DURHAM, N.H. - The University of New Hampshire women's volleyball team utilized a balanced attack to roll past the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, 3-0, in Friday night's America East conference match at Lundholm Gymnasium. The game scores were 30-20, 30-21 and 30-23.
UNH, which had a team hitting percentage of .323, won its third consecutive match to improve to 14-10 overall and 5-1 in America East while UMBC, which hit at a .058 clip as a team, is now 13-11 and 2-4 in league play.
Alyson Coler (Monte Sereno, Calif.) and Erin Walker (Fulton, N.Y.) both recorded a team-high nine kills for UNH. Karen Harrington (Windham, N.H.) followed with eight kills and Natasha Otte (Plymouth, N.H.) finished with seven. Anne Davis (Groveland, Ill.) was the starting setter and was credited with 17 assists before exiting midway through the match. Katie Weidner (Warrenville, Ill.) set the 'Cat attack the rest of the way and compiled 15 assists.
Game 1 consisted of numerous runs. The Wildcats trailed 7-4 in the opening game, but won seven consecutive points - four on kills by Walker - to take an 11-7 lead. The Retrievers rallied to regain the lead, 12-11, but UNH responded with a five-point run to go back in front, 16-12. With the scored tied at 17, the 'Cats reeled off four consecutive points and then Otte, behind three aces, served the Wildcats to a 27-18 lead. Harrington closed out the first game with one of her match's eight kills.
UMBC started strong once again in Game 2 to build leads of 3-0, 5-2 and 7-4. The Wildcats rallied behind Coler to take a 14-11 advantage, and the Retrievers never trimmed the deficit below two points the rest of the game.
The early-game trend continued in the third game as the visitors took an early 4-1 lead. New Hampshire trailed 11-7 but won seven consecutive points to go in front, 14-11, and never relinquished that lead.
UMBC was led offensively by Jocelyn Teoh's match-high 17 kills. She also had a team-best 13 digs and tied Jessie Folk for the lead in blocks with five.
UNH's defensive effort was led by Sasha Scott (N. Branford, Conn.) with 15 digs and Jen Williams (Mountain View, Calif.) with 10.
New Hampshire returns to action at home Oct. 25 vs. Binghamton University. Match time at Lundholm Gymnasium is 7 p.m.