DURHAM, N.H. – Head Coach Jill Hirschinger became the 15th active NCAA head coach to record 600 career wins as she guided the University of New Hampshire volleyball team to a 3-2 victory against Binghamton on Saturday afternoon at Lundholm Gymnasium. The game scores were 30-27, 18-30, 31-33, 30-25 and 15-11.
    The Wildcats improve to 11-15 overall and 6-5 in the America East standings, while Binghamton drops to 8-3 in conference and 14-16 overall. The Wildcats are now tied for third place in the conference standings with Maryland-Baltimore County. A Wildcat win against UMBC tomorrow would clinch them a spot in America East playoffs for the first time in three years.
    Freshman outside hitter Lindsey Loescher (Crystal Lake, Ill.) recorded a career-high 19 kills, a .302 hitting percentage and eight digs filling in for senior co-captain Sarah Rehn (Oceanside, Calif.) who missed the match due to illness. Sophomore co-captain Toni Barnas (Cary, Ill.) returned to the lineup after missing 12 matches due to injury. Barnas was an important part of the Wildcats comeback against the Bearcats, as she tied a season-high with 15 kills and a match-high .500 hitting percentage.
    Freshman outside hitter Kirsten Bates (Calgary, Alberta) and junior middle blocker Jessica Compton (Woodridge, Ill.) registered 13 and 11 kills respectively. Compton also added an impressive .375 hitting percentage and five blocks, while Bates also had a big day on defense with 17 digs.
    Freshman setter Kate Uitti (Pinckney, Mich.) accumulated a career-high 68 assists running the Wildcat offense, while libero Alyse Lahti (Pepper Pike, Ohio) finished the match with 21 digs in the win for the ‘Cats.
    UNH wraps up the regular-season schedule on Sunday, Nov. 12 against Maryland-Baltimore County. Match time on Senior Day is 1 p.m. at Lundholm Gym.
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