Volleyball falls to New Hampshire in five sets
Oct. 7, 2011
Durham, N.H. - Senior Alicia Nelson (Apple Valley, Minn.) tied a career-best with 26 kills but the Stony Brook University volleyball team fell to the New Hampshire Wildcats 3-2 (23-25, 33-31, 25-10, 19-25, 16-14) on Friday night at Lundhold Gymnasium.
It is the second straight match with 26 kills for Nelson, who added 13 digs. Freshman Laura Hathaway (Warsaw, N.Y.) had a career-best 27 digs for the Seawolves.
The Seawolves (8-9, 2-2 AE) trailed 2-1 entering the fourth set but jumped to a 16-11 lead. UNH closed within two at 21-19 but junior Greta Strenger (Woodbury, Minn.) closed it out with a kill a few points later to send it to a fifth set.
The Wildcats jumped to a 9-4 lead in the fifth set and then seemed poised to win the match with a 14-9 lead before Stony Brook answered with five straight points to tie it at 14. But Amy Keding and Jessy Dick followed with kills to seal the victory for UNH.
Stony Brook fell behind early in the opening set as UNH scored nine of the first 12 points of the match. But the Seawolves slowly chipped away, pulling within 17-16 on a kill from Strenger.
The Wildcats pushed their lead back out to 19-16 but SBU came roaring back, tying the match at 21 on a kill from Sullivan before taking the lead on an ace from senior Jennifer Cunningham (Little Neck, N.Y.). Then, with Stony Brook in front 24-23, Nelson put the set away with a kill.
In the second set it was the Seawolves that jumped to the early lead, scoring six of the first seven points. This time it was New Hampshire that rallied as the Wildcats eventually took an 18-15 advantage.
Leading 24-18, the Wildcats seemed poised to the tie the match at one. But the Seawolves reeled off six straight points to tie the set at 24. The teams continued to battle, with the Seawolves fighting off four more set points before back-to-back kills from Amy Keding gave UNH a 33-31 win.
New Hampshire carried the momentum from the second set win to the third set, jumping to a 10-3 advantage. Stony Brook got no closer than six the rest of the way as UNH took the 2-1 lead.
Stony Brook returns to action on Sunday, traveling to take on Hartford. First serve is set for 2 p.m.