DURHAM, N.H.. - The University of New Hampshire volleyball team rolled past the University of Vermont, 3-0, at Lundholm Gymnasium in Wednesday night's America East opener for both teams. The game scores were 15-0, 15-2 and 15-10.
New Hampshire won its fifth consecutive match to improve to 10-7 overall. Vermont is now 0-11.
In Game 1, the Wildcats rolled out to a 12-0 advantage on their first service in the match by Stacy Barnett (Crystal Lake, Ill.), who had three service aces during the run. After edging out to 13-0 on the serve of Jillian Ross (Naperville, Ill.), a pair of service aces by Kelly Cutillo (West Islip, N.Y.) ended the game. The Wildcats had a perfect 1.000 hitting percentage with six kills.
UNH jumped out to a 10-2 advantage through one rotation of Game 2. Erin Ludwig (Franklin Lakes, N.J.) and Alyson Coler (Monte Sereno, Calif.), who combined for five service aces in the game, closed the game with strong serves.
Vermont overcame an early 3-0 deficit in Game 3 to take a 7-3 advantage. New Hampshire responded with six consecutive points to regain the lead, 9-7. UVM closed within 9-8 but the home team immediately surged to build a 14-8 lead. The Catamounts fought off two match points before succumbing on a kill by Ross.
New Hampshire's offense was spearheaded by 15 service aces, including four from both Barnett and Ludwig. Ross had a match-high six kills.
Vermont's Jamie Huggenvik and Laurie Sasser each recorded four kills.
New Hampshire returns to action this weekend with a pair of America East matches. The Wildcats play host to Maine on Oct. 7 and to Northeastern on Oct. 8. Both matches are at Lundholm Gymnasium and begin at 1 p.m.