DURHAM, N.H. – The University of New Hampshire women’s volleyball team remained perfect (5-0) at home capturing a 3-1 win over America East foe Maine on Monday night at Lundholm Gymnasium. Sophomore middle blocker Lindsay Fogarty (Pleasanton, Calif.) recorded a team-best 16 kills to pace four Wildcats in double figures. The game scores were 30-26, 30-19, 30-32 and 30-25. UNH improves to 13-6 overall and evens it conference mark to 2-2, while Maine falls to 1-16 overall, 0-4.
In Game 1 with the match 18-18, UNH went on an 11-2 run to distance itself from Maine before capturing a 30-26 win. In Game 2 UNH led 19-16 before a 6-0 spurt to helped the team pull away and take a 2-0 lead. In Game 3 the Wildcats led 18-12, but the Black Bears captured 12 of the next 14 points to take a 24-20 lead and eventually captured the 32-30 win after fighting off three match points. Game 4 was a back-and-forth affair as the teams were knotted at 21 when UNH rattled off five-straight points and went on to capture the game and the match victory.
In addition to Fogarty, seniors Emmy Blouin (St. Albert, Alberta) and Toni Barnas (Cary, Ill.) had 12 kills a piece, while sophomore Kirsten Bates (Calgary, Alberta) rounded out top hitters with 10 kills. Sophomore Kate Uitti (Pinckney, Mich.) continues to set the stage for the Wildcats registering a match-best 51 assists. Uitti has record 50-plus assists in each of the last six matches for the Wildcats. Rounding out top performers for UNH were Alyse Lahti (Pepper Pike, Ohio) and Sara Heldman (Greenwood, Ind.), who each recorded a match-best 19 defensive digs.
UNH registered 63 kills in the match with a .229 hitting percentage. The ‘Cats had 11 kills in Game 1, 18 kills in Game 2 with a match-best .385 percentage and 17 kills in Games 3 and 4.
The Wildcat volleyball team looks to continue its home success as they play host to Stony Brook University on Friday night. Match time for UNH’s annual “Pack the Arena” night is 7 p.m. at Lundholm Gymnasium. Tickets are available online at www.unhwildcats.com. This match will be streamed online at unhwildcats.tv. Wildcat fans can purchase events on a per game basis for $6.95 or they can purchase the annual subscription for $79.95.