DURHAM, N.H. – Junior Kirsten Bates (Calgary, Alberta) had a match-high 21 kills and 15 digs, but it was not enough as the University of New Hampshire volleyball team fell to non-conference foe Harvard University, 3-2, on Tuesday night at Lundholm Gymnasium. The match scores were 26-24, 27-25, 21-25, 22-25 and 15-12. UNH moves to 3-13, while the Crimson are now 6-7.
In addition to Bates, freshman Lauren Laquerre (Concord, N.H.) matched a career-high with 15 kills and had three blocks, while Lindsay Fogarty (Pleasanton, Calif.) tallied double-figure kills with 11. Setter Kate Uitti (Pinckney, Mich.) saw the majority of action and recorded a team-best 36 assists.
In the first set, Harvard capitalized on seven UNH service errors and five attacking errors to earn the two-point win. UNH jumped out to a 13-8 lead, but the Crimson responded with a 6-1 run to tie it 14-14. The teams would trade points with neither holding a lead of more than two the rest of the set. The Wildcats led it 23-22 before two-straight from Harvard. UNH would tie it up 24-24, but the Crimson record two-straight for the win. In the second set, the Wildcats sprinted out to a commanding 22-8 lead and held a 24-11 lead before the Crimson rattled off 13-straight set-breaking points during Chelsea Ono Horn’s service to make it 24-24. An Anne Ingersoll error made it 25-24, but Harvard scored the next three points to earn the 27-25 win. Despite the Crimson’s run in the second set, UNH announced by capturing back-to-back sets to force a fifth set. In the third set, Harvard captured the first three points and went out to a 5-2 lead, but the Wildcats quickly regained their momentum to tie it 5-5. With the set tied 9-9, UNH went on a 9-2 run to make it 18-11 and never trailed the rest of the set in a 25-21 win. The Crimson built a 16-10 lead in the fourth set, but the Wildcats responded by scoring 10 of the next 13 points to make it 20-19. Once again the ‘Cats would never trail again closing out the set on a 5-2 run. In the fifth set, UNH held a 6-3 lead before three in a row by the Crimson knotted it. The game was tied 9-9 until a 4-1 Harvard spurt made it 13-10. The Crimson won the set by that same three-point margin.
UNH returns to action on Friday, Oct. 3 when it opens America East conference play against UMBC (Maryland-Baltimore County). Match time is 7 p.m. in Baltimore, Md. The Wildcats return home on Saturday, Oct. 18, when they play host to league foe Hartford. Match time is 1 p.m. at Lundholm Gymnasium. 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.