DURHAM, N.H. - The University of New Hampshire women's volleyball team held its annual awards banquet on Saturday, April 27th at the Tin Palace Restaurant.

Sophomore outside hitter Alyson Coler (Monte Sereno, Calif.) took home MVP honors, while junior outside hitter Lauren Knight (Centerville, Mass.) and junior outside hitter Sasha Scott (North Branford, Conn.) were named co-captains of the 2002 team for the second straight season. Coler posted UNH's second highest single-season kill total with 429 last season and she was named to the America East All-Conference Team.

Sophomore middle hitter Lyndsey Stults (Fort Wayne, Ind.) received the Coaches Award for her outstanding contributions to the team off the court. She also earned the Judy Ray Academic Excellence Award for her hard work in the classroom.

Wayne Van Sluys earned the "Karl VanAssselt Assist Award" that is presented to someone who has "assisted" the volleyball program through their support and contributions. Van Sluys is a principal consultant for KeyPulse.com and has been very supportive in the growth and development of the UNH volleyball program.

The following players received America East All-Academic certificates for earning a 3.0 or higher grade point average for the fall semester: Chelsea Hammer, Brin Hanna, Lauren Knight, Kerin Mackanin, Natasha Otte, Katie Steffens, Lyndsey Stults, Erin Walker and Bonnie Wilson.

The University of New Hampshire volleyball team opens its season on Friday, August 30 at the Utah Tournament. The Wildcats will play host Utah on opening night at 7 p.m.

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