UNH won its fourth-straight match on Friday night.
UNH won its fourth-straight match on Friday night.
Courtesy: America East Communications

UNH Holds 1-Game Lead on First with Win Friday

Release: 10/19/2013

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - America East volleyball teams finish their first pass through the conference schedule with New Hampshire holding a one-game lead on first place with four teams tied for second at 3-2. The top four teams in the conference standings qualify for the America East Championship. Here is a look at the weekend matchups:

Friday, Oct. 18

New Hampshire 3 (11-11, 5-1) at Binghamton 1 (4-16, 2-4)
Box Score

  • New Hampshire earned its fourth-straight win, defeating Binghamton in four sets in Vestal, N.Y., on Friday night.
  • Reigning America East Player of the Week led UNH with 14 kills while Delaney Dameron  and Morgan Thatcher each registered 12 kills, compiling hitting averages of .550 and .391 respectively.
  • The Wildcats took the first set, hitting a match-high .400 in the frame.
  • Binghamton bounced-back to knot the match at one-set apiece. The Bearcats scored six-straight to end the set after trailing 22-19. Grace Vickers pounded home the final two kills and finished with a team-high 13.
  • New Hampshire's defense took over in the final two sets, holding Binghamton to .033 and .068 hitting percentages, respectively, in the third and fourth frames.

at Albany 3 (4-15, 4-2), UMass Lowell 0 (0-18, 0-6)
Box Score

  • Albany had 53 digs and seven blocks to hold visiting UMass Lowell to an .045 hitting percentage on its way to a sweep.
  • Tatum Jungsten led the Great Dane offense with 13 kills and a .579 hitting percentage, the highest for any America East player on Friday night with at-least 10 kills.
  • Mikala McCauley had a double-double for UAlbany with 30 assists and 10 digs.
  • Seven Great Danes had at-least three kills in the match.

at UMBC 3 (13-8, 4-2), Hartford 1 (8-14, 2-4)
(22-25, 25-22, 25-21, 25-21)
Box Score | Highlights

  • UMBC edged out Hartford in four sets to hold in a three-way tie for second at 4-2 in the conference. None of the sets between the Hawks and Retrievers were decided by more than four points.
  • Hartford came out and captured the first set, 25-22, thanks to stellar play from Corinne Horazny, who recorded a career-high 17 kills.
  • Emily Witsaman led UMBC back to win the second set and even the match by recorded seven of her team-high 17 kills.
  • UMBC won the next two set by identical scores of 25-22. The team finished with 10 total blocks and a .226 hitting percentage compared to .216 for the Hawks.
  • Hannah Schmidt had her fourth double-double with 15 kills and 11 digs.

at Stony Brook 3 (10-12, 4-2), Providence 1 (3-3, 11-12)

Box Score | Highlights

  • Stony Brook kept pace with UMBC and Albany with a hard-fought four-set win over Providence in a match where the teams were separated by no more than three points in every set.
  • Katilin Costello paced the Seawolves with 22 kills and a .409 hitting percentage to go with 13 digs.
  • Providence was led by Mackenzie Ziegler's 11 kills. The Friars did not commit a single attack error in the first set to take the 1-0 lead.
  • Stony Brook won three-straight to win the match in four sets, outhitting the Friars in the rest of the match and recording 69 digs.

Sunday, Oct. 20

Hartford at Stony Brook - 1 pm
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  • Stony Brook has won five of its last six matches heading into Sunday and is in a three-way tie for second at 4-2 in the conference.
  • Hartford has dropped back-to-back matches after winning two-straight and is two games outside the America East Championship.
  • The Hawks are the top assist team in the conference during league play at 12.00 assists per set.
  • Stony Brook is one of the top serving teams in the nation and lead the America East with 1.88 aces per set during conference play.

UMass Lowell at Binghamton - 1 pm
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  • Binghamton looks to get back on track with losses in four of its five matches.
  • The River Hawks are searching for their first Division I win.
  • Grace Vickers leads the Bearcats and is fourth in the conference with a .312 hitting percentage during America East action.
  • UMass Lowell junior Anisa Smith averaged 0.95 blocks per set during conference play which ranks sixth.

New Hampshire at Albany - 1 pm
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  • New Hampshire holds a one-game lead on first place in the conference with a 5-1 record.
  • Albany is just one game behind New Hampshire for first place at 4-2, and is tied with Stony Brook and UMBC for second.
  • The Great Danes and Wildcats have been the best defensive teams during conference play, as they are tied for first in opponent hitting percentage at .145.
  • The Wildcats are first in the conference during league play with a .242 team hitting percentage.

Providence at UMBC - 2 pm
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  • UMBC is in a three-way tie for second in the conference at 4-2, while Providence is just one game behind at 3-3.
  • The Retrievers are hitting .204 as a team during conference play which ranks second.
  • Paced by Lindsay Witt, the Friars are third in the conference averaged 2.02 blocks per set.