PITTSBURGH – Despite a match-high 22 kills by senior Amy Keding (Northbrook, Ill.) and an opening set victory, the University of New Hampshire volleyball team could not hold off Miami (Ohio) as the Wildcats fell, 3-1, Friday at the Pitt Invitational.
New Hampshire drops to 0-6 on the season while Miami improves 5-1 overall. Set scores in the match were 25-21, 23-25, 18-25 and 20-25.
Keding also added five digs and hit at a .425 clip. Junior Jessie Schnepp (East Longmeadow, Mass.) recorded a team-high 13 digs, while junior Jansan Falcusan (Plymouth, Mich.) paced the team with 29 assists.
UNH got off to a quick start in the first set, as a pair of kills from Keding gave for the Wildcats an early 4-1 advantage, but the Red Hawks returned the favor with three straight to tie up the score, 4-4. With the score knotted up at 21-21 after tightly contested play, UNH reeled off four straight to secure the 25-21 win and lead the match, 1-0.
The Wildcats picked up right where they left off from the previous stanza, opening the second set with another 4-1 run. Again, the Red Hawks erased the early deficit to tie the score and force back-and-forth play, until three straight pushed the Wildcats up, 11-8. After UNH went up by four on a block by Destiny Tolliver (Rochester, Mich.), Miami answered back with six straight for the 20-18 lead and hung on for the 25-23 win, tying the match at 1-1.
In the third set, the teams were neck-and-neck before Miami went up by five for a 14-9 advantage. Facing another five-point deficit later in the set, the Wildcats scored three straight to cut the lead to 17-15 but could not get closer as the Red Hawks took the set, 25-18 for the 2-1 match advantage.
In the fourth set, Miami held an 18-11 advantage before the Wildcats reeled off four consecutive points to cut the lead to three at 18-15. The 'Cats brought the lead down to three once more, but could not complete the comeback as the Red Hawks won the set, 25-20 for the 3-1 victory.
The Wildcats close out play at the Pitt Invitational on Saturday, Sept. 3 when they take on Penn State at 10 a.m.