DURHAM, N.H. – The University of New Hampshire volleyball team kicks off a three-match home stretch with a matchup against Harvard on Tuesday, Sept. 18 at Lundholm Gymnasium. That match is set to start at 7 p.m. Links to live stats and video will be available at www.unhwildcats.com.
The State of New Hampshire: The UNH volleyball team split four matches last week, first defeating Bryant in four sets before going 1-2 at the George Washington Invitational… The team now stands at 6-8 on the season… The Wildcats climbed back from an early 1-0 deficit against Bryant and captured three straight sets. UNH was led by freshman Abby Brinkman (Brecksville, Ohio) with 14 kills, while junior Morgan Thatcher (Brockton, Mass.) and sophomore Taylor Dunklau (Mukwonago, Wis.) each posted double-doubles in the win… In the final match of the George Washington Invitational, UNH rallied for a 3-2 comeback win over Princeton. Thatcher as one of five Wildcats to notch double-digit kills as she posted a match-high 20 kills and hit at a .239 clip… UNH currently ranks first in the America East in hitting percentage (.190), assists per set (11.30), kills (12.20) and digs (15.39).
Scouting Harvard: The Harvard volleyball team enters Tuesday's match at 2-7 on the season… Harvard opened the season with three straight losses and followed with back-to-back home wins over Manhattan and Providence, but has dropped its last four matches. Most recently, the Crimson lost a trio of straight-set matches to Connecticut, Northeastern and Boston College at the New England Challenge Tournament… Harvard is led by the duo of senior Taylor Docter and freshman Kathleen Wallace with 2.66 and 2.55 kills per set, respectively.
All-Time Series: UNH is 9-11 all-time against Harvard. Most recently, the Crimson held on for a 3-2 win last year at the Malkin Athletic Center, despite 27 kills and 30 digs from Amy Keding and 60 assists by then-junior Jansan Falcusan.
Forrest Honored: Rookie Tori Forrest (Powder Springs, Ga.) was named to the George Washington Invitational All-Tournament Team over the weekend for her efforts throughout the three-match event. The freshman currently ranks second on the team in both kills (130) and kills per set (2.50).
Up Next: The Wildcats remain at home for a pair of matches over the weekend, first opening conference play against Providence on Saturday, Sept. 22 (2 p.m.) before hosting intrastate rival Dartmouth on Sunday, Sept. 23 at 2 p.m.