October 25, 2012

Volleyball Plays Host to Binghamton and UMBC

DURHAM, N.H. – The University of New Hampshire volleyball team takes on Binghamton on Friday in the annual Dig Pink match at 7 p.m. The Wildcats will also play host to UMBC on Sunday (1 p.m.) for Kids' Club Clinic and Professor Appreciation Day.

The State of New Hampshire || The UNH volleyball team swept past Providence, 3-0, last Saturday to snap a two-match skid and enters this weekend at 13-10 overall and 5-2 in America East play. The Wildcats currently rank second in the conference standings and trail only league-leading Albany (7-0). Junior Morgan Thatcher (Brockton, Mass.) has racked up double-digit kills in each of the last 10 matches, while freshman Tori Forrest (Powder Springs, Ga.) has notched three-straight double-double performances. As a team, UNH leads the conference in assists (11.80) and kills (12.74).

Scouting Binghamton || The Binghamton volleyball team (7-16, 4-3) enters Friday's match ranked fourth in the conference standings. The Bearcats have split its last four matches, including a 3-1 loss at UMBC last weekend, despite a couple of double-digit kill performances by Kristin Hovie (13) and Iva Partaleva (11) to pair with Amanda Dettmann's 38 assists. Junior Grace Vickers leads the conference with a .268 hitting percentage while the team also paces the league in hitting with a .207 clip.

How Sweep It Is || UNH swept all three weekly conference awards following a 3-0 win over Providence in the team's lone match of the week. Thatcher earned her fourth Player of the Week award, sophomore Taylor Dunklau (Mukwonago, Wis.) was named the Setter of the Week and Forrest picked her second-straight Rookie of the Week honor. Collectively, the trio has racked up 10 weekly awards this season, giving the Wildcats 12 overall.

All-Time Series vs. Binghamton || UNH is 11-9 all-time against Binghamton. Most recently, the Wildcats picked up a 3-1 victory at Binghamton earlier this season, led by Thatcher's match-high 17 kills.

Dig Pink || Friday's match against Binghamton will also serve as the team's annual Dig Pink match. New Hampshire will join hundreds of teams from across the country in benefiting the Side-Out Foundation, an organization dedicated to raising funds to support breast cancer research and education programs. Contributions will be taken at the door and Dig Pink attire will also be available for sale with all proceeds going to the Side-Out Foundation. Fans are also encouraged to show their support and wear pink in the stands. For more information about the event, please contact stacy.barnett@unh.edu, or to make a donation by mail, please visit www.side-out.org.

Scouting UMBC || UMBC (11-13, 4-3) enters the weekend ranked third in the conference, but will visit Providence on Friday before Sunday's match at New Hampshire. UMBC has won four of its last five, including two straight with a pair of home victories over Stony Brook and Binghamton. Katie Kelly and Hannah Schmidt each recorded a career-high in kills in the win over Binghamton with 14 and 19, respectively. Emily Witsaman leads the conference in blocks with 1.16 rejections per set. As a team, the Retrievers pace the league in blocks (2.11) and service aces (1.46).

All-Time Series vs. UMBC || UNH is 10-9 all-time against UMBC. UNH broke the 9-9 even record earlier this season with a win at UMBC as four different Wildcats posted double-figures in kills.

Kids' Club Clinic || The UNH volleyball team will be hosting a free Wildcat Kids' Club clinic on Sunday, Oct. 28 following the team's America East match against UMBC at 1 p.m. The clinic is available to children of all ages and features a meet-and-greet autograph session as well as an instructional clinic with members of the UNH volleyball team on the basic fundamentals of the game, including hitting, serving and defense. For more information about the event, please contact stacy.barnett@unh.edu or call 603-862-4664.

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