Wildcats Defeated by Rams and Big Green to End Dartmouth Duel

HANOVER, N.H. – Sophomore outside hitter Tori Forrest (Powder Springs, Ga.) combined for 20 kills and 16 digs in the second day of the Dartmouth Duel. However, the University of New Hampshire volleyball team fell to the Rams and Big Green by scores of 0-3 and 1-3 respectively at Leede Arena Saturday afternoon.

In the match against Rhode Island (6-6, 0-0 Atlantic 10) the line score was 18-25, 25-27 and 16-25. Against Dartmouth (7-3, 0-0 Ivy), the Wildcats took the first set 25-22 but dropped the following sets by scores of 19-25, 24-26 and 21-25.

Delaney Dameron (Alpharetta, Ga.) led the Wildcats on offense, tallying a season-high 11 kills and accumulated a hitting percentage of .400 in the match against the Rams. Taylor Dunklau (Mukwonago, Wis.) registered 29 assists while Madison Lightfoot (Clarkston, Mich.) scored 15 digs.

Forrest earned her fourth career double-double, posting 13 kills and 11 digs in the loss against Dartmouth. Morgan Thatcher (Brockton, Mass.) chipped in on offense, registering 11 kills. Dunklau orchestrated the attack, dishing out 44 assists. Lightfoot and Dunklau each accumulated 13 digs. Katie Sattora (Avon, N.Y.) also reached double-digit digs, tallying 11. 

Against the Rams, the 'Cats fell behind early, 10-3. Kills from Dameron, Forrest and Sattora rallied UNH back within three, forcing a Rhode Island timeout. New Hampshire kept it close, staying within three in the latter portion of the opening set. However, URI earned four of the last five points, taking the first set 25-18.

New Hampshire opened the second stanza, bolting out to an 11-4 lead. Destiny Tolliver (Rochester, Mich.) struck back-to-back kills while both Dunklau and Sam Henke (Millersville, Md.) each had service aces in the run. The Rams rallied back, eventually tying the set at 22 all. The Wildcats pushed the Rams to set point as Tolliver posted a kill followed by an assisted block. Despite the 'Cats efforts, Rhode prevailed in the set, 27-25.

The Wildcats looked to rebound in the third set, holding a 5-3 advantage early. Rhode Island responded, stringing together seven straight points and 10-of 11, opening a 14-6 lead. Demi Muses (Orangevale, Calif.) aided UNH to cut the deficit to five, posting a kill and a solo block. The Rams however extended their lead again to 10, the largest of the third stanza. Despite three kills from Thatcher late in the set, Rhode Island prevailed in the deciding set, 25-16.

Competing against Dartmouth, the 'Cats dashed out to a 6-0 lead as Dunklau served up two aces, forcing an early timeout for the home side. The Big Green chipped away at the Wildcats' lead, trailing by one at 17-16. However, UNH created separation, posting a pair of kills from Abby Brinkman (Brecksville, Ohio) and Tolliver. Forrest capped off the opening set with a kill of her own as New Hampshire won the stanza, 25-22.

The Big Green put together five consecutive points to open the second set. Despite kills from Brinkman, Forrest and Thatcher, UNH still trailed by five midway in the second stanza. Dartmouth's early lead was too much for New Hampshire to overcome as the Big Green leveled the match and took set two, 25-19.

New Hampshire dropped the first three points to begin the third set. However, UNH rallied quickly, registering five kills and a block to take the lead 8-4. Following a Dartmouth timeout, the Big Green scored eight of the next 12 points, bringing the set score tied at 12. Each side exchanged points, as Dartmouth and UNH were tied at 23. Thatcher struck a kill forcing set point for the Big Green. However, the Big Green answered back, tallying a trio of kills to edge out the 'Cats in the third set, 26-24. 

Both sides remained close to open the fourth set as Dartmouth and UNH were locked at eight all. The Wildcats tried to regroup, taking a timeout and trialing 11-8. New Hampshire clawed back, as Forrest and Thatcher tallied a trio of kills to narrow the Big Green lead to one at 20-19. New Hampshire tried to extend the match to a fifth set as Tolliver tallied a pair of points to level the score at 21. Dartmouth thwarted the 'Cats comeback, taking the last four points in the decisive set, 25-21.

New Hampshire will conclude their non-conference portion of the schedule, as Harvard will welcome the Wildcats. The Crimson and 'Cats clash on Tuesday, Sept. 24 at 7 p.m.

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