Thatcher Leads Volleyball Over UMBC, 3-2

DURHAM, N.H. – Junior Morgan Thatcher (Brockton, Mass.) led all players with 22 kills and freshman Tori Forrest (Powder Springs, Ga.) posted her fifth straight double-double as the University of New Hampshire volleyball team downed UMBC, 3-2, Sunday afternoon at Lundholm Gymnasium.

New Hampshire improved to 14-11 overall and 6-3 in America East, while UMBC drops to 12-14 and 5-4 in conference action.

Forrest racked up 14 kills to pair with 11 digs, while sophomore Taylor Dunklau (Mukwonago, Wis.) also posted a double-double with 45 assists and 12 digs. Senor Jessie Schnepp (East Longmeadow, Mass.) and sophomore Sam Henke (Millersville, Md.) registered 21 and 11 digs, respectively.

New Hampshire opened with a great start in the first set, padding a five-point lead with six unanswered as a kill by Forrest pushed the Wildcats in front, 18-8. UMBC responded with a 5-1 run, but could not get closer than six as the home side held on for the 25-16 win.

The teams were all knotted up at 10-10 to kick off the second stanza. From there, the squads swapped points until UNH broke away from a 21-21 tie with four straight as a pair of Thatcher kills sealed the 25-21 victory.

UMBC answered back after the break and padded a two-point advantage with three straight for the 12-7 lead. UNH stormed back and pulled within one at 13-12, but could not even the score as the Retrievers took the set, 25-16.

The Retrievers cruised to a 25-11 victory in the fourth set. UMBC opened with an 8-5 lead and then rattled off a 12-1 stretch to move in front, 19-6, before closing it out to force a fifth and final set.

In that set, the teams were all evened up at seven points apiece before UNH took advantage of two attack errors and followed with a kill by Forrest for the 10-7 lead. UMBC battled back to within one at 11-10 and again at 13-12 but the Wildcats ended with a kill by Abby Brinkman (Brecksville, Ohio) to take the set, 15-13, and seal the win.

The Wildcats return to action on Sunday, Nov. 4 when they visit Stony Brook at 1 p.m.

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