October 9, 2011

Volleyball Takes Down UMBC, 3-1

DURHAM, N.H. – Senior Lauren Laquerre (Concord, N.H.) registered a match-high 16 kills and added 16 digs for her third straight double-double performance as the University of New Hampshire volleyball team ousted UMBC, 3-1, Sunday afternoon at Lundholm Gymnasium.

With the win, the Wildcats improve to 5-15 on the season and a perfect 4-0 in America East Conference play, while the Retrievers dip to 11-9 overall and 1-4 in the conference. Set scores in the match were 25-22, 25-13, 17-25 and 25-22.

In addition to Laquerre, sophomore Morgan Thatcher (Brockton, Mass.) also recorded 16 kills for a team-best .353 hitting percentage. Senior Amy Keding (Northbrook, Ill.) registered 10 kills and 12 digs, while junior Jansan Falcusan (Plymouth, Mich.) tallied a match-high 41 assists and two aces. Defensively, sophomore Destiny Tolliver (Rochester, Mich.) totaled three blocks, while freshman Sam Henke (Millersville, Md.) and junior Jessie Schnepp (East Longmeadow, Mass.) recorded 14 and 12 digs, respectively.    

In the first set, the teams were all knotted up at 7-7 before UMBC rattled off six straight for the 13-7 advantage. The home side battled back, however, using a 12-5 run to take the lead at 19-18, capped off by a kill by Thatcher. After the visitors evened up the score at 19-19, the Wildcats ended the stanza on a 6-3 run for the 25-22 victory and 1-0 match lead.

In the second set, the Wildcats broke a 5-5 tie with four straight for the 9-5 advantage. From there, the Wildcats opened up a 17-9 lead and never looked back as the home side captured the set at 25-13 for the 2-0 match advantage. In the set, UNH recorded 17 kills without a single attack error for a .472 hitting percentage.

UMBC bounced back in the fourth set as the Retrievers broke an early 10-10 tie with five straight and went on to claim the stanza at 25-17.

In the fourth set, UNH held a slim lead at 10-8 and then netted four straight to take the lead at 14-8. From there, the Retrievers battled back to even the score at 20-20 but the Wildcats answered right back and ended on a 5-2 run for the 25-22 win to seal the victory.

The Wildcats return to action on Friday, Oct. 14 when they play host to conference foe Binghamton at 7 p.m.

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