Volleyball Set for Conference Tilt Against UMass Lowell

DURHAM, N.H. – The University of New Hampshire volleyball team returns to Lundholm Gymnasium as the Wildcats look to keep pace atop the America East standings, hosting the River Hawks on Saturday, Oct. 26 at 2 p.m

All-Time Series: New Hampshire and UMass Lowell have met twice in their history as the 'Cats lead the all-time series 2-0. UNH knocked off the River Hawks on the road in three sets earlier this season. The Wildcats have only dropped one set to the River Hawks dating back to 1984.

Scouting UMass Lowell: The River Hawks enter the weekend 0-19 overall and 0-7 in conference contests. Last weekend, UMass Lowell dropped two contests in straight sets against Albany (17-25, 17-25, 14-25) and Binghamton (18-25, 13-25, 14-25).

Anisa Smith leads UML offensively, tallying 102 kills and averaging 1.82 kps this season. Smith is assisted by Ella Merrill (87, 1.93) and Brooke Peterson (71, 1.34). Peterson spearheads the service game, pacing the River Hawks with 10 aces thus far. Orchestrating the attack, Kamiren Humphrey has dished out 255 assists, compiling 4.40 aps. 

Defensively, Carolyn Eddy anchors the backcourt, notching 222 digs and ranking seventh overall in America East. Smith spearheads the blocking unit, rejecting 47 attacks during the 2013 campaign.

Last Time Out: The Wildcats split a pair of conference contests, defeating Binghamton in four sets (25-16, 22-25, 25-17, 26-24) and Albany in three (14-25, 16-25, 20-25).

Against Binghamton, Tori Forrest (Powder Springs, Ga.) led the way offensively, notching 14 kills, six digs and posting a .214 hitting percentage. Morgan Thatcher (Brockton, Mass.) and Delaney Dameron (Alpharetta, Ga.) registered double-digit kill performances, earning 12 apiece. Taylor Dunklau (Mukwonago, Wis.) posted a double-double performance, quarterbacking the offense to a .258 hitting percentage, tallying 40 assists and 12 digs. Madison Lightfoot (Clarkston, Mich.) and Katie Sattora (Avon, N.Y.) led the defensive unit posting 13 digs each in the victory.

In the match versus Albany, Forrest paced both sides of the ball, accumulating nine kills and 14 digs. Dunklau distributed 23 assists in the three set loss. Sam Henke (Millersville, Md.) and Lightfoot earned double-digit dig performances, tallying 11 and 12 respectively.

The State of New Hampshire: UNH comes into the weekend at 11-12 overall and 5-2 in America East. At the midpoint of the conference schedule, New Hampshire sits in a four-way tie for first place in America East with UMBC (14-8, 5-2), Stony Brook (11-12, 5-2) and Albany (5-15, 5-2). 

Offensively, Forrest and Thatcher are the forefront of the 'Cats attack, recording 231 and 222 kills respectively. Coordinating the offense to an .189 hitting percentage, Dunklau has averaged 9.21 aps, logging 783 assists this season. Defensively, Destiny Tolliver (Rochester, Mich.) leads the America East in blocking, racking up 0.98 bps. Anchoring the backcourt, Lightfoot has scooped out 367 digs, second highest total in the conference.

Home Cooking: At Lundholm Gymnasium, the Wildcats boast a 5-1 mark this season with the Cats' only loss to Missouri State back on Sept. 7. Additionally, UNH has defeated its opponent in straight sets on four occasions. 

Record Book: Currently, three UNH volleyball players rank in the all-time top 10 in assists, blocks, kills and total attacks. Dunklau ranks fourth in program history, dishing out 1,734 assists. Tolliver joined the 300 block club against Hartford (Oct. 13) and has accumulated 308 in her career, fifth in program history. Becoming just the seventh member of the 1,000 kill club, Thatcher reached the milestone in a nine kill performance at UMBC (Oct. 6). Thatcher has notched 1,041 kills and 2,711 attack attempts in her career, ranking sixth and eighth respectively.

Due Next: The Wildcats conclude their last away games of the regular season, traveling to Hartford and Providence. UNH takes on the Hawks on Friday, Nov. 1 at 7 p.m while the Friars host the 'Cats on Saturday, Nov. 2 at 2 p.m.

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