DURHAM, N.H. – Sophomore middle blocker Lindsay Fogarty (Pleasanton, Calif.) recorded a career-high 19 kills and hit at a .586 clip to pace the University of New Hampshire volleyball team to Sunday afternoon’s 3-1 America East victory against Binghamton University at Lundholm Gymnasium. The game scores were 29-31, 30-19, 30-24 and 30-23.
UNH, which played in front of a pink-splattered crowd of 503 during the Dig for the Cure event, improves to 17-7 overall, 6-3 in America East. Binghamton is now 15-15, 6-3.
Fogarty led three Wildcats in double figures in kills as Kirsten Bates (Calgary, Alberta) added 15 kills and Toni Barnas (Cary, Ill.) had 13. Kate Uitti (Pinckney, Mich.) set up the Wildcat offense with 59 assists.
Defensively, Alyse Lahti (Pepper Pike, Ohio) led five ‘Cats in double digits in digs with a match-high 25. She was followed by Uitti and Bates, who each had nine digs. Also of note defensively, Jessica Compton (Woodridge, Ill.) finished with a match-high seven blocks, while Fogarty, Uitti and Bates each had five.
Binghamton’s attack was led by Michelle McDonough (19 kills) and Ashley Allen (13). Lindsay Mueller tallied 41 assists and nine digs.
The Wildcats controlled the flow and the lead throughout most of the afternoon, including having two game-point opportunities in the first game that the Bearcats successfully killed off en route to the 31-29 come-from-behind win.
UNH jumped out to a big lead in Game 2 and never looked back in a 30-19 win.
The formula was similar in Game 3, while the game was close throughout, eventually the Wildcat attack prove to be too much in the 30-24 win. In the fourth and final game, UNH hit at a team-best .351 clip and went on to the 30-23 win.
The day was a special one for the volleyball team, which wore pink uniforms and helped raise over $2,500 for breast cancer during the “Dig for the Cure” event. Today’s match was one of over 60 matches in the nation that was part of the “Dig for the Cure.” New Hampshire returns to action on Friday, Nov. 2 at Hartford (6 p.m.). The Wildcats, who are 8-1 at home the season, return home on Sunday, Nov. 11 (1 p.m.) against Albany. The match, which is the regular-season finale, has been targeted as “Senior Day” when the program will honor the accomplishments of its four-player senior class.