DURHAM, N.H. – Junior Kirsten Bates (Calgary, Alberta) had a season-high 21 kills and added 10 digs, but the University of New Hampshire volleyball team lost to America East foe UMBC, 3-1, on Sunday afternoon at Lundholm Gymnasium. The match scores were 26-24, 28-26, 23-25 and 25-20. UNH falls to 6-19, 3-6 in America East, while the Retrievers are now 16-10, 5-3 AE.
In addition to Bates, Lindsay Fogarty (Pleasanton, Calif.) had a season-best 18 kills and hit at a .371 clip. Lauren Laquerre (Concord, N.H.) and Pauline Acres (Manhattan Beach, Calif.) had six and five kills, respectively, while Justine Elliott (Mitchellville, Md.) added three kills and five blocks. Setter Kate Uitti (Pinckney, Mich.) recorded a team-best 51 assists, the most by any Wildcat in a four-set match this season. Defensively, Alyse Lahti (Pepper Pike, Ohio) led four Wildcats in double figure digs.
In the first set, UMBC held a 6-3 lead before the Wildcats scored four-straight to make it 7-6. From that point in the set, no team held a lead of more than two throughout. The Retrievers were clinging to a 23-21 advantage before UNH rallied to knot it at 23-23. The teams were tied 24-24, but UMBC scored the final two points on a kill by Sarah Hill and ace by Bridget Scheetz. In the second set, the Retrievers opened by scoring the first six points. With the game 7-1, UNH rattled off five straight to make it 7-6. Neither team could build much of a cushion from that point on as the teams traded points. It was 23-21 UMBC before the Wildcats went on a mini 4-1 run to take a 25-24 lead. The Retrievers broke set point twice before going on to earn the 28-26 set victory. The third set was close from the beginning with neither team establishing control. With the set tied 13-13, UNH scored five of the next six to make it 18-15. UMBC answered with a 6-2 run, which made it 21-20. The Wildcats secured the set by scoring five of the final seven points. The final set was also back-and-forth until the Retrievers grabbed control when the set was tied 15-15 with 5-2 run to make it 20-17 and a scored the final two points of the match to secure the 25-20 win.
UNH returns to action with a pair of critical America East road games on Friday, Nov. 7 at Stony Brook (7 p.m.) and Saturday, Nov. 8 (4 p.m.) at Hartford. The Wildcats conclude the regular season at home on Saturday, Nov. 15 against Binghamton (5 p.m. – Senior Day). Tickets are available online at www.unhwildcats.com and the match will be streamed online at unhwildcats.tv. Fans can purchase events on a per game basis for $6.95 or they can purchase the annual subscription for $79.95.