Bill Ziskin

UAlbany Volleyball Falters Two-Set Lead in Defeat vs. UNH

UAlbany Sports Information   09-29-2017

Volleyball Score: New Hampshire 3, UAlbany 2 (25-14, 25-21, 19-25, 18-25, 9-15)

Location: Albany, N.Y. – University Gym

Records: UAlbany (1-13, 1-1 AE), New Hampshire (7-9, 2-0 AE)

Short Story: The UAlbany volleyball team had a two-set lead but fell in a five-set match against rival New Hampshire in a rematch of last year’s America East Tournament title contest.

Key Stats:

  • UAlbany: Aquabata Okenwa hit .326 for a double double of 16 kills and 14 digs, adding four blocks. Tatiana Tiangco had 12 kills while Kelly Cameron had a double double on 43 assists and 15 digs.
  • New Hampshire: Gabri Olhava and Kennedi Smith each contributed 13 kills, while Mali Jereczek had a double double of 49 assists and 15 digs.
  • UAlbany hit .315 in the first two victorious sets, but .108 in the following three.
  • With 19 digs tonight, Nicole Otero has 1,140 career digs, moving into eighth all-time in UAlbany history, passing Laini Leindecker.

Set Situations:

  • UAlbany allowed back-to-back points just twice in the first set, having runs of at least 3-0 five times.
  • At 18-18 in the second set, Nicole Otero served UAlbany through a 4-0 run to take the lead for good.
  • At 12-9 UAlbany in the third set, UNH took seven of the next eight points and did not relinquish the lead.
  • A 4-0 UNH run gave the Wildcats a 20-14 advantage in set four to eventually take the set.
  • UNH began up 8-1 in the tiebreak set; UAlbany had a late 4-0 run but could not make up the deficit.

Quotes: “We showed signs of real progress in the beginning, but we need to learn how to play when the other side is not making mistakes.  We will hopefully learn fast and have a quick turnaround tomorrow.” – UAlbany head coach MJ Engstrom

Recap: Despite a two-set lead to begin the match, the UAlbany volleyball team fell to reigning conference champion New Hampshire in five (25-14, 25-21, 19-25, 18-25, 9-15) at the University Gym.

Using three kills from Okenwa, UAlbany got off to a 8-3 start in set one.  After an Emily Tanski kill, Gabrielle Hansen served UAlbany through a 4-0 run to make it 12-4.  At 16-10, UAlbany used two blocks to fuel a 6-1 streak, effective winning the set.  UAlbany took set one 25-14.

Set two was back-and-forth early, with each set having a couple of early 3-0 runs.  UAlbany took a 15-13 lead off kills from Okenwa and Taylor Robinson; later UNH got back the lead at 17-16.  UAlbany broke away at 18-18 with two Chloe Evering kills and two Nicole Otero aces sent UAlbany ahead 22-18.  UNH got to within two, but UAlbany held the lead and took the game 25-21.

At 9-9, Okenwa had two kills in a 3-0 run to send the Great Danes up 12-9.  UNH got seven of the next eight to go up 16-13.  UAlbany got back to within two at 19-17, but Tanski had two late kills to lead UNH to win set three 25-19.

An early 4-0 run off Courtney Bowman’s serving gave UNH a 7-4 advantage.  At 12-7, UAlbany used kills from Tatiana Tiangco and Robinson to get within two at 13-11.  The teams exchanged until a 4-0 UNH run made it 20-14.  UAlbany could not make up the deficit and fell 25-18.

UNH won eight of the first nine points of the five set, later leading 12-4.  Emily Zimmerman served UAlbany through four straight points, but the Great Danes fell 15-9 to fall in the match in five. 

UAlbany is back in action tomorrow at the University Gym, taking on UMass Lowell at 6 p.m.




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