PITTSBURGH – Senior Amy Keding (Northbrook, Ill.) recorded 10 kills and junior Jessie Schnepp (East Longmeadow, Mass.) registered a match-high 19 digs, but it would not be enough as the University of New Hampshire volleyball team fell to the University of Pittsburgh, 3-1, Friday afternoon to open play at the Pitt Invitational.
With the loss, the Wildcats fall to 0-5 on the season while the Panthers improve 5-0 overall. Set scores were 15-25, 25-23, 17-25 and 11-25.
Individually, senior Lauren Laquerre (Concord, N.H.) posted seven kills and nine digs, while junior Jansan Falcusan (Plymouth, Mich.) paced the team with 15 assists. Keding also led the team with three blocks and hit at a .333 clip.
In the first set, the Panthers set the tone with the five consecutive points to pave the way for a 10-2 advantage. The Wildcats went on an 8-2 run to climb back from the early deficit but the home squad closed it out, 25-15, to go up 1-0.
The second set featured back-and-forth action early on, until back-to-back kills by sophomore Morgan Thatcher (Brockton, Mass.) and Laquerre kicked off a 4-0 Wildcat run, pushing the visitors on top, 13-8. The Panthers managed to close the gap and eventually tied up the score at 17-17. Still tied at 20-20, the Wildcats stepped up defensively with a pair of blocks to go up, 24-21, before Thatcher and senior Jessy Dick (Lethbridge, Alberta) closed out the set with a block to tie the match at one apiece.
Pitt started the third set on a 6-2 run and used the momentum to go up by six, 12-6. The Wildcats responded to narrow the gap to two at 17-15, but could not get closer as the home squad won the stanza, 25-7, for a 2-1 lead in the match.
In the fourth set, the teams started off closely contested until Pitt went on a 7-2 run to go on top, 10-5. The Panthers went on to extend their lead and eventually captured the stanza, 25-11, to seal the win.
The Wildcats continue play at the Pitt Invitational Friday when they take on Miami (OH) at 5 p.m.