DURHAM, N.H. - The UNH Wildcats outplayed the Binghamton Bearcats throughout the evening, sweeping the visitors, 30-15, 30-20, and 30-27, Friday night at Lundholm Gymnasium.
The Wildcats got off to an impressive start, earning 20 kills in 40 attempts without a single error for a .500 hitting percentage. The Bearcats got as close as 9-7 in the first game, but then UNH went on a 13-2 run to pull away. Erin Walker (Fulton, N.Y.) led the team with seven kills in nine attempts for a .778 hitting percentage in game one.
Binghamton (17-15, 7-6 America East) stayed with the Wildcats in game two, as three consecutive kills by Michele Heck gave the Bearcats a 16-15 lead. UNH stormed ahead with an 11-1 run and then closed out game two with a kill from Amy Dai (Calgary, Alberta).
After the intermission, the two teams fought back and forth throughout the third game, each team taking its turn with the lead. With the Bearcats up 24-22, Emmy Blouin (St. Albert, Alberta) started the UNH rally with a kill, and the Wildcats outscored their opponents 8-3 to finish the game and the match.
Walker finished the match with 15 kills and a .344 hitting percentage, while Blouin earned 14 kills and a .355 hitting percentage. Natasha Otte (Plymouth, N.H.) played a solid all-around match, contributing seven kills, 13 digs, and three blocks to the victory. Senior libero Jen Williams (Mountain View, Calif.) caused problems for Binghamton all night from the back with four service aces and ten digs.
Heck was the top performer for the Bearcats with 13 kills and 13 digs, as well as two service aces and two blocks. Binghamton setter Ashley Meffert added 29 assists and ten digs, while Jennifer Smith had eight kills and 12 digs.
New Hampshire (9-19, 5-8 America East) concludes the 2004 season Saturday afternoon against conference leader Albany at 4 p.m. at Lundholm Gymnasium. It is Senior Day, as Otte and Williams will be playing their final matches in their stellar collegiate careers.