Northeastern women’s volleyball falls to UNH in five

Jordan Baron, sports editor

The Northeastern women’s volleyball team fell to the University of New Hampshire by a score of 3-2 Tuesday night. The loss halted the Huskies three-game win streak and brought their record to 4-3 on the season.

The first set was hard fought but ultimately saw UNH victorious. The Wildcats went ahead 2-1 to open the set before Northeastern went on a 5-0 run to go up 6-2. Setters on both sides played exceptionally well, with UNH setters combining for 9 assists in the first set. The score was close until midway through, when the Wildcats put together two separate 4-0 runs to make the score 19-16, going on to win the first set, 25-22.

Northeastern put up a much stronger fight in the second set, forcing the Wildcats to score 26 points in an unfortunate 26-24 loss. The UNH setters were the difference-makers again, as junior Emma Patlovich finished the second set with 12 assists, while freshman Wren MaCaulay led UNH in the set with 14.

The Huskies stepped their game up in the third and fourth sets, winning both by a large margin. In the third, the Wildcats kept the game close for some time. That is, until the Huskies put together back-to-back-to-back scoring runs, ending on a 5-0 run that powered them to a 25-16 win. The story was the same in the fourth, as the Huskies put together two consecutive runs, 4-0 and 3-0, to propel them to a 25-20 win.

The fifth set proved to be the end of the Huskies comeback attempt. The scoring was tied at 10-10 before UNH went on a 3-0 run. The Wildcats went on to win the set 15-11, securing the match win and improving to 6-2 on the season.

The play of NU’s setters proved to be a silver lining in the unfortunate loss. Freshman Liz Carroll put together an impressive 25 assists in the match, while junior Samantha Shupe trailed her by just one at 24. Junior outside hitter Athena Ardila led the Huskies in kills with 13, and senior middle blocker Natalie Shollin held a .471 hitting percentage throughout the match.

The Huskies look to rebound against Fairfield University (2-4) this Friday.