Volleyball falls to UNH in five sets on Senior Day
Nov. 6, 2011
Stony Brook, N.Y. - Senior Alicia Nelson (Apple Valley, Minn.) tallied a career-high 27 kills but the New Hampshire Wildcats rallied for a 3-2 (25-12, 20-25, 20-25, 25-23, 15-11) victory over the Stony Brook University volleyball team on Sunday at Pritchard Gymnasium. SBU honored its four seniors - Nelson, Masa Balandzic, Jennifer Cunningham and Kelsey Sullivan - prior to the match.
Balandzic led the Seawolves (13-12, 6-5 AE) with 10 digs and also had seven of Stony Brook's season-high 13 aces. Playing her final home match, Sullivan had 50 assists and eight digs to go along with four kills.
With the match tied 1-1, Stony Brook scored six of the first seven points in the third set behind three early kills from Nelson. SBU eventually pushed its lead to 18-9 and UNH got no closer than five the rest of the way as Stony Brook took a 2-1 lead.
Stony Brook led most of the way in the fourth set and had a 20-17 lead following a block from Sullivan and sophomore Evann Slaughter (Clinton, Md.). But the Wildcats scored six of the next eight points to take a 23-22 advantage.
The Seawolves tied it at 23 on a UNH service error but a kill from Morgan Thatcher and a Stony Brook attack error gave UNH the set. Sunday was SBU's 11th five-set match of the season.
New Hampshire led all the way in the fifth set, taking control with a 6-3 spurt midway through that made it 10-6. SBU got within 12-10 on s Sullivan kill but the Wildcats scored three of the final four points to take the set and the match.
It was the Wildcats second five-set victory over the Seawolves this season. Amy Keding led UNH with 17 kills and Lauren Laquerre chipped in with 16.
The Wildcats hit .417 in the opening set on their way to a 13-point victory. UNH took an 11-5 lead in the second set but SBU then ran off 11 straight points, 10 on the serve of Balandzic, to take a 16-11 lead.
UNH got within 23-20 but the Seawolves closed out the set on a New Hampshire service error and another Balandzic ace.
The Seawolves play their final regular season game on Friday, traveling to take on Providence. First serve is set for 7 p.m.