Volleyball Hosts Hartford and Albany to Wrap Up Regular Season

Match 27 | Nov. 9 vs. Hartford | 7 p.m.
Match 28 | Nov. 11 vs. Albany | 1 p.m.

DURHAM, N.H. – The University of New Hampshire volleyball team will play host to Hartford on Friday, Nov. 9 at 7 p.m. before taking on Albany for a Senior Day matchup on Sunday, Nov. 11 at 1 p.m. Both matches will take place 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 enters the final weekend of the regular season in search of a playoff spot for the America East Championship Tournament. UNH enters the weekend tied for fourth in the standings with Stony Brook, while Albany, UMBC and Binghamton are also in contention for the four available playoff slots. Most recently, the Wildcats fell to Stony Brook, 3-1, last Sunday. Morgan Thatcher led the way with 13 kills, while sophomore Destiny Tolliver and freshman Abby Brinkman posted 10 kills apiece. As a team, New Hampshire leads the conference in assists (11.70) and kills (12.56) and ranks second in blocks (1.81) and digs (15.93). Jessie Schnepp ranks second in digs (4.92), while Thatcher is second overall in kills (3.61).

Scouting Hartford || The Hartford volleyball team enters the weekend on a four-match losing skid after dropping a pair of straight-set road matches to Binghamton and UMBC last weekend. Jackie Tamburri paces the conference in service aces (0.41) and the Hawks rank second in the league in that category with 1.38 service aces per set. Sareeta Nethersole leads the Hawks with 343 total kills, 3.61 kills per set and a .239 hitting percentage. Tamburri also leads the squad with 9.65 assists per set and has appeared in all 98 sets this season.

All-Time Series vs. Hartford || UNH is 32-3 all-time against Hartford. Hartford beat UNH in five sets in the first meeting this season, defeating the Wildcats for the first time since 1996 and ending a 31-match winning streak in the series for New Hampshire.

Scouting Albany || Albany enters the weekend ranked first in the conference standings and can secure a playoff spot with a victory over Providence on Friday, claiming the regular season title for the fifth-straight season. Albany ended a two-match skid with a win over Binghamton last Sunday, marking the first time the Great Danes lost back-to-back conference matches since the 2003 season. As a team, Albany leads the conference in digs (16.58), while Viktoriia Stroilo leads the way individually with 5.29 digs per set. Sara Pope leads the team in hitting with 3.24 kills per set.

All-Time Series vs. Albany || UNH is 12-14 all-time against the reigning conference champions. The Wildcats fell to Albany, 3-1, in the first meeting this season to snap a seven-match winning streak. Thatcher and freshman Tori Forrest led the way with 16 kills apiece.

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