WASHINGTON, D.C. – Junior Morgan Thatcher (Brockton, Mass.) recorded a team-high seven kills, but it was not enough as the University of New Hampshire volleyball team fell to No. 15 Brigham Young University, 3-0, to open play at the George Washington Invitational Friday afternoon at the Smith Center.
With the loss, New Hampshire moves to 5-7 on the season, while BYU remains undefeated at 10-0. Set scores in the match were 25-14, 25-12 and 25-11.
Sophomore Taylor Dunklau (Mukwonago, Wis.) registered 12 assists, while senior libero Jessie Schnepp (East Longmeadow, Mass.) posted a team-high nine digs. Thatcher and junior Destiny Tolliver (Rochester, Mich.) added two blocks apiece, while sophomore Sam Henke (Millersville, Md.) had a pair of service aces.
The two teams were even at 3-3 to open the first set, until the Cougars used a 7-2 run to move out in front, 10-5. UNH responded with back-to-back points but after trading points, BYU reeled off six straight and went on to claim the set, 25-14.
In the second set, BYU jumped out to an 8-3 lead but the Wildcats responded with consecutive kills from Tolliver and freshman Elizabeth Kennerly (West Lake, Calif.) to pull within three at 8-5. BYU stretched its lead to five at 15-10 and then sealed the win with seven straight to ultimately take the set, 25-12.
BYU opened the third set with a 7-1 lead, but UNH answered back with consecutive points as a Henke ace pulled the Wildcats within 7-3. BYU responded with four straight and went on to claim the set at 25-11 to seal the victory.
The Wildcats continue play at the George Washington Invitational on Saturday, opening against the host Colonials at 10 a.m. before taking on Princeton at 5 p.m.