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Volleyball Drops 3-1 Decision at New Hampshire
Dalton Tolliver led UMBC with 11 kills at UNH.
Durham, N.H.- New Hampshire’s Lauren Laquerre and Morgan Thatcher had 16 kills each as the host Wildcats (5-15, 4-0 America East) defeated UMBC (11-9, 1-4), 3-1, in an America East match at Lundholm Gymnasium.
The Wildcats took the match, 25-22, 25-13, 17-25, 25-22 and extended UMBC’s losing streak to three straight.
UMBC freshman Dalton Tolliver (Ortonville, Mich.) was the lone Retriever in double figures in kills with 11. Sophomores Hallie Carter (Huntington Beach, Calif.) and Ali Loynachan (Whitby, Ont.) each contributed a game-high 17 digs.
The Retrievers seemed to be in control in the first set, building an 18-12 lead, capped by a kill by freshman Hannah Schmidt (Catonsvillle, Md./Mount de Sales). But the Wildcats went on a 10-1 run to take a 22-19 lead and held off the visitors to capture the set.
UNH never trailed in the second set, but the Retrievers scored six of the final seven points of the third set to extend the match.
UMBC trailed for much of the fourth set, but scored five straight points to level the score at 20-20. But with the score tied at 21-all, Thatcher recorded two kills and solo block over the next four points to provide the hosts a 24-22 lead as they finished off the match on the next serve.
The Wildcats outhit UMBC, .199 to .150 and edged the Retrievers in blocking, 7.0-4.0.
Tolliver hit .318 for the match and senior Iman Kennedy (Charlotte, N.C.) contributed eight kills.
New Hampshire has now won four of the last five matches vs. UMBC and took a 9-8 lead in the all-time series.
The Retrievers return home to face Providence as part of the weekend’s Homecoming Festivities on Friday, Oct. 14 at 5:00 p.m. The contest is part of the Side Out Foundation’s Dig Pink campaign, which promotes breast cancer awareness.