Volleyball Falls to Terrapins 3-0 to Open the Maryland Tournament

COLLEGE PARK, Md. – The University of New Hampshire volleyball team competed in the first game of the Maryland Tournament. New Hampshire fell to the host Terrapins 3-0 at the Comcast Center Friday evening.

The defeat to Maryland (6-1, 0-0 ACC) came by set scores of 15-25, 19-25 and 19-25.

Abby Brinkman
(Brecksville, Ohio), Cassidy Croci (Sylvania, Ohio) and Morgan Thatcher (Brockton, Mass.) each had six kills in the losing effort for New Hampshire (5-4, 0-0 America East). Junior setter Taylor Dunklau (Mukwonago, Wis.) orchestrated the offense, tallying 27 assists. Sophomore defensive setter Madison Lightfoot (Clarkston, Mich.), paced the defensive effort, posting 14 digs. Freshman Demi Muses (Orangevale, Calif), tallied a career-high three service aces and a kill.

Mary Cushman registered a game-high ten kills for the Terrapins. Amy Dion dished out 13 assists in the win. Ashleigh Crutcher and Sarah Harper tallied 14 and 12 digs respectively, anchoring the Maryland defense.

In set one, UNH jumped out to a 5-2 lead as Croci struck a pair of kills early. However, the Terrapins were able to level the score quickly at nine all. Maryland began to pull away in the first stanza, taking eight of the next 12 points. New Hampshire could not rally as Maryland captured set one, 25-15.

New Hampshire and Maryland exchanged points to start the second set. The Wildcats carved out a 10-7 lead, powered from Brinkman and Thatcher. Maryland stormed back, stringing together eight straight points and taking a 16-11 lead. Despite the 'Cats efforts, the Terps maintained their lead, taking the second set, 25-19.

Maryland bolted out to a 10-3 in the third set of play. New Hampshire rallied back, reducing the deficit to three on a pair of kills by Brenna Buckwalter (Evergreen, Colo.) and three services from Muses. The Wildcats were able to cut the Terrapins lead to just two, midway through the set. However, an all-around effort from Maryland was enough to put away the Wildcats in the deciding set, 25-19.

The Wildcats will play two matches Saturday, Sept. 14 to finish off the Maryland Tournament. New Hampshire will take on Villanova at 11 a.m. and George Mason at 5 p.m.

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