September 17, 2011

Volleyball Splits Pair of Matches on Final Day of Yale/Quinnipiac Classic

NEW HAVEN, Conn. – The University of New Hampshire volleyball team split a pair of matches, defeating Quinnipiac, 3-0, in the nightcap after falling to Army, 3-2, in the opener on Saturday in the final day of competition at the Yale/Quinnipiac Classic.

UNH moves to 1-14 on the season. The set scores against Quinnipiac were 26-24, 25-15 and 25-18, while the scores against Army were 22-25, 25-14, 11-25, 25-19 and 7-15.

In the win over Quinnipiac, senior Amy Keding (Northbrook, Ill.) recorded a double-double with 10 kills and 11 digs, while senior Jessy Dick (Lethbridge, Alberta) registered a .556 hitting percentage. Junior Jansan Falcusan (Plymouth, Mich.), who was named to the all-tournament team, posted a match-high 31 assists, while freshman Sam Henke (Millersville, Md.) and junior Jessie Schnepp (East Longmeadow, Mass.) added 15 and 10 digs, respectively.  

In the first set against Quinnipiac, UNH broke a 5-5 tie with three straight for the 8-5 advantage. The Wildcats held a slim lead for most of the stanza until the home side pulled even at 17-17. The teams were close the rest of the way with five more equal scores until the Wildcats claimed the final two points for the 26-24 win and the 1-0 match lead. The teams were evenly matched again in the second set with a 9-9 tie, but the Wildcats reeled off four straight to pull ahead, 13-9. The Bobcats pulled within two but could not get closer as the Wildcats ended the set on a 12-6 run to take the stanza, 25-15. In the third and final set, the teams were all tied up at 6-6 but the Wildcats scored the next two for the slim advantage. UNH held a slight lead and then four straight moved the Wildcats in front at 19-13, paving the way for the eventual 25-18 victory to seal the match victory.

In the opening match against Army, senior Lauren Laquerre (Concord, N.H.) led the way with 13 kills and 12 digs for her fifth double-double of the season, while Keding and sophomore Morgan Thatcher (Brockton, Mass.) both recorded double-digit kills with 11 and 10, respectively. Falcusan enjoyed a standout performance as she posted a team-high 36 assists and a match-high 21 digs. Schnepp and Henke each chipped in with 14 digs, while Dick added five blocks.

In the first set against Army, the teams were all knotted up at 18-18 following six lead changes, but the Black Knights scored three straight and hung on for the 25-22 win to go up, 1-0. The Wildcats answered back in the second set as they jumped out to a 10-4 advantage on a kill by Keding. Army closed the gap to five but could not get closer as the Wildcats secured the 25-14 win to even the match score. In the third set, the Black Knights controlled a slim lead early on and stretched the advantage out for the eventual 25-11 victory. UNH bounced back once again, however, with a commanding 9-1 lead to start the fourth set. Army pulled within three at 13-10 but the Wildcats pulled away for the 25-19 win to force a deciding fifth set. In that set, Army opened with an 8-0 lead and held on for the 15-7 to seal the match victory.

The Wildcats return to action on Tuesday, Sept. 20 when they play host to Bryant University at 7 p.m.

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