DURHAM, N.H. – Freshman middle blocker Demi Muses (Orangevale, Calif.) tallied eight kills, four blocks and a .467 hitting average, fueling the University of New Hampshire volleyball team to a 3-0 win over Providence at Lundholm Gymnasium Friday evening. The set scores were 25-21, 25-14 and 25-12.
UNH, improves to 9-11 overall and 3-1 in America East while Providence drops to 9-11, 2-2.
Sophomore outside hitter Tori Forrest (Powder Springs, Ga.) paced the Wildcats in kills, tallying 10 while chipping in seven digs. Senior right side hitter Destiny Tolliver (Rochester, Mich.) recorded nine kills and earned two blocks in the victory. Junior setter Taylor Dunklau (Mukwonago, Wis.) quarterbacked the offense to a .272 hitting average, dishing out 34 assists. Sophomore defensive setter Madison Lightfoot (Clarkston, Mich.) hindered the Friars' offense to a .028 average, earning 15 digs in the match.
In set one, the Friars jumped to an 8-3 lead before UNH rallied to tie the score 9-9. Providence carved out a three-point edge, leading 13-10. However, a Tolliver kill followed by consecutive hitting errors from the Friars leveled the set again. After exchanging the next six points, Morgan Thatcher (Brockton, Mass.) recorded a kill to give the Wildcats their first lead of the set. Providence battled back, stringing together a 4-1 run, taking a 20-18 lead and forcing a New Hampshire timeout.
Following the timeout, the 'Cats tallied four consecutive points to recapture the lead by a score of 22-20. Despite a Friars' timeout, momentum for UNH continued, capturing the first 25-21 and taking a 1-0 lead.
UNH carried the momentum in the second set, bolting out to a 7-2 lead. New Hampshire extended the lead to 15-6, powered by a trio of kills from Forrest and Muses. Providence tried to regroup, calling a timeout and trialing 17-7. However, UNH continued to apply pressure, registering a 6-1 run en route to taking the second set, 25-14 and a 2-0 match advantage.
The Friars and Wildcats exchanged the first four points to open the third stanza. UNH followed, recording seven-straight points to open a 10-3 advantage. Providence battled back, cutting the Wildcats' lead to 12-9. New Hampshire responded, tallying six of the next eight points to lead 18-11. Despite a Friars' timeout, UNH capped of the set, recording a 7-1 run, taking the decisive set 25-14.
New Hampshire returns to the court on Sunday, Oct. 13 (1 p.m.) to host Hartford in its annual Dig Pink® game. Fans, be sure to wear pink to support the Side-Out Foundation's mission to raise awareness for breast cancer. To learn more about the Side-Out Foundation and to make a donation, be sure to visit side-out.org.