DURHAM, N.H. - University of New Hampshire volleyball coach Jill Hirschinger announced Monday that the program has signed Katie Weidner (Warrenville, Ill.) to a national letter of intent. Weidner will begin play for the Wildcats as a freshman in the fall of 2003.

"Katie brings a wealth of volleyball experience to our program," said Hirschinger. "What impresses me about Katie is her winning attitude and commitment to excel. Katie has all the tools to be an impact player in our program and in America East."

Weidner, a 5-9 setter, is currently serving as captain of the volleyball team at Wheaton Warrenville South High School. The squad currently owns a 32-9 record and has advanced to the semifinals of the Illinois state tournament for the first time in school history. She was a Dupage County Conference all-conference and academic all-conference selection. Weidner has also been a six-year member of the Sports Performance Junior Olympic team, one of the top junior teams in the country.

"We are very excited to have Katie become a member of the UNH volleyball family. Her character, work habits and academic attributes will become a strong addition to our program," said Hirschinger.

The Wildcats currently own a 21-10 overall record and a 11-1 record in America East play. UNH heads into the weekend with an 11 match win streak as the team hosts the America East volleyball tournament as the No. 1 seed. The Wildcat volleyball team returns to action against No. 4 seed University at Albany on Saturday, Nov. 23 in the first semifinal of the America East tournament. Game time is 1 p.m. at Lundholm Gymnasium.

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