ALBANY, N.Y. – Senior Amy Keding (Northbrook, Ill.) racked up a match-high 23 kills and added 14 digs for the double-double performance, but it was not enough as the University of New Hampshire volleyball team fell at Albany, 3-2, Friday evening at University Gymnasium in a battle of the top two teams in the America East.
With the loss, the Wildcats drop to 9-19 overall and 7-4 in America East play to clinch the No. 2 seed in the conference tournament, while the Great Danes improve to 18-8 on the season and 10-1 in the conference, earning the top seed. Set scores in the match were 24-26, 25-22, 12-25, 29-27 and 10-15.
In addition to Keding, senior Lauren Laquerre (Concord, N.H.) and sophomore Morgan Thatcher (Brockton, Mass.) both reached double-digit kills with 15 and 10, respectively. Junior Jansan Falcusan (Plymouth, Mich.) also notched a double-double with 43 assists and 10 digs. Defensively, freshman Sam Henke (Millersville, Md.) registered a career-best 27 digs while junior Jessie Schnepp (East Longmeadow, Mass.) added 10 digs.
After dropping a tough 26-24 decision in the opening set, the Wildcats rebounded to claim the second stanza, 25-22. The teams were closely contested early on before the Wildcats climbed back from a slim deficit to even the score at 20-20. Still tied at 22-22, UNH scored three straight as back-to-back kills by Laquerre and Thatcher sealed to win and evened the match score.
After Albany rebounded to take the third set, 25-12, the Wildcats answered again with a 29-27 victory in the fourth stanza. With the score all tied up at 22-22, the teams continued to trade points until consecutive Albany attack errors sealed the UNH win to force a fifth and deciding set.
In that set, UNH tied it up at 10-10 on a kill by Keding but the Great Danes ended with five straight to claim the 15-10 victory and seal the match win.
The Wildcats close out the regular season on Sunday, Nov. 13 when they visit Binghamton at 1 p.m.