September 30, 2012

Volleyball Downs Binghamton, 3-1, for Sixth Straight Win

VESTAL, N.Y. – Junior Morgan Thatcher (Brockton, Mass.) posted a team-high 17 kills and three other Wildcats reached double-figures in kills as the University of New Hampshire volleyball team topped Binghamton, 3-1, in America East action Sunday afternoon at West Gymnasium.

New Hampshire (11-8, 3-0) picked up its sixth straight win to remain undefeated in conference play, matching the program's longest winning streak since the 2003 season. Binghamton falls to 5-13 on the season and 2-1 in conference play.

In addition to Thatcher, freshman Tori Forrest (Powder Springs, Ga.) racked up 14 kills with no attack errors for a .368 hitting percentage. Fellow freshmen Brenna Buckwalter (Evergreen, Colo.) and Abby Brinkman (Brecksville, Ohio) added 13 and 11 kills, respectively, while senior Jansan Falcusan (Plymouth, Mich.) registered 52 assists. Senior Jessie Schnepp (East Longmeadow, Mass.) led all players with 24 digs, while sophomore Sam Henke (Millersville, Md.) also reached double-digits with 12 digs.

The opening set featured intense back-and-forth action throughout the stanza, but after ten lead changes and 22 even scores, the two teams were all knotted up at 26-26. From there, the Wildcats took advantage of back-to-back Binghamton attack errors and claimed the set, 28-26. New Hampshire logged 20 kills in the first set and hit at a .349 clip.

New Hampshire kept things rolling in the second set, jumping out to a 13-9 lead. Nevertheless, Binghamton never went away and eventually used a 4-0 stretch to pull even at 23-23. However, the Bearcats could not take the lead as the Wildcats closed out the set with consecutive points for the 25-23 victory and 2-0 match lead.

In the third set, the Bearcats jumped out to a 10-6 advantage, but the Wildcats answered back with a 5-1 run to even the score at 11-11. After three more lead changes, Binghamton broke away from an 18-18 tie with four unanswered and went on to take the set, 25-21.

New Hampshire rebounded in the fourth set, breaking a 7-7 tie with seven unanswered to move out in front at 14-7. Binghamton trimmed the deficit to two at 19-17, but could not get any closer as the Wildcats closed out the set, 25-21, to seal the victory.

The Wildcats return to action on Friday, Oct. 5 when they play host to Stony Brook at 7 p.m.

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