September 21, 2012

Volleyball Plays Host to Providence (9/22) and Dartmouth (9/23)

Match 1: Sept. 22 vs. Providence || Durham, N.H. || 2 p.m.
Match 2: Sept. 23 vs. Dartmouth || Durham, N.H. || 2 p.m.

DURHAM, N.H. – The University of New Hampshire volleyball team opens America East action on Saturday, Sept. 22 against Providence before playing host to intrastate rival Dartmouth (Sun.). Both matches start at 2 p.m. at Lundholm Gymnasium. Links to live stats and video will be available at www.unhwildcats.com.

The State of New Hampshire || The UNH volleyball team kicked off a three-match home stand on Tuesday with a 3-2 win over Harvard. The Wildcats enter the weekend at 7-8 after back-to-back wins over Princeton and Harvard. Morgan Thatcher (Brockton, Mass.) led all players with 22 kills as she notched double-digit kills for the 12th time this season. Jansan Falcusan (Plymouth, Mich.) returned to the starting lineup and posted a season-best 52 assists. Junior Destiny Tolliver (Rochester, Mich.) and freshman Abby Brinkman (Brecksville, Ohio) added 12 and 10 kills respectively… After starting the season 1-5, the Wildcats have won six of their last nine including three five-set matches… UNH leads the league in hitting percentage (.189), kills (12.18) and digs (15.31).

Scouting Providence || The Providence volleyball team enters Saturday's match with a 1-16 record… The Friars have yet to play at home this season, going 1-7 on the road and 0-9 in neutral site matches… Most recently, PC fell to Bucknell, 3-0, to close out the Bucknell University Tournament. Sophomore Mackenzie Ziegler had a match-high 12 digs and added seven kills. Freshman Jordan Wiesler had a strong overall game notching four kills, five digs and leading the Friars with 17 assists… Ziegler leads the Friars with 2.55 kills per set, while Anna Russian ranks fourth in the conference with a .244 hitting percentage.

The Series vs. PC || New Hampshire is 4-15-1 all-time against Providence. The teams split the 2011 season series with each squad winning on the road. The Wildcats downed the Friars, 3-1, in Providence as Thatcher posted 13 kills and Falcusan notched a match-high 42 helpers.

Scouting Dartmouth || The Dartmouth volleyball team enters the weekend at 1-8 on the season… The Big Green will first take on Harvard on Friday before heading to Durham for Sunday's matchup against New Hampshire… As a team, Dartmouth averages 9.8 kills per set with a .133 hitting percentage… The team also averages 9.2 assists per set, while Elisa Scudder ranks fifth in the league in hitting percentage (.313) and blocks per set (1.00).

The Series vs. Dartmouth || UNH is 14-8 all-time against Dartmouth. In the most recent meeting, the Wildcats downed the Big Green, 3-2, in the opening match of the 2010 Holly Young Invitational.

Up Next: After the pair of matches this weekend, UNH returns to conference play on Friday, Sept. 28 when they visit UMBC at 2 p.m.

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