Box Scores: (Evansville) | (Seton Hall)
DURHAM, N.H. – The University of New Hampshire volleyball team concluded play at Holly Young Invitational with a split on Saturday at Lundholm Gymnasium. The Wildcats dropped match one 3-1, to Evansville, while they defeated tournament champion Seton Hall in the tournament’s finale, 3-1. The Pirates captured the title at the invitational with a 2-1 record and wins over Evansville and Rhode Island.
The set scores against Evansville were 28-26, 25-23, 23-25 and 29-27, while the set scores with Seton Hall were 25-19, 25-23, 20-25 and 25-19. UNH moves to 2-9 overall, Evansville is now 6-6, while Seton Hall is 5-5.
Junior Kirsten Bates (Calgary, Alberta) was named to the Holly Young All-Tournament team for the third-consecutive weekend. She had 20 kills in the opening on Friday night and 14 apiece in Saturday’s matches.
Against Evansville, it was freshman Lauren Laquerre (Concord, N.H.), who led the Wildcat attack with 15 kills. Setter Sara Heldman (Greenwood, Ind.) had a match-best 37 assists and added 16 digs, while Alyse Lahti (Pepper Pike, Ohio) led UNH defensively with 25 digs. Justine Elliott (Mitchelleville, Md.) had a match-best seven blocks, while Bates added six and Lindsay Fogarty (Pleasanton, Calif.) had four.
In the Seton Hall match, Fogarty paced the offense with 15 kills, three blocks and a .737 attacking percentage. Heldman dished out a team-best 42 assists and tallied 15 digs, while Lahti registered 21 digs.
UNH gave the Purple Aces all they could handle in the early match of the day as all four sets were decided by the minimum two points. In the opening set, neither team held a lead of more than two points throughout, but with the set tied at 26-26 UE captured the next two points and the opening set. In the second set, the Wildcats built an early 7-4 lead thanks in part to three kills by freshman Pauline Acres (Manhattan Beach, Calif.), but that lead quickly disappeared and the set was back-and-forth once again. Evansville held a 23-21 lead before back-to-back points by New Hampshire. However, the Purple Aces recorded the final two points to build a 2-0 set lead. The third set was all Wildcats early, jumping out to a 23-10 lead. UE got back into the game with 11-straight points before UNH completed the 25-23 win. Much like earlier set, the final set was a grind that eventually went to Evansville 29-27.
The ‘Cats rallied, however, against Seton Hall taking three-of-four sets to earn their second win of the young season. UNH hit at a.231 mark for the match including a pair of +.300 sets. The Wildcats had a match-best 16 kills in the first set, a 25-19 win. In the second set, UNH trailed 5-4, but answered with two-straight points and never trailed again as they went on to the 25-23 win. The Pirates captured set three with as they build a five-point early cushion at 14-9 and held that advantage through most of the set. UNH captured the final set in convincing style, jumping out to an 17-9 advantage and cruising to the six-point win.
The Wildcats return to action on Tuesday, Sept. 16 at in-state foe Dartmouth College. Match time is set for 7 p.m. UNH’s next home game is Tuesday, Sept. 23, when they play host to Northeastern. Match time is 7 p.m. at Lundholm Gymnasium. Tickets are available online at www.unhwildcats.com and the match will be streamed live on the internet at www.unhwildcats.tv.
HOLLY YOUNG INVITATIONAL ALL-TOURNAMENT TEAM:
New Hampshire: Junior middle blocker Kirsten Bates (Calgary, Alberta)
Rhode Island: Junior outside hitter Caitlyn Welsh (Narragansett, R.I.)
Evansville: Junior outside hitter Ginta Gabruseva (Riga, Latvia)
Evansville: Freshman outside hitter Brooke Maher (Mason, Ohio)
Seton Hall: Senior setter Brittany Rahrer (Fort Wayne, Ind.)
Seton Hall: Senior middle blocker Tricia Meyers (Cincinnati, Ohio)
Seton Hall: Sophomore outside hitter Sarah Osmun (Crystal Lake, Ill.)
HOLLY YOUNG INVITATIONAL RESULTS
Friday, Sept. 12
Match 1 - Seton Hall 3, Evansville 1
Match 2 - URI 3, at UNH 2
Saturday, Sept. 13
Match 3 - Seton Hall 3, URI 2
Match 4 - Evansville 3, at UNH 1
Match 5 - Evansville 3, URI 0
Match 6 – UNH 3, Seton Hall 1 (DIG FOR THE CURE)