September 2, 2009

VOLLEYBALL SWEEPS PAST BENTLEY, 3-0

DURHAM, N.H. – Senior Lindsay Fogarty (Pleasanton, Calif.) and sophomore Lauren Laquerre (Concord, N.H.) registered 11 and 10 kills, respectively, and each added four blocks to lead the University of New Hampshire volleyball team to Tuesday evening’s 3-0 victory over Bentley University in an exhibition contest at Lundholm Gymnasium. The set scores were 25-17, 28-26 and 25-15.

In addition to Fogarty and Laquerre, Pauline Acres (Manhattan Beach, Calif.) notched nine kills and three service aces, while Kate Uitti (Pinckney, Mich.) paced the offense with a match-high 25 assists. Defensively, Sara Heldman (Greenwood, Ind.) tallied a team-high 10 digs.

In the first set, Bentley took a 2-0 lead but New Hampshire quickly answered with four straight to lead it 4-2. The teams were tied at 6-6 before four-straight points gave UNH a 10-6 lead. The Wildcats held the lead throughout the set and captured the eight-point win. UNH had 11 kills and hit at a match-best .269 clip.

In the second set, the Falcons once again built a 2-0 lead only to see the Wildcats quickly respond. The teams were deadlocked at 6-6 until New Hampshire went on a 11-7 run to build a 17-13 advantage. The held a 22-20 lead before four-straight points gave the Falcons set-point. UNH successfully broke set-point twice and Bentley countered by breaking two set-points of its own before the Wildcats were able to come away with a 28-26 set win.

In the final set, Bentley stormed out of the gate to a 7-1 lead. New Hampshire recorded 16 of the next 20 points and turned a six-point deficit into a 17-11 lead. UNH never relinquished its large advantage and went on to win the set by a 10-point margin.

UNH returns to action this weekend (Sept. 4-5) at the UConn Tournament. The Wildcats open on Friday, Sept. 4 (7 p.m.) against Texas Christian University. They will also play the host Huskies  (12:30 p.m.) and Long Island University (5 p.m.) on Saturday. The ‘Cats return home Sept. 18-19 for the second annual Holly Young Invitational. Wyoming, Arizona State and Harvard make up the field in this year’s tournament. Tickets to the tournament and all UNH home games are online at www.UNHWildcats.com.

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