Jessie Schnepp was named to the
NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. – Junior Morgan Thatcher (Brockton, Mass.) posted a match-high 13 kills to lead the University of New Hampshire volleyball team past Iona, 3-0, Saturday afternoon to close out play at the Rutgers Invitational.
With the win, the Wildcats move to 2-5 on the season. Set scores in the match were 26-24, 25-15 and 25-15.
Thatcher, who leads her team in kills per set (3.19) on the season, also hit at a .423 clip. Senior Jessie Schnepp (East Longmeadow, Mass.) led all players with 13 digs and was named to the all-tournament team for her efforts throughout the three-match event. Freshman Brenna Buckwalter (Evergreen, Colo.) recorded a career-high 12 kills with a .611 hitting percentage, while junior Destiny Tolliver (Rochester, Mich.) registered five blocks and nine kills for a .533 hitting percentage. Sophomore Taylor Dunklau (Mukwonago, Wis.) also added 39 assists in the match.
In the opening set, Iona held a 14-10 lead until the Wildcats reeled off five consecutive points to jump out in front at 15-14. From there, the teams traded points and after six even scores, the squads were all knotted up at 24-24. With sophomore Katie Sattora (Avon, N.Y.) on the serve, the Wildcats picked up the final two points for the 26-24 victory and 1-0 match lead.
In the second set, UNH held a slim 11-10 lead but then used a 4-1 stretch for the 15-11 advantage. New Hampshire was in control the rest of the way, never leading by less than three points, and eventually claimed the set at 25-15.
The teams were even at 13 points apiece to open the third stanza, until UNH used a 5-1 run to take an 18-14 lead. After Iona answered with a kill to trim the lead to three, the Wildcats ended with seven straight points for the 25-15 win to seal the victory.
The Wildcats next head home to host the Holly Young Invitational on Sept. 7-8 as they welcome Holy Cross, Central Connecticut State and William & Mary to Durham, N.H. for the annual contest. UNH will first take on Holy Cross on Friday, Sept. 7 at 7 p.m.