Volleyball Cruises Past Providence in Straight Sets

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Junior Morgan Thatcher (Brockton, Mass.) recorded 15 kills and freshman Tori Forrest (Powder Springs, Ga.) posted her third straight double-double as the University of New Hampshire volleyball team swept Providence, 3-0, Saturday afternoon at Alumni Hall. 

New Hampshire (13-10, 5-2 AE) snapped a two-match skid with the win, while Providence fell to 1-24 overall and 0-7 in conference play.

Thatcher also led all players with a .387 hitting percentage, while Forrest registered 10 kills with a .292 hitting clip to pair with 12 digs. Sophomore Taylor Dunklau (Mukwonago, Wis.) posted a match-high 38 assists, and senior Jessie Schnepp (East Longmeadow, Mass.) chipped in with 13 digs on the defensive end. As a team, the Wildcats hit at a .314 clip. 

New Hampshire jumped out to a great start in the opening set, using an 8-2 run to break away from a 3-3 score for the 11-5 advantage. After a PC point, UNH continued to roll by means of a 7-1 stretch to increase the lead to 18-8. The Wildcats closed it out with a 7-4 run, including four kills by Thatcher during the stretch, to take the set at 25-12. UNH racked up 17 kills with a .378 hitting percentage in the stanza. 

In the second set, the teams were even at 5-5 until UNH rattled off six straight to move out in front at 11-5. Providence responded with a 5-1 run to pull within two at 12-10, but the visitors answered right back with five unanswered for the 17-10 lead. PC never trimmed the deficit to more than seven the rest of the way as the Wildcats went on to claim the set, 25-16, for the 2-0 lead. 

UNH held a slim 6-4 lead to open the third set, but then reeled off three straight as a Schnepp service ace pushed the Wildcats in front at 9-4. Providence pulled within three at 11-8, but the Wildcats responded with four unanswered for the 14-8 advantage. UNH maintained at least a five-point lead the rest of the way and cruised to a 25-20 win to seal the sweep. 

The Wildcats return to action on Friday, Oct. 26 when they host Binghamton in the annual Dig Pink match at 7 p.m. For more information on the Dig Pink cause, which serves to benefit breast cancer awareness, or to donate through the Side-Out Foundation, click HERE.

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