UNH Alone in 1st Place After Friday #AEVB Matches
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - For the second time this season, New Hampshire took over sole possession of first place in the America East Conference standings. The Wildcats own a one match lead on Albany, UMBC and Stony Brook after Friday's results with four more matches to be played this weekend. Recap Friday's action and take a look at the rest of the weekend:
Friday, Nov. 1
at Providence 3, UMass Lowell 0
- The Friars topped UMass Lowell in straight sets to sweep the season series.
- Providence came out on fire offensively, hitting .452 in the first set with 18 kills compared to eight for the River Hawks. Jordan Wiesler had 16 assists in the first set.
- Providence edged out UMass Lowell in the second set as the River Hawks had a .444 attack percentage but could not overcome the Friars.
- Mackenzie Ziegler led the Friars with 13 kills and a .458 attack percentage. UMass Lowell was paced by Anisa Smith's 12 kills and .455 hitting percentage.
New Hampshire 3 at Hartford 0
- Setter Taylor Dunklau orchestrated the New Hampshire offense to a .324 hitting percentage as the Wildcats swept Hartford and the season series.
- New Hampshire has now won two-straight and six of its last seven matches. The .324 hitting percentage was the team's second-best of the year and included a .457 mark in the second set.
- The two teams battled in a first set that needed extra points to decide, but a service error by Hartford and then a Sam Henke ace gave the first frame to the visitors.
- The Wildcats jumped out to a 15-5 lead in the second set, finishing with a .457 attack percentage (17 kills, one error) to take a two-set lead.
- Tori Forrest led New Hampshire with 16 kills on a .367 hitting percentage and eight digs.
- Hartford had three players with 10 kills including a double-double from Sareeta Nethersole.
- UMBC remained in a three-way tie for second place with a four-set win over Binghamton to split the season series.
- It was a very closesly contested match, only one set being decided by more than two points and two sets needing extra points to decide. There was a total of 21 lead changes and 43 ties in the match.
- UMBC's Ali Goc recorded a match-high 18 kills to go with 15 digs for her team-leading 12th double-double.
- Allison Hovie led Binghamton with a double-double of her own, notching 16 kills and 12 digs.
- The Retrievers outhit the Bearcats (.275-.184) while also out-blocking their foes, 10.0-7.0.
- It is the second-straight year the teams have split the season series.
Albany 3 at Stony Brook 0
- UAlbany earned an important road victory over in-state rival Stony Brook, pulling into a three-way tie for second with UMBC and the Seawolves in the standings.
- Samantha Brostrom stepped-up for the Great danes in a hostile environment, recording 15 kills on a .433 attack percentage to go with nine digs.
- Despite the sweep, it was a back-and-forth match where only the first set was decided by more than two points.
- The Great Danes trailed 14-11 and then 16-14 in the first set, but won 11 of the final 15 points to earn a 25-20 win.
- Stony Brook held a lead for the majority of the second set, leading by as many as four points at 18-14. The Great Danes battled back to take a 23-21 lead before Kaitlin Costello tied the set with back-to-back kills. Albany ended the set with back-to-back kills by Sofia Furlong and Brostrom.
- The Seawolves once again jumped out to an early advantage in the third set, leading by as many as five points at 12-7. Albany took its first lead at 21-20 and then hold on for a 25-23 victory.
Saturday, Nov. 2
New Hampshire at Providence - 2 pm
Sunday, Nov. 3
UMass Lowell at Hartford - 1 pm
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Binghamton at Stony Brook - 1pm
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Albany at UMBC - 2 pm