New Hampshire volleyball wins two matches at Harvard Invy

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - The University of New Hampshire volleyball team defeated Wagner College and Harvard University in Saturday's competition of the Harvard Invitational, but no champion was crowned because Northeastern also defeated both of those teams Friday night.

With a four-match winning streak, UNH is now 9-7 on the season.

In Saturday's matinee, New Hampshire needed just 55 minutes to dispatch Wagner by a score of 15-7, 15-11, 15-1. Senior Jillian Ross (Naperville, Ill.), who was named to the All-Tournament Team, led the 'Cat attack with a match-high 10 kills and a .350 hitting percentage; she also had a match-high 10 digs. Fellow All-Tournament Team selection Alyson Coler (Monte Sereno, Calif.), a freshman, contributed 10 kills. Classmates Lyndsey Stults (Fort Wayne, Ind.; eight kills) and Chelsea Hammer (Eden Prairie, Minn.; six blocks) were also impressive. Erin Ludwig (Franklin Lakes, N.J.), another rookie, quarterbacked the offense with 21 assists.

In the final match of the tourney, New Hampshire was a 15-12, 15-12, 9-15, 15-8 winner against Harvard. Senior Katie Jentes (Madbury, N.H.) led the Wildcats with 21 kills and a .349 hitting percentage. Ross had 17 kills and once again led the 'Cats in digs with 18. Coler contributed 13 kills and 12 digs while senior Jennifer Walker (Fulton, N.Y.) had eight kills and eight blocks. Stacy Barnett (Crystal Lake, Ill.), another senior, set the offense with 54 assists.

Wagner fell to 3-14 on the season and Harvard is now 6-7.

New Hampshire returns to action Oct. 4 in Durham with its America East opener against Vermont.

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