DURHAM, N.H. – Junior Morgan Thatcher (Brockton, Mass.) and freshman Tori Forrest (Powders Springs, Ga.) each posted 15 kills as the University of New Hampshire volleyball team downed intrastate rival Dartmouth, 3-0, in non-conference action Sunday afternoon at Lundholm Gymnasium.
New Hampshire has won four straight matches, including seven straight sets after back-to-back sweeps, to move above .500 at 9-8 on the season and 1-0 in conference play. Dartmouth falls to 2-9 overall. Set scores in the match were 29-27, 25-13 and 25-15.
Thatcher, who has notched double-digit kills in the last four matches, also hit at a .333 clip. Forrest set a career-high with kills and led all players with a .394 hitting percentage. Senior Jansan Falcusan (Plymouth, Mich.) posted 40 assists and 11 digs for her third double-double of the season, while freshman Abby Brinkman (Brecksville, Ohio) chipped in with 10 kills. Senior Jessie Schnepp (East Longmeadow, Mass.) led all players with 20 digs.
The teams were evenly matched in the opening set, until the Big Green broke away from a 19-19 score with two straight for the 21-19 advantage. Dartmouth maintained its slim lead and held match point at 24-22, but the Wildcats rallied with consecutive kills to even the score at 24 apiece. The teams then traded points to a 27-27 even score, but a service ace by junior Destiny Tolliver (Rochester, Mich.) paved the way for a kill by Forrest as UNH claimed the set, 29-27.
In the second set, the Wildcats opened with a 9-3 start and used a 4-0 stretch to move out in front at 13-3. UNH was in complete control throughout the stanza, racking up 21 kills with a .381 hitting percentage to take the set at 25-13.
UNH opened with a 7-3 lead in the third set before Dartmouth trimmed the deficit to two at 8-6. From there, the Wildcats notched four straight, capped off by a service ace from Schnepp to stretch the lead to 12-6. New Hampshire went out in front by as many as 11 down the stretch and cruised to the 25-15 victory to seal the sweep.
The Wildcats return to America East action on Friday, Sept. 28 when they visit UMBC at 7 p.m.