STONY BROOK, N.Y. – Junior Morgan Thatcher (Brockton, Mass.) recorded a team-high 13 kills and two other Wildcats also notched double-figures but the University of New Hampshire volleyball team fell to Stony Brook, 3-1, Sunday afternoon at Pritchard Gymnasium.
With the loss, the Wildcats dip to 14-12 overall and 6-4 in America East, while the Seawolves move to 11-12 on the season and 6-4 in conference play. Set scores in the match were 18-25, 25-20, 21-25 and 17-25.
In addition to Thatcher, sophomore Destiny Tolliver (Rochester, Mich.) and freshman Abby Brinkman (Brecksville, Ohio) posted 10 kills apiece. Sophomore Taylor Dunklau (Mukwonago, Wis.) led all players with 42 assists, while senior Jessie Schnepp (East Longmeadow, Mass.) led the Wildcats defensively with 11 digs.
The teams were even in the opening stages of the first set before Stony Brook used a 9-1 run to break a 6-6 tie for the 15-7 advantage. UNH trimmed the deficit to seven, but could not get closer as the home side captured the stanza, 25-18.
Once again, the squads were tightly contested in the second set, but this time New Hampshire broke away from the 11-11 even score with a 6-2 stretch to take the lead at 17-13. Stony Brook stormed back to pull within a point at 21-20, but the Wildcats ended the set with four unanswered points to claim the victory at 25-20.
New Hampshire opened the third set with a slim 9-6 lead until the Seawolves clawed back to even the score at 11-11. After three more even scores and the teams knotted up at 15-15, Stony Brook rattled off a 6-1 stretch for the 21-16 advantage to pave the way for the 25-21.
Stony Brook jumped out to a 7-2 lead to open the fourth set, but the Wildcats reeled off seven straight to move out in front at 8-7. Stony Brook answered right back with nine unanswered points to take back the lead, 16-8, and held on for the 25-17 victory to seal the win.
The Wildcats return to action on Friday, Nov. 9 when they play host to Hartford at 7 p.m.