UNH faces Albany in AE semifinal

By Arjuna Ramgopal
On November 16, 2012


The UNH Volleyball team is preparing to travel to and take on Albany on Friday, Nov. 16 in the America East semifinals at 7 p.m. The Wildcats (15-3, 7-5 conference) are the fourth seed while the Great Danes (13-15, 10-2 conference) are the first seed. 

Incidentally, UNH and Albany last squared off for both team's season finale on Sunday, Nov. 11 at Lundholm gymnasium. 

After losing the first two sets, the Wildcats fought back with two impressive sets, winning each 25-18. The Great Danes controlled the fifth and final set. Albany won the set 15-11 and the match 3-2. 

The two teams also met earlier in the season at Albany, on Oct. 12. The Great Danes won that game, 3-1. 

Albany has been the powerhouse in America East volleyball for years. This will be Albany's fifth consecutive hosting of the America East championship, and eighth in nine years. The Great Danes have also won seven of the last nine championships. 

UNH has won three America East championships in 1998, 2002 and 2003. All three years the America East tournament was hosted in Durham. Current head coach Jill Hirschinger was also the head coach for all three of those championship teams. 

Last year the Wildcats earned the number two seed and faced the number three seed Stony Brook. The Wildcats ended up losing that match 3-1. Then senior Amy Keding was named to the All-Tournament team. 

Despite being heavy underdogs in the match, the Wildcats are staying positive and excited for the America East tournament. 

"Our biggest goal right now is to win conferences, to do it as a team," junior captain Morgan Thatcher said. "Everyone has a role and a job on this team and as long as we all do that job, we'll be okay."

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