New Hampshire volleyball fends off Brown, 3-1

Durham, N.H. - Junior outside hitters Lauren Knight (Cape Cod, Mass.) and Alyson Coler (Monte Sereno, Calif.) recorded 21and 20 kills, respectively, to lead the University of New Hampshire women's volleyball team to Friday night's 3-1 victory against Brown University at Lundholm Gymnasium. The game scores were 30-22, 30-21, 28-30 and 33-31.

With the Wildcats (7-9) leading 2-1, UNH gained match point in Game 4 when a Coler kill gave the 'Cats a 29-26 lead. The Bears (2-6) won four consecutive points to earn game point and force a decisive fifth game at 30-29 but a Brown service error tied the game at 30. A UNH service error gave game point back to the visitors, who could not capitalize as another kill by Coler, who had seven in the game, leveled the score, 31-31. Knight, who recorded nine kills in the fourth game, combined with Chelsea Hammer (Eden Prairie, Minn.) on a block to give the 'Cats a second match point, and this time UNH claimed victory on a Coler service ace.

New Hampshire cruised to a 30-22 victory in Game 1 on the strength of a .429 hitting percentage and six team blocks. Karen Harrington (Windham, N.H.) registered five of her match - and career - high 10 blocks in that game.

In Game 2, UNH's defense was the difference as Sasha Scott (North Branford, Conn.) recorded 10 of her match-high 24 digs and the team recorded six more blocks.

The Wildcats led 20-17 in Game 3 before Brown rallied to tie the score. With the Teams knotted at 22, the Bears - led by two kills from Ceneca Calvert (13 kills) and another by Karalyn Kuckenbecker (16) - won five consecutive points to take a 27-22 lead. UNH closed within a point at 29-28, but an attack by Lauren Gibbs resulted in a 'Cat ball handling error to extend the match to a fourth game.

UNH setter Erin Ludwig (Franklin Lakes, N.J.) recorded 44 assists and seven kills. Her counterpart, Leigh Martin, finished with 40 assists and 16 digs. Brown's Calvert registered a team-high 20 digs.

UNH returns to action Sept. 28 against St. Peter's College. Match time at Lundholm Gymnasium is 4 p.m. Earlier in the day (11a.m.), St. Peter's will play Brown.

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