Dunn’s 35 Assists and 18 Digs Leads Volleyball to Sweep at Second Place New Hampshire

Dunn’s 35 Assists and 18 Digs Leads Volleyball to Sweep at Second Place New Hampshire

Durham, N.H. -- Redshirt junior setter Taylor Dunn (Virginia Beach, Va.) had 35 assists and a career high 18 digs as the visiting UMBC Volleyball team swept second place New Hampshire (27-25, 25-22, 25-17) on Friday night. 

UMBC (5-15, 2-5 AE) hit .365 on Dunn's sets, and also got 20 kills and eight digs from junior Carmen Freeman (Memphis, Tenn.) in the victory. Freshman Kamani Conteh (New Castle, Del.) helped pace the offense as she finished with 12 kills on .300 hitting.

New Hampshire (14-7, 4-2) jumped out to a 4-0 lead in a first set that featured 10 ties and five lead changes. The Retrievers battled back and eventually took a 14-11 lead before UNH rattled off five straight to go up 16-14. UMBC would eventually tie the set at 17 and the teams would exchange leads until back-to-back Freeman kills put the Retrievers up 24-21 and forced the hosts to call timeout. 

The Wildcats then got three straight to tie, UMBC had a second set point, but UNH again fought it off. Franchesca Reed (Aurora, Colo.) and Niki Khoshatefeh (Temecula, Calif.) then combined for a block, one of five on the night for each, to give the Retrievers a third set point, and this time they'd clinch the set with a kill by freshman Emily Ferketic (Pittsburgh, Pa.). Ferketic collected five kills (.333 hitting) and six blocks in the match. 

UMBC rallied off eight straight points early in the second to go up 11-4. The Retriever lead would get to 17-10 before New Hampshire scored nine of the next 10 points to take a 19-18 lead. Conteh would get a kill, followed by two straight from Freeman and then a ball handling error gave UMBC four straight points and a 22-19 lead. The teams then alternated points as Freeman answered every UNH point with one of her own as the Retrievers took the second, 25-22, to go up 2-0.

The Retrievers would go on a huge 13-0 run in the third to take a 15-2 lead and cruised to a 25-17 victory in the set to clinch the sweep.

It was the first time UNH had been swept at home since 10/29/17, and it was only the second loss in eight home matches this year for the Wildcats.This was just UMBC's fourth sweep of New Hampshire in 35 matches, first sweep of them overall since 11/4/2011 and only the second time the Retrievers have swept the Wildcats on the road (11/12/2006).

UMBC closes out the home portion of its schedule when it hosts two-time defending conference champion Stony Brook on Friday night at 7 p.m., followed by a Senior Day matinee at 1 p.m. on Sunday against Hartford.