CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Senior Amy Keding (Northbrook, Ill.) recorded 27 kills and 30 digs, and junior Jansan Falcusan (Plymouth, Mich.) racked up 60 assists, but the University of New Hampshire volleyball team lost to Harvard, 3-2, Tuesday night at the Malkin Athletic Center.
UNH dropped to 0-12 on the season while Harvard improved to 5-2 overall. The set scores in the match were 19-25, 26-24, 21-25, 25-17 and 12-15.
In addition to the career-best numbers by both Keding and Falcusan, senior Lauren Laquerre (Concord, N.H.) recorded her fourth double-double in as many matches with 19 kills and 11 digs, while sophomore Morgan Thatcher (Brockton, Mass.) led the Wildcats with a .290 hitting percentage. Freshman Sam Henke (Millersville, Md.) chipped in with a season-high 20 digs and senior Jessy Dick (Lethbridge, Alberta) posted a match-high seven blocks.
In the opening set, UNH broke a 3-3 tie with three straight for the early 6-3 advantage. Harvard fought back to even up the score at 7-7 and again at 9-9 but the Wildcats held strong and eventually took a 14-10 lead on back-to-back kills by Destiny Tolliver (Rochester, Mich.) and Laquerre. The Crimson pulled within three at 16-13 and then reeled off eight straight to fuel a 25-19 win for the 1-0 lead in the match.
The Wildcats bounced right back in the second set with a quick 6-0 lead before the Crimson climbed back to even the score at 14 apiece. The teams were tightly contested the rest of the way with seven lead changes until the Wildcats claimed the 26-24 victory on consecutive kills by Keding to even the match at 1-1.
The third set started out evenly matched until the Crimson scored three straight for the 13-8 lead. The Wildcats closed the gap to three, 24-21, but could not get closer as the home side took the set, 25-21.
The fourth set featured back-and-forth action early on until a pair of kills by Thatcher gave the Wildcats a 16-11 advantage. UNH ended the stanza in strong fashion as a 9-6 run propelled the visitors to a 25-17 win and forced a deciding fifth set.
In that set, with the scored tied at 11-11, Harvard ended on a 5-1 run to secure the victory.
The Wildcats return to action Sept. 16-17 for the Yale/Quinnipiac Tournament.