STONY BROOK, N.Y. – Lindsay Fogarty (Pleasanton, Calif.) recorded 10 kills and two blocks, but the University of New Hampshire women’s volleyball team was defeated 3-1 by Stony Brook University in Friday night’s America East action at the SBU Complex. The set scores were 18-25, 25-21, 25-22, 25-18.
UNH, which defeated the Seawolves in straight sets earlier this season in Durham, is now 6-20 overall and 3-7 in America East. Stony Brook on the strength of a .343 hitting percentage and 12 blocks in the match, improved to 12-15, 3-6.
Kirsten Bates (Calgary, Alberta) and Pauline Acres (Manhattan Beach, Calif.) both finished with eight kills and Lauren Laquerre (Concord, N.H.) tallied seven. Kate Uitti (Pinckney, Mich.; 18 assists; nine digs) and Sara Heldman (Greenwood, Ind.; 20 assists) split the duties as setter. Alyse Lahti (Pepper Pike, Ohio) was credited with a team-high 11 digs.
SBU was led by Gulce Dikecligil and Ashley Headen. Dikecligil had 17 kills, four blocks and two service aces while Headen’s stats included 11 kills and eight blocks. Kelsey Sullivan quarterbacked the attack with 38 of the team’s 51 assists.
In Set 1, neither team led by more than two points until UNH won four consecutive points on a Fogarty kill, Acres block, Uitti service ace and SBU attack error to give the ‘Cats a 12-7 advantage. The Wildcats, with an impressive .560 hitting percentage in the opening set, maintained a 3-to-5 point lead until winning the last three points of the set for a score of 25-18.
UNH raced out to an 8-1 lead in Set 2. Kills by Acres and Laquerre gave UNH a quick 2-0 advantage, and then the ‘Cats won six consecutive points – four on aces by Acres and another on a Fogarty kill – to establish a seven-point advantage. The Seawolves closed within 10-7 before a pair of Justine Elliott (Mitchellville, Md.) kills helped push the Wildcats’ lead to 13-7.
SBU trimmed the margin to 18-17 before back-to-back kills by Elliott and Bates put UNH in front 20-17. The ‘Cats took a 21-19 lead on an Acres’ kill, but the home team won three consecutive points to take its first lead of the set and prompt a New Hampshire time out. Stony Brook, with a .462 hitting percentage in the second frame, won the initial three points out of the timeout to level the match, 1-1.
In Set 3, UNH held an 8-7 lead when a trio of SBU errors gave the Wildcats an 11-7 lead. Following a Stony Brook timeout, a block by the duo of Fogarty and Acres and a Fogarty kill extended UNH’s advantage to 13-7. Trailing 14-9, the Seawolves went on a 7-1 run to take a 16-15 lead. With the set level at 17, SBU won three consecutive points to build a 20-17 lead. The ‘Cats called time out with the score 22-18 and inched within 22-20. UNH fended off one set point on a Fogarty kill, but a kill by Sullivan on the next point gave the Seawolves a 2-1 match lead.
SBU rolled out to an 8-2 lead in the fourth set on the strength of a five-point spurt. UNH called a timeout, but the Seawolves continued to pull away at 11-4 and the ‘Cats called another timeout at 15-6. New Hampshire inched closer on an Acres’ kill and SBU attack error and, following a timeout by the home team, a Uitti ace and block by Fogarty and Laquerre lifted the ‘Cats within 15-10. Stony Brook won three of the next four points, however, to take an 18-11 lead. UNH fell behind 24-15 before a flurry of Acres’ kills and a service ace by Lahti forced SBU to take another timeout at 24-18. Sullivan, who closed out the third set, also closed out the match with a kill.
Lahti has 390 digs this season and 1,334 in her career. The UNH record of 1,398 is held by Jen Williams (2001-04).
With two blocks, Fogarty ascended into a tie for sixth place on the program’s career blocks list with Lauren Knight (1999-2002) at 229.
New Hampshire returns to action Nov. 8 (4 p.m.) at the University of Hartford. The Wildcats conclude the regular season with Senior Day on Nov. 15 against Binghamton University. Match time at Lundholm Gymnasium is 5 p.m. You will gain free admission to the event by presenting your ticket from the Nov. 15 UNH football game vs. UMass, which begins at 12 p.m.