Women’s Volleyball Wins East Region, Moves on to Elite Eight
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The women’s volleyball team staved off four match points to defeat Bridgeport in a thrilling five-set match on Saturday night to win the East Region Championship in the NCAA tournament. With the win, the Chargers move on to the Elite Eight for the 12th time in program history and its first appearance since 2008.

“Each one is so different from the last one, and each one is special,” UNH coach Robin Salters told the New Haven Register. “The difference with this team is that they’re so young and they bonded like a family. They played for each other and they played for me, and that’s what made a difference in the end.

Women's volleyball has advanced to the Elite Eight in the NCAA tournament for the first time since 2008.

“Hopefully, we have something left, but this was only part of our goal. We’re not through yet."

With the three wins over the weekend, the Chargers improved their record to 30-1, the best mark in Division II. The team has won 27 consecutive matches.

The Chargers were led by Keidy Candelaria ’13, the East Region Player of the Year, who recorded kills on the final two plays to decide the match. She is the only senior on the team.

“I’m so happy for Keidy,” Salters told the Register. “She came through when she needed to."

Cheering on the Chargers from across the pond was women's soccer coach Laura Duncan who was visiting family in England.

The team’s next match on Thursday, Dec. 6, at 6 p.m. in Pensacola, Fla., against the University of Indianapolis, will be broadcast on www.NewHavenChargers.com.


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