Thatcher Leads Volleyball Past Harvard, 3-2
DURHAM, N.H. – Junior Morgan Thatcher (Brockton, Mass.) racked up a match-high 22 kills and senior Jansan Falcusan (Plymouth, Mich.) added 52 assists to lead the University of New Hampshire volleyball team past Harvard, 3-2, Tuesday night at Lundholm Gymnasium.
UNH has played in seven five-set matches this season and now stands at 7-8 overall, while Harvard moves to 2-8 on the season. Set scores in the match were 21-25, 25-23, 25-18, 15-25 and 15-12.
Thatcher also hit at a .353 clip, while junior Destiny Tolliver (Rochester, Mich.) and freshman Abby Brinkman (Brecksville, Ohio) added 12 and 10 kills, respectively. Senior Jessie Schnepp (East Longmeadow, Mass.) led all players with 22 digs and four aces.
Harvard jumped out to a quick lead in the opening set, breaking away from a 6-6 tie with a 6-2 run for the 12-8 advantage. UNH stormed back to even the score at 20-20, but the visitors ended with a 5-1 stretch to take set, 25-21.
The teams were tightly contested in the second set as UNH held a slim lead for most of the stanza, but Harvard continued to battle and eventually tied up the score at 22 points apiece. After swapping points, UNH netted back-to-back points as a kill by Brinkman and a service ace by Tolliver sealed the set, 25-23. The Wildcats recorded 17 kills in the stanza and hit at a .333 clip.
New Hampshire remained in control for the third set as the Wildcats broke a 5-5 tie with a 13-10 stretch to take a commanding 18-10 lead. New Hampshire cruised the rest of the way and went on to claim the set, 25-18, for the 2-1 lead.
Harvard bounced back to win the fourth set by a 25-15 margin. The Crimson held a slim 9-7 advantage but netted eight straight for the 17-7 advantage and went on to win the stanza and force a fifth set.
In that set, Harvard scored the opening point, but with Schnepp on the serve, UNH posted nine straight for the 9-1 lead. The Crimson did not go down quietly and trimmed the deficit to two at 14-12, but Brinkman's final kill sealed the 15-12 win and match victory.
The Wildcats open America East conference play on Saturday, Sept. 22 when they host Providence at 2 p.m.