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Chargers Chosen Atop Northeast-10 Coaches’ Preseason Poll

by Charger Athletics | September 3, 2014

SOUTH EASTON, Mass. – The two-time defending Northeast-10 Conference champion University of New Haven women’s volleyball team was voted atop the 2014 NE-10 Coaches’ Preseason Poll, as announced today by the conference office. The Chargers have won four NE-10 Championships and six consecutive NE-10 regular season crowns in their six seasons as a member of the conference.

New Haven seeks third consecutive NE-10 crown this fall (Women’s Volleyball / Photo provided by Charger Athletics)

New Haven seeks third consecutive NE-10 crown this fall (Women’s Volleyball / Photo provided by Charger Athletics)

The Chargers acquired 10 first-place votes from the conference’s 15 head coaches and received 191 total points to head the poll. Three first-place tallies went to second-place Bentley, while Adelphi and Saint Rose each received one first-place vote to put them at third and fourth place, respectively.

New Haven enters the 2014 season – the 21st campaign for Head Coach Robin Salters ‘91 – with an all-time record of 88-0 in the Northeast-10 regular season.

The Chargers begin their 2014 slate with four non-region matches at the FSC/Terrace Hotel Classic hosted by Florida Southern on Sept. 5-6. Action comes to Charger Gymnasium for the first time on Saturday, Sept. 13 as New Haven opens its NE-10 slate against Franklin Pierce as part of a tri-match that also features non-conference opponent Queens

Women’s Athlete of the Week: Kaulana Ane – #9 Volleyball

by Chris Schnabel | October 30, 2013

Chris Schnabel: Player of the week, how does it feel to get this honor, knowing you were awarded it because of your high level of play?

Photo Provided by Charger Athletics

Photo Provided by Charger Athletics

Kaulana Ane: “I feel very honored and blessed to have gotten this award. I can definitely say that even though I was picked out of my team, I could not have done it without them. I always need a pass or need a kill, in order to get the stats that I got. I can always thank them and coach for where I am today.”

CS: You neared a triple double, getting the 20th double-double of your career. What did you do to prepare for the game?

KA: “That game our coach just had us clear our minds to really focus on what we need to do on our side of the net and just kind of be one unit and really focus on moving with each other and being one whole player. I think that’s what helped us reach our career highs.”

CS: You guys have the third best hitting percentage in the NE-10. Is this team working on all cylinders right now?

KA: “I think that we have been constantly trying to better ourselves in practice and in games. Hopefully we can get more consistent on all cylinders, and right now our coach has us running a bunch of different plays and quick stuff, so hopefully we can get our percentages up to being number one.”

CS: What’s been the toughest part of the season thus far?

KA: “The losses that we had in the beginning of the season. It was a big shock to everyone that we lost to a team that we should not have lost to, and I think it helps us push harder and want to do better this season in games. We’re always striding to do better and it gives a better feel to prove to people that this is what we are really about.”

CS: What made you decide to come all the way here from Hawaii?

KA: “Everyone asks me that, being from Hawaii, you’re in such a close knit place, it’s like, ‘small town girl makes it big’ coming over here. I wanted to come here because of the great pride and honor, and the whole community atmosphere with athletics that prides in making their athletes better people in addition to better athletes. I really like that part of the program, and most of all, the education. I’m not just here to play; I’m here to get an education, so I really appreciate all this school has to offer me. I’m truly blessed to be here.”

Chargers Win NCAA Division II East Region Championship

by Charger Athletics | December 5, 2012

WEST HAVEN, Conn. – The University of New Haven women’s volleyball team advanced to the 2012 NCAA Division II Elite Eight Championship with a 3-2 win over Bridgeport on Saturday evening in the NCAA East Region Championship Match. The Chargers advance to the Elite Eight for the 12th time in program history. New Haven won the match by set scores of 25-16, 20-25, 25-13, 20-25 and 18-16.

The Chargers advance to the Elite Eight for the 12th time in program history.

New Haven, which returns to the Elite Eight for the first time since 2008, improves the nation’s best record to 30-1 with its 27th consecutive victory. The Northeast-10 Conference Champion and top-seeded Chargers reach the 30-win plateau for the 20th time in the program’s 37-year history.

Second-seeded Bridgeport – the East Coast Conference Champions – ends its season at 27-5.

Kristy Atufunwa (Denver, Colo./Denver East) and Keidy Candelaria (Vega Baja, Puerto Rico/Bayamon Military Academy) shared the match high with 15 kills apiece. Amber Cannady (Yonkers, N.Y./Charles E. Gorton) added 14 finishers, and Kristen Lee (Colorado Springs, Colo./Liberty) posted 10. Ashley Dalton (Helena, Mont./Capital / Northern Arizona) contributed four kills, and Kea-Marie Olaso (Kailua, Hawai’i/Le Jardin Academy) notched one. Kaulana Ane (Paia, Hawaii/Kamehameha) distributed 49 assists with five kills of her own for New Haven, which collectively hit .171 (64-30-199).

Defensively, Olaso registered 28 kills, and Bai Zhang (China/Shan Dong Zi Bo No. 10 / China Shan Dong Normal University) had 13 from the back row. Ane, Lee and Candelaria all completed double-doubles with 12, 11 and 10 digs, respectively. At the net, Atufunwa had a hand in five of the Chargers’ eight blocks, helping to limit the Purple Knights to a .144 hitting percentage (55-29-180).

Ying Shen (12 kills, 20 digs), Biljana Savic (14 kills, 11 digs) and Fernanda Silva (46 assists, 12 digs) all recorded double-doubles for Bridgeport. Taylor McBeth led all players with 33 digs.

New Haven started off strong with the first five points of the match – including three of Candelaria’s four service aces – en route to a wire-to-wire, 25-16 set-one win. The Purple Knights responded it set two, breaking a 20-20 deadlock by winning the final five points to take a 25-20 decision and knot the match at 1-1.

In the third set, the Chargers once again never trailed. New Haven fought off four early ties but, following a 9-9 stalemate, finished the frame on a 16-4 run to earn a 25-13 win and pull within one set of the East Region Championship.

Set four was much like the previous frame, though this time it was Bridgeport that claimed the advantage out of an early tie. The Purple Knights put together seven consecutive points in the middle of the frame and never looked back en route to a 25-20 win that pushed the match to a deciding fifth set.

For the second straight match, the Chargers found themselves trailing 5-1 in set five and cut the deficit to 8-6 at the turn. New Haven continued the rally to take a 12-11 lead before the Purple Knights won three consecutive points to earn the first match point. at 14-12. Kills by Ane and Lee fought off the first two championship-point chances and, after a Bridgeport point, an Atufunwa kill erased a third. The Chargers were on the ropes again, down 16-15, when Lee came through again with a kill to tie the score at 16-16. This time, New Haven took advance with back-to-back kills from Candelaria to send the Chargers to the NCAA Division II Elite Eight Championship.

New Haven will travel to Pensacola, Fla. for the championship event. The Chargers will meet No. 19 Indianapolis – the Great Lakes Valley Conference regular season champion and winner of the Midwest Region crown – on Thursday, Dec. 6 in a national quarterfinal. NewHavenChargers.com will provide extensive coverage throughout the week leading up to the Elite Eight.

 

Volleyball Holds On to Top Seed in NE-10 Tournament

by Amanda D'Alberto | November 28, 2012

The number one seed women’s volleyball team faced off against the number eight seed Stonehill College on Nov. 13. The Chargers held on to the top seed in the tournament when they edged Stonehill College three sets to two sets.

Set one went to Chargers with a score of 25-20, and set two also went to the Chargers with a score of 25-16. The Chargers fell in the third set with a close score of 29-31.

Stonehill came back and also won set four by a score of 22-25. The Chargers bounced back during set five to break the two-to-two tie with a score of 15-8.

Keidy Candelaria led with 18 kills, which was a match best. Kristen Lee had 13 kills and 19 digs, while Amber Cannady assisted in seven of the nine blocks for the Chargers and registered 14 kills.

Kristy Atufunwa slammed eleven finishers. Offensively for the Chargers, Kaulana Ane led the team with 50 assists, 14 digs, and seven kills. Teammates Ashley Dalton and Kea-Marie Olaso both had one kill apiece. Olaso also led the back row with 25 digs, and Bai Zhang assisted with 21 digs.

 

Chargers Claim 2012 Northeast-10 Volleyball Championship

by Charger Athletics | November 28, 2012

WEST HAVEN, Conn. – The University of New Haven women’s volleyball team won its third Northeast-10 Conference Championship, taking a 3-1 decision from Adelphi on Saturday at Charger Gymnasium. Keidy Candelaria (Vega Baja, Puerto Rico/Bayamon Military Academy) was named the Championship’s Most Outstanding Player for the victorious Chargers.

The victory was the 24th-straight win for New Haven, which improves upon the best record in Division II to 27-1. The Chargers were the top seed in the championship after completing their fifth-consecutive unbeaten NE-10 season at 15-0. Second-seeded Adelphi – 13-2 in the conference regular season – moves to 24-11 overall with the loss.

Candelaria, who was also named Northeast-10 Player of the Year for the second-consecutive season earlier this week, had 11 kills and 13 digs in tonight’s match and led all players with 4.15 kills per set in the eight-team Championship en route to Most Outstanding Player laurels. She was joined on the All-Championship squad by Amber Cannady (Yonkers, N.Y./Charles E. Gorton), who averaged 2.85 kills per set while hitting .265 in the postseason – the best hitting percentage by any student-athlete to have advanced to the Northeast-10 “Final Four”. Cannady had 11 kills and six blocks against Adelphi.

Northeast-10 Rookie of the Year Kristen Lee (Colorado Springs, Colo./Liberty) posted a double-double with 11 kills and 10 digs against the Panthers as she, Candelaria and Cannady shared the team-high. Kristy Atufunwa (Denver, Colo./Denver East) added eight kills, Hayley Wilson (Denver, Colo./Overland) notched three and Ashley Dalton (Helena, Mont./Capital / Northern Arizona) had one finisher.

Running the offense was NE-10 Setter of the Year Kaulana Ane (Paia, Hawaii/Kamehameha), who doled out 39 assists and completed the double-double with 14 digs. She added six kills of her own for a Chargers’ squad that hit .169 (51-24-160) in the match.

Defensively, Kea-Marie Olaso (Kailua, Hawai’i/Le Jardin Academy) led all players with 30 digs, rounded out her conference-best showing of 6.15 digs per set in the Championship. Bai Zhang (China/Shan Dong Zi Bo No. 10 / China Shan Dong Normal University) added 13 digs for New Haven. At the net, Cannady’s six blocks were a part of an 11-rejection performance by the Chargers. The New Haven defense held Adelphi to a .117 (48-28-171) hitting percentage.

The Panthers were led by First Team All-NE-10 and All-Championship honoree Chelsea Overholt, who had a double-double with a pair of team-highs: 14 kills and 22 digs. Katie Bryson distributed a match-high 43 assists for Adelphi.

The Chargers started the match on a 4-0 run before Adelphi fought back to knot the first set at 6-6. A five-point spurt followed – including a Candelaria ace – as New Haven reopened a lead at 11-6, but the Panthers soon tied the contest again at 18-18. The Chargers would not be overtaken, however, as New Haven finished off set one with a 5-0 run that featured back-to-back Cannady kills to take a 25-20 decision.

Once again, New Haven made the first run in the second set, a seven-point outburst that led to a 9-4 advantage. This time, the Panthers had no answer as the Chargers led nearly wire-to-wire en route to a 25-19 triumph.

With their backs against the wall, the Panthers erased the Chargers early 5-0 run in set three. Adelphi put together an eight-point stretch of its own in the middle of the frame, building a five-point cushion at 14-9. New Haven trimmed the lead to within three on several occasions but drew no closer as the Panthers kept the match alive, pulling away to a 25-18 win.

Set four was the lone set without an extended run, but the Chargers continued to rattle off two- and three-point stretches, while Adelphi was limited mostly to single points. Slowly, New Haven constructed a lead that grew as large as 10 points 24-14. The Panthers did not go quietly, fighting off four match points before a kill from Cannady clinched the 2012 Northeast-10 crown for the Chargers.

New Haven previously won the Northeast-10 Championship in 2008 and 2010 and has earned the regular-season title in all five of its seasons as a member of the NE-10 (2008-2012).

The Chargers, who entered the week as the No. 1 seed in the East region, will likely host the NCAA East Region Championship on Nov. 29-Dec. 1. Full details will be available on NewHavenChargers.com following the NCAA Selection Show tomorrow at 10 p.m.

 

UNH Athletes of the Week

by Charger Athletics | November 14, 2012

Bernard Risco and Kristen Lee have been named the NewHavenChargers.com Student-Athletes of the Week for the week ending Nov. 11, 2012. NewHavenChargers.com will select its Student-Athletes of the Week every Monday throughout the 2012-13 academic year.

Bernard Risco (Philadelphia, Pa./James Hillhouse) had two interceptions and five tackles in the inaugural Northeast-10 Football Championship Game, guiding New Haven to the conference crown with a 37-12 win over American International. Risco, who was selected to the All-Championship Team, had a pick with the Chargers trailing, 6-3, and then another interception in the end zone to stall an AIC drive at the two-yard line.

Kristen Lee (Colorado Springs, Colo./Liberty) hit a team-best .312 while posting 2.42 kills and 2.67 digs per set as the women’s volleyball team went 3-0 to complete its fifth-consecutive undefeated Northeast-10 Regular Season Championship. Lee added nine service aces, six assists and had a hand in two blocks in the victories over American International, Pace and Bentley.

Bernard Risco-Football

Kristen Lee-Women’s Volleyball

 

Volleyball Nabs Senior Night Victory

by Amanda D'Alberto | November 14, 2012

The women’s volleyball team wrapped up the regular season on Nov. 9 when they hosted Bentley for their senior night. They won by three sets to zero with the scores of 25-22, 25-23 and 25-15.

The Chargers’ final regular season record was 24-1 overall, and 15-0 in the Northeast-10.

Senior Keidy Candelaria led the team with 11 kills, and Kristen Lee had a .563 hitting percentage (10-1-16) and posted 10 finishers.

Kristy Atufunhad had four kills, and teammate Amber Cannady had six kills total.

Kaulana Ane totaled two kills and distributed 23 assists. Kea-Marie Olaso led the Chargers defense with the team-high ten digs. Senior Bai  Zhang and Kristen Kee had seven digs in the back row of the court, while Ashley Dalton had a helping hand in four of the seven-team  blocks.

With this victory, New Haven is ranked in the number one seed for the Northeast-10 Conference Championships and will start the postseason on Tuesday, Nov. 13, as they take on number eight seed Stonehill at 7 p.m. in the Charger gymnasium.

Chargers Fight Past Stonehill for 3-1 Victory

by Charger Athletics | November 7, 2012

EASTON, Mass. – The University of New Haven women’s volleyball team dropped set one on Saturday afternoon at Stonehill before rattling off three-straight wins to knock off the host Skyhawks, 3-1. A trio of Chargers recorded double-doubles en route to a win by set scores of 23-25, 26-24, 25-19 and 25-23.

With the win in their first match in eight days, the Chargers improve to 21-1 and extend their winning streak to 18 matches.

With the win in their first match in eight days, the Chargers improve to 21-1 and extend their winning streak to 18 matches. New Haven also remains perfect at 12-0 in Northeast-10 action. Stonehill falls to 12-14 with a 6-8 conference tally.

At the net, Amber Cannady (Yonkers, N.Y./Charles E. Gorton) was a force both offensively and defensively with 14 kills (14-4-29, .345) and 11 blocks, while Keidy Candelaria (Vega Baja, Puerto Rico/Bayamon Military Academy) led all players with 16 kills and added 12 digs. Kaulana Ane (Paia, Hawaii/Kamehameha) also registered a double-double with a match-best 46 assists and 13 digs in addition to four kills. Kristy Atufunwa (Denver, Colo./Denver East) contributed 10 kills, Kristen Lee (Colorado Springs, Colo./Liberty) posted eight finishers and Ashley Dalton (Helena, Mont./Capital / Northern Arizona) had one. As a unit, New Haven hit .215 (53-18-163) in the four-set contest.

In the back row, Kea-Marie Olaso (Kailua, Hawai’i/Le Jardin Academy) recorded a match-high 26 digs, and Lee contributed 19. Joining Cannady in the blocking effort were Ane and Lee, who each had a hand in five of the Chargers’ 14 rejections.

Kirsten Arvidson and Delia Phillips led the Stonehill offense with 11 kills apiece as the Skyhawks hit a collective .159 (60-30-189) in the match. Mary-Kate Catton, Meaghan Lee and Sydney Maxey each added 10 kills.

The Chargers led by as many as six points in the opening set, but Stonehill erased the early 11-5 deficit with a 16-6 stretch in which New Haven only once recorded back-to-back points. Now trailing 21-17, the Chargers would rally knot the score at 23-23, but a kill from Catton and New Haven attack error gave the first set to the hosts, 25-23.

New Haven responded with the first four points of set two and extended the margin to five at 15-10. However, the Skyhawks again had an answer with a 7-1 rally to gain their first advantage of the set at 17-16. The clubs then traded points up to a set-point chance for Stonehill at 24-23. A Candelaria kill pulled the frame back to even at 24-24, and consecutive attack errors by the Skyhawks secured a 26-24 New Haven victory to tie the match at 1-1.

The pivotal third set began with the squads trading points to a 6-6 stalemate. At that point, the Chargers rattled off a 7-1 stretch to open up a 13-7 advantage. The margin would hold this time, as the Blue and Gold went on to lead by as many as eight points in an eventual 25-19 triumph.

 

Chargers Complete Season Sweep of Dowling

by Charger Athletics | October 24, 2012

WEST HAVEN, Conn. – Amber Cannady (Yonkers, N.Y./Charles E. Gorton) hit .500 with a team-high 10 kills to lead University of New Haven women’s volleyball to a sweep of visiting Dowling on Friday evening at Charger Gymnasium. The Chargers, who also downed the Golden Lions in September on Long Island, have won 14 straight matches.

The Chargers have won 14 straight matches.

New Haven improves to 17-1 after the non-conference victory by set scores of 25-12, 25-18 and 25-23, while Dowling falls to 14-10.

Cannady’s 10 kills came on 16 swings (10-2-16) as the Chargers hit .237 (40-18-93) collectively. Keidy Candelaria (Vega Baja, Puerto Rico/Bayamon Military Academy) registered nine kills, Kristy Atufunwa (Denver, Colo./Denver East) had seven, Kristen Lee (Colorado Springs, Colo./Liberty) and Kaulana Ane (Paia, Hawaii/Kamehameha) each posted six and Ashley Dalton (Helena, Mont./Capital / Northern Arizona) rounded out the attack with a pair of finishers.

Ane, who is the two-time reigning Northeast-10 Setter of the Week, distributed a match-best 30 assists.

Defensively, Lee helmed the back row with nine digs followed by eight from Ane and Kea-Marie Olaso (Kailua, Hawai’i/Le Jardin Academy). Cannady led the effort at the net with a hand in four of New Haven’s six blocks.

Candelaria landed three of the Chargers’ five service aces with winners also dropping for Lee and Ane.

Dowling got a match-high 11 kills from Cassy Kelly. Mirjana Radovanovic and Kayla Dillman distributed 15 and 13 assists, respectively, and Kayla Morgan posted nine digs.

New Haven jumped out to an early lead in set one, winning the first five and seven of the opening eight rallies. Another 5-0 spurt followed as the Chargers opened up a 14-4 cushion. The clubs traded points for the remainder of the frame and a block by Atufunwa and Dalton sealed a 25-12 win.

Set two started as a back-and-forth contest, with neither team leading by more than one point up to a 10-10 deadlock. Dowling made the first run to take a 14-10 lead, but the Chargers responded with the next eight points to build an 18-14 margin. New Haven continues to apply pressure en route to a 25-18 victory and 2-0 edge in the match.

The teams traded points for most of the third set as 14 ties and six lead changes ran the margin to 23-23. An ace from Candelaria gave New Haven a set-point opportunity, and Atufunwa hammered home an overpass on the ensuing rally to complete a 25-23 win and clinch a 3-0 sweep.

Tonight’s contest marked the end of the Chargers’ three-match homestand. New Haven will play at Northeast-10 opponents Southern New Hampshire and Adelphi before returning to Charger Gym on Friday, Oct. 26 for a 4:30 p.m. meeting with Saint Michael’s.

 

Winning Streak Reaches 15 with Sweep at Southern New Hampshire

by Charger Athletics | October 24, 2012

MANCHESTER, N.H. – The University of New Haven women’s volleyball team ran its winning streak to 15 matches with a 3-0 win at Southern New Hampshire on Saturday evening by set scores of 25-16, 25-18 and 25-12. Keidy Candelaria (Vega Baja, Puerto Rico/Bayamon Military Academy) had a team-high 12 kills for the Chargers.

UNH women’s volleyball team ran its winning streak to 15 matches with a 3-0 win at Southern New Hampshire.

New Haven, which has not lost a match since Sept. 8, now stands at 18-1 on the season with a 9-0 Northeast-10 record. The Chargers have now put together a winning streak of 15 matches or more in consecutive seasons. The Penmen dip below .500 at 9-10 and 1-6 in conference play.

Candelaria hit .367 (12-1-30) for the match as the Chargers collectively swung at a .296 (38-9-98) clip. Kristy Atufunwa (Denver, Colo./Denver East) had nine kills and Hayley Wilson (Denver, Colo./Overland) hammered home six. Kristen Lee (Colorado Springs, Colo./Liberty) added five finishers, Ashley Dalton (Helena, Mont./Capital / Northern Arizona) had three and Bai Zhang (China/Shan Dong Zi Bo No. 10 / China Shan Dong Normal University) landed two.

In addition to one kill of her own, Kaulana Ane (Paia, Hawaii/Kamehameha) distributed a match-best 34 assists. Ane is the two-time reigning Northeast-10 Setter of the Week.

Defensively, libero Kea-Marie Olaso (Kailua, Hawai’i/Le Jardin Academy) picked up a team-high 17 kills, while Zhang tallied nine from the back row. The Chargers were strong at the net as well with 12 team blocks. Atufunwa had a hand in eight of the rejections, while Lee was a part of five stuffs. The New Haven defense held Southern New Hampshire to a .081 (34-24-124) hitting percentage.

The Penmen were led by a match-best 14 kills from Erica Solomon. Catherine Cotton distributed 31 assists for Southern New Hampshire, and Kendra Mikuta led all players with 26 digs.

New Haven will remain on the road to meet Adelphi on Tuesday, Oct. 23 before returning to Charger Gym on Friday, Oct. 26 for a 4:30 p.m. meeting with Saint Michael’s.

 

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