DURHAM, N.H. – History was made on Saturday afternoon at Lundholm Gymnasium, as the New Hampshire Wildcats became the first team in America East history to win four-straight volleyball titles with a straight-set win over Albany (25-22, 25-18, 25-18).
New Hampshire, which won their seventh title in program history, advances to the NCAA tournament for the fourth-straight season. The Wildcats (21-10) will learn their NCAA draw during the NCAA selection show Sunday, Nov. 27 at 9 p.m. on ESPNU. The seven titles are the most for any program in America East history.
Senior setter Keelin Severtson earned the championship’s Most Outstanding Player award as she dished out 68 assists over two matches and helped the Wildcats become the first team since 2011 to sweep both of their tournament contests.
Demi Muses, who joined Severtson on the All-Championship Team, led the Wildcats with 10 kills and added 10 digs in the title match. Senior Sara Carlson, who is playing her first season of volleyball after being a four-year star for the UNH women’s hockey team, also grabbed an All-Championship selection after posting a team-high 13 digs in the final.
The Wildcats held Albany to a .060 hitting percentage, recording 48 digs and six team blocks. UNH also hit .209 as a team and received outstanding efforts from three freshmen in Kennedi Smith (eight kills), Emily Tanski (seven kills) and Hannah Petke (seven kills).
Joining Severtson, Muses and Carlson on the All-Championship team are Albany’s Laini Leindecker and Nicole Otero, Binghamton’s Gaby Alicea and UMBC’s Zoya Trendafilova.
UNH’s Courtney Bowman earned the America East Elite 17 volleyball honor for having the highest GPA among student-athletes participating in the championship game. Bowman, a senior, has a 3.76 GPA as an occupational therapy major.