STORRS, CONN. – Senior Kate Uitti (Pinckney, Mich.) tallied six kills, six digs, five blocks, a team-high 18 assists and hit at a .364 clip, but it was not enough as the University of New Hampshire volleyball team dropped its opening-round match, 3-1, to Texas Christian University at the UConn Classic on Friday night.

The set scores were 25-11, 20-25, 25-19, 25-8. The Wildcats are now 0-4, while the Horned Frogs improve to 3-2. UNH will play the host Huskies (12:30 p.m.) and Long Island (5 p.m.) on Saturday.

In addition to Uitti, Lauren Laquerre (Concord, N.H.) had a team-high eight kills, while Taylor Dressing (Gillette, N.J.) added six kills, six digs and three blocks. Defensively Sara Heldman (Greenwood, Ind.) had 13 digs.

In the first set of the day, TCU opened up a 7-1 lead out of the gate and held a lead of five or more throughout the set and went on for a convincing 14-point win. During the set, the Horned Frogs had a team-high 13 kills and hit at a .241 clip. TCU stormed out of the gate once again in the second set holding a lead of 6-1. TCU held a 10-5 lead before the Wildcats answered with 14-5 run to turn a five-point deficit into a 19-15 lead. The Wildcats went on to win the set by a five-point margin. UNH registered a match-high 15 kills and hit at a .225 clip. In the third set, the Horned Frogs slowly built a 10-5 lead and held a lead of five or more throughout the set moving on for the 25-19 win. TCU captured the match by virtue of a convincing 25-8 win in the fourth set.

New Hampshire concludes play at the UConn Classic on Saturday with the host Huskies (12:30 p.m.) and Long Island (5 p.m.). UNH returns home on Sept. 18-19 when it plays host to the second-annual Holly Young Invitational. Tickets for the tournament and all UNH home events are available online at www.UNHWildcats.com.

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