DURHAM, N.H. – Junior Morgan Thatcher (Brockton, Mass.) and freshman Tori Forrest (Powder Springs, Ga.) registered 16 kills apiece, but the University of New Hampshire volleyball team fell at Albany, 3-1, for its first America East loss of the season Friday night at University Gymnasium.
New Hampshire (12-9, 4-1) snapped a seven-match winning streak, while Albany improved to 8-11 overall and remains perfect in conference play with a 5-0 record. Set scores in the match were 25-16, 20-25, 22-25 and 20-25.
Forrest also racked up 12 digs to earn her second double-double of the season, while freshman Brenna Buckwalter (Evergreen, Colo.) reached double-figures with 10 kills. Senior Jansan Falcusan led all players with 49 assists, while senior Jessie Schnepp (East Longmeadow, Mass.) and sophomore Sam Henke racked up 29 and 24 digs, respectively. Junior Destiny Tolliver (Rochester, Mich.) added a match-high seven blocks defensively.
UNH jumped put to an 8-5 lead to open the first set and then rattled off six straight to move out in front, 14-5. The Wildcats were in control throughout the remainder of the stanza, totaling 15 kills for a .351 hitting percentage en route to a 25-16 victory for the 1-0 lead.
The Great Danes bounced back in the second set as the home side broke away from a slim 6-5 lead with four consecutive points for the 10-5 advantage. After Albany stretched its lead to nine at 20-11, the Wildcats trimmed the deficit to four on three occasions, but could not get closer as the Great Danes held on for the 25-20 win.
The teams were evenly matched at 14-14 in the third set before the Great Danes netted four straight to take the lead at 18-14. UNH would not back down and pulled within two, 23-21, on back-to-back kills by Forrest, but the home side captured the set at 25-22 for the 2-1 advantage.
In the fourth set, Albany padded a slim 11-10 lead with three straight for the 14-10 advantage. Facing a 17-12 deficit, UNH rattled off four consecutive points to pull within one at 17-16. However, UNH could not even the score, as the Great Danes went on to capture the set at 25-20 to seal the victory.
The Wildcats return to action on Saturday, Oct. 13 when they visit Hartford at 6 p.m.