the set, 25-20, to even the match score.
After the Seawolves claimed the third set by a 25-20 decision, the Wildcats stormed back to take the fourth set, 25-23. With the score all tied up at 17-17, the Seawolves netted three straight for the 20-17 lead, but the visitors fought back and pulled within one, 21-20. After a Stony Brook point increased the home lead to two at 22-20, the Wildcats ended the set on a 5-1 run to force a fifth and final stanza.
In that set, the Wildcats jumped out to a 10-6 lead on a kill by Keding, paving the way for a 15-11 victory to seal the 3-2 win. The Wildcats posted 10 kills in the fifth set and hit at a .600 clip.
The 'Cats return to action on Friday, Nov. 11 when they visit Albany 7 p.m.