DURHAM, N.H. – Freshman Tori Forrest (Powder Springs, Ga.) registered a team-high 10 kills but it was not enough as the University of New Hampshire volleyball team fell to Northeastern, 3-0, in the home-opener Tuesday night at Lundholm Gymnasium.
With the loss, the Wildcats dip to 1-3 on the season, while the Huskies improve to 4-0 overall. Set scores in the match were 20-25, 23-25 and 16-25.
Forrest also recorded a .409 hitting percentage and added a pair of blocks, while sophomore Taylor Dunklau (Mukwonago, Wis.) led all players with 27 assists. Senior Jessie Schnepp (East Longmeadow, Mass.) chipped in with 11 digs and sophomore Delaney Dameron (Alpharetta, Ga.) added four blocks.
Northeastern jumped out to a quick 6-0 start to open the match, but UNH closed the gap to four at 11-7 after a kill by junior Destiny Tolliver (Rochester, Mich.). UNH continued to battle and pulled within two at 22-20 on a kill by Forrest, but the Huskies closed out the set with three straight for the 25-20 victory.
The teams were tightly contested to open the second set until the Huskies broke a 4-4 tie with a 7-3 stretch for the 11-7 advantage. After Northeastern jumped out in front at 20-14, UNH went on a 6-2 run to close the gap to 22-20. UNH continued to fight and pulled within one at 24-23 on a kill by junior Morgan Thatcher (Brockton, Mass.), but the visitors picked up the final point for the 24-23 victory and 2-0 match lead.
In the third set, Northeastern jumped out to an early 10-5 advantage until UNH reeled off three straight to trim the deficit to 10-8. After trading points, the Huskies scored four straight and went to claim the stanza at 25-16 to seal the victory.
The Wildcats return to action on Friday, Aug. 31 for the Rutgers Invitational when the open the tournament against Rhode Island at 12:30 p.m.