DURHAM, N.H. - The University of New Hampshire volleyball team held a 14-11 lead in the fifth game, but could not close out the match as the UMBC Retrievers scored five unanswered points to defeat the Wildcats in five games, 25-30, 30-17, 28-30, 30-22, 16-14, Friday evening at Lundholm Gymnasium.
Three Wildcats reached double figures in kills, led by Emmy Blouin's (St. Albert, Alberta) 15 kills. Blouin also earned 17 digs and two service aces. Caitlin Dowd (Portsmouth, N.H.) and Erin Walker (Fulton, N.Y.) earned 12 kills each, with Dowd contributing 20 digs and three service aces as well. Freshman setter Lucia Bridova (Bratislava, Slovakia) notched 51 assists during the match.
On the defensive side for UNH, libero Callie Webster (Mercer Island, Wash.) led all players with 24 digs. Karen Harrington (Windham, N.H.) and Bridova led the Wildcats at the net with five blocks, with Katie Steffens (Monroe, Conn.) and Amy Dai (Calgary, Alberta) each earning three blocks.
UMBC (10-11, 3-2 America East) was led by freshman Sarah Ball, who earned 17 kills in a match-high 67 attempts, plus contributed 14 defensive digs. Angela Anderson added 12 kills, while Ashley Hargrove notched seven kills and four blocks.
Retriever setter Megan Gross ran a solid offense, earning 45 assists to go along with 21 digs and three service aces. Libero Christine Skala led her team with 22 defensive digs, while Jessie Folk earned five block assists to lead UMBC.
New Hampshire (3-16, 0-4 America East) will look to earn its first home victory on Sunday, October 16, against the Hartford Hawks at 1 p.m. at Lundholm Gymnasium.