PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Seniors Lauren Laquerre (Concord, N.H.) and Amy Keding (Northbrook, Ill.) both recorded double-doubles to lead the University of New Hampshire volleyball team past Providence College, 3-1, Friday evening at Alumni Hall.
The Wildcats improve to 3-15 overall and 2-0 in the America East Conference, while the Friars dip to 5-13 on the season and 0-1 in league play. Set scores in the match were 25-18, 12-25, 25-20 and 25-20.
Laquerre registered 14 kills and a team-high 14 digs, while Keding racked up a match-high 15 kills for a .263 attack percentage to go along with 11 digs. Sophomore Morgan Thatcher (Brockton, Mass.) also reached the double-digit mark with 13 kills and added a match-high six blocks. Junior Jansan Falcusan (Plymouth, Mich.) posted a match-high 42 assists for her third-straight match with at least 40 helpers.
In the first set, the teams were knotted up at eight apiece until the Wildcats reeled off a 5-1 run for the 13-9 advantage. The Friars closed the gap to three at 14-11 but could not get any closer as the road side went on to capture the set at 25-8 for the 1-0 lead. As a team, the Wildcats posted 11 kills in the stanza for a .250 hitting percentage.
Providence bounced right back in the second set with a 25-12 victory. The Friars held an early lead at 15-10 and then ended the set on a 10-2 run to even up the match at 1-1.
In the third set, the teams were closely contested early on until the Friars broke a 9-9 tie with three straight for the 12-9 lead. The Wildcats clawed back to even up the score at 14-14, setting the stage for four subsequent lead changes over the next eight possessions. With the score tied at 18-18, the Wildcats went up by two on back-to-back kills by Keding and held on for the 25-20 victory.
In the fourth set, the teams were all even at 13-13 before the Wildcats went on a 5-1 run to go on top, 18-14. The Friars pulled within two at 20-18, but the Wildcats put the set away with the final two points for the 25-20 win and 3-1 match victory. New Hampshire racked up 19 kills in the fourth set for a .342 hitting percentage.
The Wildcats return to action on Friday, Oct. 7 when they play host to Stony Brook at 7 p.m.