SERVICE CREDIT UNION STUDENT-ATHLETE SPOTLIGHT and UNH WILDCAT WEEKLY ROUNDUP
August 27, 2012
DURHAM, N.H. – Destiny Tolliver (Rochester, Mich.) of the volleyball team and Jordan Thomas (Mohnton, Pa.) of the men’s soccer team are featured in this week's Service Credit Union Student-Athlete Spotlight. This information and more can be found in the Wildcat Weekly Roundup.
Destiny Tolliver, volleyball
Destiny, a junior right side hitter from Rochester, Michigan, was named to the Villanova Classic All-Tournament Team following the conclusion of the two-day volleyball tourney that spanned Aug. 24-25.
She recorded a career-high 21 kills, .405 hitting percentage, nine digs and three blocks in the five-set loss to Villanova University. Overall, she led the Wildcats with 40 kills in three matches with a .292 hitting percentage, 19 digs and six blocks.
Destiny tallied 11 kills, six digs and two blocks in the five-set loss to Maryland after opening the 2012 season with eight kills, .294 hitting percentage, four digs and one block in a straight-set victory against Robert Morris.
In 2011 as a sophomore, she ranked second on the team in both solo blocks (15) and total blocks (59). Destiny also finished second in blocks as a freshman with 65 and was fourth in kills (125) en route to being named to the America East All-Rookie Team.
Jordan Thomas, men’s soccer
Jordan, a senior forward from Mohnton, Pennsylvania, lifted the men’s soccer team to a 1-0 road victory in double overtime against Michigan State on Aug. 26. He scored 2:26 into the second overtime session to end the game and lift the Wildcats’ record to 1-1-0. It was Jordan’s second shot of the match and seventh overall by the ‘Cats.
It marked Jordan’s first goal since Sept. 12, 2010, when he struck against Presbyterian. Later that season, he set up the game-winning goal UMass (Sept. 25).
As a freshman in the 2009 season, Jordan was UNH’s top rookie scorer with seven points (three goals, one assist); he played in 18 games and was in the starting lineup twice. Jordan started 10 of 19 games in 2010 and finished with three points (one goal, one assist). Last year as a junior, Jordan started all 18 matches.
Taylor Dunklau, volleyball – America East Setter of the Week
Friday, August 24
Women’s soccer: UNH 2, Fairfield 0 (at Vermont)
Volleyball: UNH 3, Robert Morris 0 (at Villanova)
Field hockey: Massachusetts 2, at #18 UNH 1 [overtime]
Men’s soccer: Oakland 3, UNH 0 (at Rochester, Mich.)
Saturday, August 25
Volleyball: Maryland 3, UNH 2 (at Villanova)
Volleyball: at Villanova 3, UNH 2
Sunday, August 26
Men’s soccer: UNH 1, at Michigan State 0 [double overtime]
Field hockey: #15 Ohio State 1, #18 UNH 0
Women’s soccer: Central Connecticut State 4, UNH 0 (at Vermont)
Tuesday, August 28
Volleyball vs. Northeastern, 7 pm
Thursday, August 30
Football at Holy Cross, 7:30 pm
Friday, August 31
Women’s cross country vs. Providence; Maine, 1 pm
Men’s cross country vs. Providence; Maine, 2 pm
Men’s soccer vs. Marist, 7 pm
Volleyball at Rutgers Invitational
vs. Rhode Island, 3pm // vs. Rutgers, 7 pm
Field Hockey at Brown, 3 pm
Women’s soccer at Northeastern, 6 pm
Saturday, September 1
Volleyball vs. Iona (at Rutgers), 12 pm
Sunday, September 2
Women’s soccer at Brown, 5 pm
Men’s soccer at Penn, 6 pm
MEN’S CROSS COUNTRY
- The UNH men’s cross country team opens the 2012 season this week with the first of three races on its home course at College Woods – Aug. 31 against Providence College and Maine.
- The Wildcats will also host a Pre-Conference Meet on Sept. 14 and the America East Championships on Oct. 27.
- Senior Cory Sinotte (Hooksett, N.H.), junior Nathaniel Hathaway (Scarborough, Maine), and sophomores John Prizzi (Wyckoff, N.J.) and Jeff Moretti (Guilford, Conn.) are the team’s top returning harriers from last year’s America East and NCAA regional races.
WOMEN’S CROSS COUNTRY
- The UNH women’s cross country team opens the season Aug. 31 against Providence College and Maine in the first of three home meets of 2012. The Wildcats will also race at College Woods on Sept. 14 (Pre-Conference Meet) and Oct. 27 for the America East Championships.
- Senior Keely Maguire (Georgetown, Mass.) earned a place on the 2011 NCAA All-Northeast Region Team by virtue of her 24th-place finish at the Northeast Regional.
- Senior Darcy James (Exeter, N.H.) and junior Elise Beattie (Woodstock, Ill.) were named to the 10-member America East All-Academic Team. Beattie placed 10th at the conference championship meet and James followed in 11th place.
- UNH is coming off a strong 2011 campaign in which the ‘Cats tied for second at the America East Championships and placed 12th at the NCAA Regional.
- Sophomore Chelsey Serrano (Manchester, N.H.) and senior Erin Phillips (Belmont, N.H.) were two of the other top runners at those meets.
FIELD HOCKEY (0-2 overall, 0-0 America East)
- The 18th-ranked UNH field hockey team opened the 2012 season last weekend at home with a 2-1 overtime loss to UMass and a 1-0 setback to 15th-ranked Ohio State University.
- Carlie Tarbell (Wakefield, Mass.) recorded a career-high seven saves, including four in the second half, against Ohio State.
- Hannah Richard (Hopkinton, N.H.) potted the Wildcats’ lone goal of the weekend when she tied the score, 1-1, in the 29th minute vs. UMass.
- Meg Flatley (Townsend, Mass.), who didn’t see any game action a year ago after joining the team as a walk-on, recorded her first career point with an assist on Richard’s goal.
- Flatley was one of seven Wildcats who made their collegiate debut last weekend. She was also one of those four who was in the starting lineup vs. UMass. Two other ‘Cats made their first start against Ohio State.
FOOTBALL (0-0 overall, 0-0 CAA)
- The 14th-ranked UNH football team, which has advanced to the FCS tournament eight consecutive years, which marks the longest active streak by any team, opens the 2012 season Aug. 30 (7:30 p.m.) at the College of the Holy Cross.
- Senior linebacker and captain Matt Evans (Hanover, Mass.) was named the 17th Buck Buchanan Award winner as the national defensive player of the year in the Football Championship Subdivision (FCS) and was named to eight All-America Teams a year ago.
- Senior offensive lineman and captain Chris Zarkoskie (West Caldwell, N.J.) was named to the 14th annual Football Championship Subdivision Athletic Directors Association (FCS ADA) Academic All-Star Team and was also voted to the 2011 Capital One Academic All-District Football Team (selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America).
- The offense also boasts All-CAA selections Joey Orlando (Bethlehem, Pa.) and R.J. Harris (Odenton, Md.) at wide receiver, Ricky Archer (The Plains, Va.) and Seamus O’Neill (Manchester, N.H.) on the offensive line and placekicker Mike MacArthur (North Hampton, N.H.).
MEN’S SOCCER (1-1-0 overall, 0-0-0 America East)
- The UNH men’s soccer team opened the 2012 season with a 3-0 loss to Oakland University in Rochester, Mich. but responded with a 1-0 road victory in double overtime against Michigan State.
- Senior forward Jordan Thomas (Mohnton, Pa.), who hadn’t scored a goal since Sept. 12, 2010, scored at 102:26 – 2:26 into the second overtime – to lift the Wildcats to a 1-0 victory at Michigan State on Aug. 26.
- Senior midfielder Josh Bronner (Belchertown, Mass.) set up the Wildcats’ lone goal of the weekend with a free kick into the box.
- Sophomore goalkeeper Travis Worra (Lancaster, Pa.) stopped all seven shots on target to record his sixth career shutout.
- In his collegiate debut, sophomore goalie Blake Dawn (San Marino, Calif.) made two saves vs. Oakland, which scored goals 38 seconds apart late in the first half to quickly build a two-goal lead.
- UNH plays its home opener Friday, Aug. 31 (7 p.m.) vs. Marist College under the lights at Bremner Field.
WOMEN’S SOCCER (1-1-0 overall, 0-0-0 America East)
- The UNH women’s soccer team opened the 2012 season last weekend at the TD Bank Vermont Classic with a 2-0 win against Fairfield University and a 4-0 loss to Central Connecticut State.
- In her collegiate debut, Kirstyn Corder (Overland Park, Kan.) scored a goal in the 38th minute to give the Wildcats a 1-0 lead vs. Fairfield and set up the second goal of the game in the 66th minute.
- Meghan Ledwith (Yardley, Pa.), who tied for the team lead in points last season, scored on a header off Corder’s corner kick to score UNH’s other goal.
- Erica Correa (Cheshire, Conn.) recorded five saves vs. Fairfield for her eighth career shutout.
- The Wildcats’ home opener is Sept. 7 (7 p.m.) against the University of Rhode Island under the lights at Bremner Field.
VOLLEYBALL (1-2 overall, 0-0 America East)
- The UNH volleyball team opened the 2012 season last weekend at the Villanova Classic and returned home with a straight-set win against Robert Morris and a five-set loss to both Maryland and Villanova.
- Destiny Tolliver (Rochester, Mich.) was named to the All-Tournament Team. She led the Wildcats with 40 kills in three matches, and that included a career-high 21 vs. ‘Nova. Tolliver had an impressive .405 hitting percentage – and also had nine digs and three blocks – in that match.
- Victoria Forrest (Powder Springs, Ga.) had an impressive collegiate debut with 11 kills and a .526 hitting percentage vs. Robert Morris. She followed that with a team-high 13 kills, three blocks and two digs against Maryland.
- Taylor Dunklau (Mukowonago, Wis.) recorded a career-high 52 assists in the final match of the weekend vs. Villanova. She finished with 36 assists in the win vs. Robert Morris and then tallied 43 assists against Maryland. For the weekend, Dunklau averaged 10.08 assists per set to earn the America East Setter of the Week award.
- Morgan Thatcher (Brockton, Mass.) and Delaney Dameron (Alpharetta, Ga.) both recorded five blocks and double digits in kills – 13 and 11, respectively – against ‘Nova. Thatcher was also credited with 13 kills vs. Robert Morris and 12 against UMD.
- Jessie Schnepp (East Longmeadow, Mass.) recorded 27 digs and four service aces against Maryland, then once again led UNH’s defensive effort vs. Villanova with 38 digs.
- The Wildcats’ home opener is Aug. 28 (7 p.m.) vs. Northeastern.