HEMPSTEAD, N.Y. - The University of New Hampshire volleyball team, in its fourth-consecutive conference final with Hofstra University, fell to the Pride, 3-1, in Sunday's America East championship match at the Hofstra Physical Fitness Center.
Despite match-highs of 24 kills from senior Jillian Ross (Naperville, Ill.) and 59 assists from senior Stacy Barnett (Crystal Lake, Ill.), the Wildcats were unable to offset the Pride's balanced-attack, 15-12, 13-15, 15-12, 15-12.
After dropping the first set, 15-12, UNH tied the match at one set apiece in the second, 13-15. The Wildcats were up, 12-7, in the third set but the Pride battled back to take it 15-12.
Stefanie Rewitz, the America East Player of the Year, led Hofstra with 20 kills and 11 digs, including eight kills in the decisive fourth game. An evenly played match, the Pride edged the Wildcats in hitting-percentage, .250 to .222.
Senior Kim Mirts-Poen (Essex, Iowa) had a match-high 16 digs for the Wildcats. Senior Katie Jentes (Madbury, N.H.) posted 12 kills and 11 digs. Senior Jen Walker (Fulton, N.Y.) had 13 kills and sophomore Lauren Knight (Centerville, Mass.) pitched in with 11 kills.
Hofstra, the defending champion, has won three of last four conference finals over UNH. The Wildcats won in '98, 3-1.