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RELENTLESS RETRIEVERS SCORE FINAL FIVE POINS OF FIFTH SET FOR 3-2 VOLLEYBALL VICTORY OVER NEW HAMPSHIRE
Jessie Folk and Amanda Willey's block late in the fifth set led UMBC to a 3-2 win over New Hampshire.
DURHAM, N.H. - The University of New Hampshire volleyball team (3-16, 0-4 America East) held a 14-11 lead in the fifth game, but could not close out the match as the UMBC Retrievers (10-11, 3-2 AE) scored five unanswered points to defeat the Wildcats in five games, 25-30, 30-17, 28-30, 30-22, 16-14, Friday evening at Lundholm Gymnasium.
UMBC trailing 14-11 earned the serve back on an attack error by UNHís Amy Dai to close the gap, 14-12. With setter Megan Gross serving the Wildcats looked poised to finish the match off on a side out, but Jennifer Wylie dug the ball, allowing Gross to assist Sarah Ball for the kill to close the advantage to 14-13.
UMBC tied the match at 14-14 after an attack error by Dai. On the next point Jessie Folk and Amanda Willey rejected an attack by the Wildcats for one of UMBCís 10 blocks of the match, giving UMBC at 15-14 lead.
On match point Ball and Folk looked to end the match on attacks but were stopped by two digs by Emmy Blouin. After Blouinís second dig Caitlin Dowd tried to tie the match for the Wildcats but missed on an attack error as the Retrievers earned the five-set win.
UMBC was led by Ball, who earned 17 kills in a match-high 67 attempts, plus contributed 14 defensive digs for her ninth double-double of the year. Angela Anderson added 12 kills, while Ashley Hargrove notched seven kills and four blocks.
Gross ran a solid offense, earning 45 assists to go along with 21 digs and three service aces as she tallied her fourth consecutive double-double. Libero Christine Skala led her team with 22 defensive digs as she reached 20-plus digs for the 11th time this season, while Folk earned five block assists.
Three Wildcats reached double figures in kills, led by Blouin's 15 kills. Blouin also earned 17 digs and two service aces. Dowd and Erin Walker tallied 12 kills each, with Dowd contributing 20 digs and three service aces as well. Freshman setter Lucia Bridova notched 51 assists during the match.
UMBC returns to action on Saturday at