CAMBRIDGE, Mass. –Junior Amy Keding (Northbrook, Ill.) had a career-high 18 kills and added five blocks, but it was not enough as the University of New Hampshire volleyball team dropped a heartbreaking five-set match to Boston College, 3-2, in the opening match of the Harvard Invitational. The set scores were 25-22, 17-25, 18-25, 25-23, 17-15.
In addition to Keding, Taylor
Dressing (Gillette, N.J.) and Lauren
Laquerre (Concord, N.H.) added 13 and 11 kills,
respectively. Pacing the Wildcat offensive attack was senior setter
Heldman (Greenwood, Ind.), who had a match-high 39
assists. Heldman added 14 digs defensively, while Jayde Huxtable
(St. Charles, Ill.) led the way with 15 digs.
In the first set the score was tied at 6-6 before a 6-1 Eagle run made it 12-7. New Hampshire went on an 8-4 spurt to make it 16-15. The teams remained close with BC holding a 22-20 edge before a pair of tallies made it set point at 24-20. The Wildcats would fight off set point twice before BC took the set 25-22. Boston College jumped out to an early 12-6 lead on UNH, but this time the Wildcats had all the answers. The ‘Cats rattled off four-straight points to make it 12-10; BC went ahead 15-11 before a 7-0 burst made it 18-15. The Eagles would only manage another two points the rest of the set as UNH earned a 25-17 win in the set. In the third set play was even for the first half as it was tied 14-14 until an 8-1 New Hampshire run made it 22-15. The Wildcats went on to win the set 25-18. The fourth set much like the previous one was tight throughout. The teams were deadlocked at 13-13 before BC took a slim advantage and never trailed again. While the Eagles’ largest lead during that span was just one lead of three points at 22-19, BC never went on to take the set 25-23. Fittingly, the final decisive set was as back-and-forth as the previous two with five lead changes and seven ties. With the scored tied at 12-12, a Jessy Dick (Lethbridge, Alberta) service ace and Keding kill gave the Wildcats a 14-12 lead. The Eagles fought off match point twice with back-to-back kills be Tsvetelina Dureva to tie it once again at 14-14. A BC serving error gave the ‘Cats a 15-14 edge, but three-straight points gave BC the set and match.
UNH concludes play at the Harvard Invitation on Saturday. The Wildcats will play Eastern Illinois (10 a.m.) and conclude with Bryant (5:30 p.m.). The 'Cats open the home portion of their 2010 schedule on Tuesday, Sept. 7 (7 p.m.) against non-conference foe Northeastern. Tickets to the home opener and all UNH home matches are online at www.UNHWildcats.com.