Volleyball Outlasted by Binghamton in Five Sets

DURHAM, N.H. – Junior Morgan Thatcher (Brockton, Mass.) recorded 17 kills and freshman Tori Forrest (Powder Springs, Ga.) notched her fourth-straight double-double but the University of New Hampshire volleyball team fell to Binghamton, 3-2, Friday evening at Lundholm Gymnasium.

New Hampshire drops to 13-11 overall and 5-3 in America East, while Binghamton moves to 8-16 on the season and 5-3 in conference play. Set scores in the match were 25-21, 20-25, 13-25, 25-19 and 16-18.

Forrest compiled 12 kills to pair with a career-high 19 digs, while sophomore Taylor Dunklau (Mukwonago, Wis.) also posted a double-double with 50 assists and 14 digs. Freshman Abby Brinkman (Brecksville, Ohio) also reached double-figures with 14 kills, while senior Jessie Schnepp (East Longmeadow, Mass.) led all players with 22 digs.

The teams were evenly matched in the opening set as the squads continued to go back and forth before reaching a standstill at 21 points apiece. After a Binghamton service error, Thatcher and Forrest combined for three straight kills to give UNH the 25-21 victory.

Binghamton rebounded in the second set, padding a slim two-point lead with three straight for the 11-6 advantage. After Binghamton stretched its lead to eight, the home side fought back and pulled within one at 19-18, but the Bearcats ended with a 5-2 run to take the set at 25-20.

Binghamton cruised to a 25-13 victory in the third stanza, racking up 16 kills for a .484 hitting percentage. After the Bearcats jumped out to a 7-2 lead, the Wildcats battled back and trimmed the deficit to three at 10-7, but could not get closer as the visitors took control of the match at 2-1.

UNH bounced back in the fourth stanza, opening with a 7-1 advantage, but the Bearcats clawed back and eventually pulled within one at 14-13. Nevertheless, the visitors could not even the score as the Wildcats went on to take the frame, 25-19, and force a fifth and deciding set.

In that set, Binghamton jumped out of the gate with a 7-3 lead until the home side answered back with a 6-1 run, capped off with five straight for the 9-8 advantage. From there, the teams swapped points and one-point leads, and after eight even scores everything was knotted up at 16-16. However, Binghamton closed out the stanza with two straight points for the 18-16 victory to seal the win.

The Wildcats return to action on Sunday, Oct. 28 when they play host to UMBC at 1 p.m. UNH will host a free Kids' Club Clinic following the match, which will also serve as Professor Appreciation Day.

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