ALBANY, N.Y. – The University of New Hampshire volleyball team's winning streak ended at four games, as Albany defeated UNH 3-0 at SEFCU Arena Sunday afternoon. The set scores were 14-25, 16-25 and 20-25.
New Hampshire drops to 11-12 overall and 5-2 in America East play. UAlbany improves to 5-15, 5-2. The Wildcats and Great Danes now share first-place in the standings with Stony Brook (11-12, 5-2) and UMBC (14-8, 5-2).
Outside hitter Tori Forrest (Powder Springs, Ga.) paced the Wildcats offense, notching nine kills. Forrest also led the squad in digs, tallying 14 in the loss. Right side hitter Morgan Thatcher (Brockton, Mass.) and outside hitter Abby Brinkman (Brecksville, Ohio) assisted the offense, each recording six kills.
Setter Taylor Dunklau (Mukwonago, Wis.) directed the offense, racking up 23 assists. Defensive setters Madison Lightfoot (Clarkston, Mich.) and Sam Henke (Millersville, Md.) tallied dig totals of 12 and 11 respectively.
UNH won the initial point and was deadlocked at three to open the first set. After a 3-0 run by the Great Danes, Forrest and Thatcher tallied kills to trail UAlbany, 8-6. The Great Danes strung together another 3-point run, forcing the 'Cats to take a timeout, trailing 12-6. New Hampshire responded, earning four straight points, fueled by a pair of Forrest kills to trail by just two.
Following an UAlbany timeout, the Great Danes extended their lead, capturing nine of the next 11 points. Despite a late kill from Thatcher, UAlbany won the first set, 25-14.
New Hampshire and UAlbany exchanged the initial eight points of the second stanza at four apiece. The Great Danes then notched four straight points, leading 8-4. The Wildcats retaliated, tallying a 5-2 run and trailed by just one point. After trading the next two points, UAlbany constructed a 7-1 run, compelling UNH to take a timeout. Despite a pair of Brinkman kills, the Great Danes took the second frame, 25-16.
UAlbany continued their momentum in the third stanza, bolting out to a 7-3. New Hampshire chipped away at the Great Danes lead, fueled by a 5-1 run and trailed by one point, 11-10.
Following a Great Danes timeout, UAlbany tallied three of the next four points, compelling UNH to use its first timeout as well. The Wildcats remained within striking distance of the Great Danes, trailing 18-14 late in the set. However, UAlbany was able to preserve the lead, taking the deciding set, 25-20.
Volleyball returns to Lundholm Gymnasium, hosting UMass Lowell on Saturday, Oct. 26 at 2 p.m.