Volleyball Upends Hartford, 3-2, in Five-Set Thriller

DURHAM, N.H. – Senior Jessy Dick (Lethbridge, Alberta) posted her first career double-double on 11 kills and a match-high 10 blocks while three other Wildcats also notched double-double performances as the University of New Hampshire volleyball team downed Hartford, 3-2, Friday evening at Lundholm Gymnasium. 

With the win, UNH improves to 7-16 overall and 6-1 in America East play, while Hartford dips to 11-13 on the season and 2-5 in the league. Set scores in the match were 23-25, 25-14, 25-20, 24-26 and 15-13.

Dick paced the team with a .588 hitting percentage and her 10 blocks mark the most by a Wildcat this season. Senior Lauren Laquerre (Concord, N.H.) racked up 17 kills and 13 digs along with four blocks, while fellow senior Amy Keding (Northbrook, Ill.) totaled 15 kills, 10 digs and four rejections. Junior Jansan Falcusan (Plymouth, Mich.) posted a team-high 58 assists to go along with 14 digs. Sophomore Morgan Thatcher (Brockton, Mass.) led the team with 18 kills and also added four blocks, while freshman Sam Henke (Millersville, Md.) recorded a team-best 17 digs.

In the opening set, the teams were tightly-contested with UNH holding a slim lead at 23-21 before Hartford netted four straight to claim the set, 25-23, for the 1-0 match advantage. Both teams recorded 16 kills in the stanza but UNH edged out the visitors with a .344 hitting percentage while the Hawks hit at a .333 clip.

The Wildcats bounced right back in the second set with a 25-14 victory, setting the tone early with a 9-2 opening run. The Hawks pulled to within four at one point but could not get closer as the Wildcats scored the final four points and posted a .371 hitting percentage in the set to even the match at 1-1.

In the third set, the Wildcats broke a 17-17 tie with a 7-3 run to win the frame at 25-20, but the Hawks answered back with a 26-24 win in the fourth to force a fifth and final set. 

In that set, the Wildcats jumped out to a 4-1 advantage but the Hawks responded with a 6-1 run for the 7-5 lead. After UNH climbed back to even the score at 8-8, the teams traded points to a 12-12 tie before the Wildcats ended the set on a 3-1 run, back-boned by two Laquerre kills, to seal the 15-13 win and match victory.

The Wildcats return to action on Oct. 26 when they visit Holy Cross in a non-conference matchup at 6 p.m.

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