DURHAM, N.H. – Amy Keding (Northbrook, Ill.) registered a double-double with 19 kills and 11 digs, but the University of New Hampshire volleyball team dropped its home finale, 3-1, to Binghamton University on Sunday afternoon at Lundholm Gymnasium. UNH falls to 9-17 overall, 4-7 in America East play, while Binghamton is now 12-13, 7-3 AE. Set scores were 25-22, 24-26, 25-23 and 27-25.
In addition to Keding, Lauren Laquerre (Concord, N.H.) tallied 14 kills, eight digs and three assists. Sara Heldman (Greenwood, Ind.) dished out 43 assists, nine digs and two blocks; while Jayde Huxtable (St. Charles, Ill.) had a team-high 20 digs. Justine Elliott (Mitchellville, Md.) chipped in with eight kills, five blocks and two assists. Sunday's match was also "Senior Day" and prior to the match Elliott, Heldman and Huxtable were honored for their accomplishments over the past four years.
In the opening set, the Bearcats held a slim 10-9 lead before a 7-2 run made it 17-11. New Hampshire responded with a 6-1 run to cut it to 18-17. Binghamton was clinging to a 23-22 lead before back-to-back points secured the victory for the Bearcats. The second set was back-and-forth throughout with 11 ties and five lead changes. Trailing 24-23, UNH fought off set-point and scored the set's final three points for the victory. Binghamton closed out the win with two-point victories in the third and fourth set. In the third set, the teams were tied at 23-23 after back-to-back kills by New Hampshire, but Binghamton scored the set's final two points. In the fourth set, it took extra points to decide. The Wildcats fought off match point three times before finally dropping the match with a 27-25 loss in the fourth set.
New Hampshire concludes the 2010 season on Friday, Nov. 12 at UMBC. Match time is set for 5 p.m. in Baltimore, Md.