COLLEGE PARK, Md. – The University of New Hampshire volleyball team competed in the first game of the Maryland Tournament. New Hampshire fell to the host Terrapins 3-0 at the Comcast Center Friday evening.
Abby Brinkman (Brecksville, Ohio), Cassidy Croci (Sylvania, Ohio) and Morgan Thatcher (Brockton, Mass.) each had six kills in the losing effort for New Hampshire (5-4, 0-0 America East). Junior setter Taylor Dunklau (Mukwonago, Wis.) orchestrated the offense, tallying 27 assists. Sophomore defensive setter Madison Lightfoot (Clarkston, Mich.), paced the defensive effort, posting 14 digs. Freshman Demi Muses (Orangevale, Calif), tallied a career-high three service aces and a kill.
Mary Cushman registered a game-high ten kills for the Terrapins. Amy Dion dished out 13 assists in the win. Ashleigh Crutcher and Sarah Harper tallied 14 and 12 digs respectively, anchoring the Maryland defense.
New Hampshire and Maryland exchanged points to start the second set. The Wildcats carved out a 10-7 lead, powered from Brinkman and Thatcher. Maryland stormed back, stringing together eight straight points and taking a 16-11 lead. Despite the 'Cats efforts, the Terps maintained their lead, taking the second set, 25-19.
The Wildcats will play two matches Saturday, Sept. 14 to finish off the Maryland Tournament. New Hampshire will take on Villanova at 11 a.m. and George Mason at 5 p.m.