DURHAM, N.H. - The University of New Hampshire volleyball team combined for a hitting percentage of .393 as the Wildcats dominated the Hartford Hawks, 30-28, 30-16, and 30-14, for their first conference win of the season Sunday afternoon at Lundholm Gymnasium.
Hartford was able to stay in the first game by hitting at the same clip as UNH, but after 12 ties and four lead changes, the Wildcats pulled out the game one victory. After that, the hosts took an early lead in both games two and three and pressured the Hartford attack, forcing the Hawks into a negative hitting percentage in the final two games.
Senior outside hitter Erin Walker (Fulton, N.Y.) led the Wildcats with 16 kills and three service aces, plus she earned three blocks and a .433 hitting percentage in the match. Sophomore Emmy Blouin (St. Albert, Alberta) converted on nine of her 11 kill attempts in the final two games, finishing with 13 kills, four total blocks, and a .526 hitting percentage.
Karen Harrington (Windham, N.H.) finished the afternoon with eight kills, two service aces, two blocks, and a .462 hitting percentage. Lucia Bridova (Bratislava, Slovakia) ran a solid offense all day, earning 38 assists, while senior Katie Steffens (Monroe, Conn.) led all players with five blocks.
Jennifer Monroy led Hartford (8-13, 0-5 America East) with seven kills, with Gillian Ryan and Teri Connolly each earning six kills. UNH's Callie Webster (Mercer Island, Wash.) led all players with eight defensive digs, while Mary Frances Feldman notched six digs to lead the Hawks.
New Hampshire (4-16, 1-4 America East) goes on the road next weekend for two conference matches, traveling to Stony Brook to face the Seawolves Friday, Oct. 21, at 7 p.m. before facing UMBC in Baltimore Sunday, Oct. 23, at 1 p.m. The next home match for the Wildcats is Friday, Oct. 28, against conference leader Binghamton at Lundholm Gym at 7 p.m.