DURHAM, N.H. – The University of New Hampshire volleyball team rolled past Drexel University in straight games, 15-5, 15-3, 15-0, Saturday afternoon at Lundholm Gymnasium.
UNH, which never trailed in the match, improved to 18-9 overall and 9-2 in America East. Drexel is now 7-21 and 2-7 in the league.
The difference in the match was hitting percentage. UNH had 25 kills and eight errors for a .293 hitting percentage while the visitors committed 25 errors and recorded 14 kills for a -.159 hitting percentage. The ‘Cats also had an 11-1 advantage in service aces.
Kim Mirts-Poen (Essex, Iowa) registered a match-high six kills and also had six digs and three blocks. Katie Jentes (Madbury, N.H.) contributed five kills and six digs. Stacy Barnett (Crystal Lake, Ill.) quarterbacked the offense in the first two games and was credited with 13 assists. Erin Ludwig (Franklin Lakes, N.J.) directed the attack in Game 3 and finished with 10 assists.
Drexel’s Nadine Closs had a team-high four kills.
In Game 1, New Hampshire jumped out to a 3-0 lead and later reeled off six consecutive points on Kelly Cutillo’s (West Islip, N.Y.) serve to end the game. The Wildcats scored the first two points in Game 2 before the Dragons rallied to tie the score, 2-2. UNH responded with six straight points to put the game away. Ludwig set the tone in Game 3 by opening with three service aces. The ‘Cats led 9-0 through one rotation and closed out the match behind the serves of Cutillo and Sasha Scott (N. Brandord, Conn.).
The UNH volleyball team returns to action Oct. 29 for a Senior Day battle against Towson University. Match time is 1 p.m. at Lundholm Gymnasium.