Volleyball Downs Bryant, 3-1

SMITHFIELD, R.I. – Junior Morgan Thatcher (Brockton, Mass.) and sophomore Taylor Dunklau (Mukwonago, Wis.) each posted a double-double to lead the University of New Hampshire volleyball team past Bryant, 3-1, Tuesday night at the Chace Athletic Center.

New Hampshire has won four of its last five matches and stands at 5-6 on the season. Set scores in the match were 23-25, 25-20, 25-18 and 25-13.

Thatcher recorded 12 kills to pair with 12 digs, while Dunklau registered 40 assists and 10 digs to go along with five blocks. Freshman Abby Brinkman (Brecksville, Ohio) led all players with a career-high 14 kills and hit at a .278 clip. Senior Jessie Schnepp (East Longmeadow, Mass.) racked up a match-high 26 digs.

In the opening set, the teams were all tied up at 11-11 before the Bulldogs netted six straight to move out in front, 17-11. Down by five at 22-17, the Wildcats used a 5-1 run to trim the deficit to one at 23-22, but Bryant held on for the 25-23 victory.

After seven lead changes to open the second set, the two teams were even at 17-17 before UNH reeled off three straight for the 20-17 advantage. Bryant would not get closer in the set as the Wildcats went on to capture the stanza, 25-20, and even the match at 1-1.

In the third set, UNH jumped out to a 7-2 lead until Bryant pulled within four at 9-5. From there, New Hampshire used an 8-5 run to stretch its lead to 17-10. The teams then traded points before the Wildcats ended with a 7-4 stretch, capped off by a Dunklau service ace to take the set at 25-18.  

In the fourth set, the teams were even at 7-7 but the Wildcats used a 9-3 stretch to establish a comfortable 16-10 advantage. It was all New Hampshire the rest of the way as the visitors ended with a 9-2 stretch to take the set, 25-13, and seal the victory.

The Wildcats return to action Sept. 14-15 when they take part in the George Washington Invitational. UNH first takes on BYU on Friday, Sept. 14 at 5 p.m.

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