DURHAM, N.H. – Morgan Thatcher (Brockton, Mass.) registered a match-high 18 kills to lift the University of New Hampshire volleyball team to a convincing 3-1 win over America East foe Stony Brook University on Friday night at Lundholm Gymnasium. Set scores were 25-19, 25-22, 20-25 and 25-16.
UNH, which captured its seventh-straight win, remains perfect in America East play moving to 12-8 overall and 4-0 in league play. The Seawolves are now 6-10 overall, 1-2 in conference.
In addition to Thatcher, who owned a .209 hitting percentage and added five digs, freshmen hitters Tori Forrest (Powder Springs, Ga.) and Abby Brinkman (Brecksville, Ohio) each added 13 kills. Jansan Falcusan (Plymouth, Mich.) once again paced the Wildcat offense with 44 assists, while Jessie Schnepp (East Longmeadow, Mass.) added a match-best 16 digs defensively.
In the first set, New Hampshire was clinching to a 10-8 lead before a 6-1 run made it 16-9. The Seawolves would get as close as 21-19, but UNH captured the final four points of the set. The Wildcats had 13 kills and hit at a .220 clip.
In the second set was back-and-forth throughout with several ties and lead changes. New Hampshire was trailing 21-19, but used a 6-1 run to close out the set and take a 2-0 lead in the match. The 'Cats had 15 kills and took advantage of eight Stony Brook errors.
The Seawolves would bounce back and capture the third set. Stony Brook held a small lead for most of the set, but UNH rallied to tie it at 19-19. SBU was able to capitalize on some New Hampshire mistakes and closed out the set on a 6-1 run to force a fourth set.
The fourth and final set was all UNH as it opened up a 14-7 lead and later led 20-13. The Seawolves would try to cut into the Wildcat lead, but could not rally dropping the final set 25-16.
The Wildcats hit the road for three straight road matches starting with conference rival Albany on Friday, Oct. 12 (7 p.m.). UNH's next home match is Friday, Oct. 26 (7 p.m.) against Binghamton.