DURHAM, N.H. – Senior Kirsten Bates (Calgary, Alberta) tallied a team-high 14 kills, however the University of New Hampshire volleyball team dropped an America East match to Albany, 3-0, on Sunday afternoon at Lundholm Gymnasium.

Set scores were 25-23, 25-23 and 25-14. The Wildcats fall to 8-11 overall, 0-2 in America East, while the Great Danes improve to 10-8, 1-0 AE.

In addition Bates, Lindsay Fogarty (Pleasanton, Calif.) tallied 12 kills and added three blocks. Setter Kate Uitti (Pinckney, Mich.) dished out 29 assists and added nine digs. Sophomore Sara Heldman (Greenwood, Ind.) notched 22 digs, while Jayde Huxtable (St. Charles, Ill.) added 12.

In the first set, the Albany jumped out to an early 10-4 lead. The Great Danes led it 20-14 before five-straight Wildcat points made it 20-19. The teams traded points creating a 23-23 deadlock, until a pair of UNH attack errors gave Albany the first set, 25-23. The second set was back and forth with neither team holding a lead of more than two throughout. In the end, once again, with the set tied at 23-23 the Great Danes pulled out the victory by scoring the final two points of the set. Both teams hit at a .200 clip in the set, while UNH registered 17 kills. In the third and final set, Albany sprinted out to a 7-1 lead. New Hampshire rallied with an 11-4 run to make it 12-11 Wildcats. The Danes went on a 6-0 run of their own to make it 17-12. UNH would chip into the lead, but come not come all the way back as Albany won the final set by 11.

Today’s match was UNH’s “Dig Pink” Breast Cancer Awareness event. Contributions were taken at the game to raise funds to support Breast Cancer education programs and research efforts. These contributions will assist Side-Out in its on going mission to raise money and awareness about Breast Cancer.

UNH returns to action when it travels to UMBC Friday, Oct. 9 (7 p.m.). New Hampshire’s next home match is Sat. Oct. 17; start time at Lundholm Gymnasium is 4 p.m. and tickets are available at the Whittemore Center Box Office, online at www.unhwildcats.com or by calling Ticketmaster at 1-800-745-3000.

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