Wildcat volleyball splits in final day of Ocean National Tournament

~UNH's Weidner named to All-Tournament Team~

Katie Weidner

DURHAM, N.H.- The University of New Hampshire women's volleyball team was defeated by Arizona State, 3-1, in the final match of the Ocean National Bank Invitational on Saturday night at UNH's Lundholm Gymnasium. The game scores were 30-22, 22-30, 30-21 and 30-23.

UNH placed third in the tournament with a 1-2 record on the weekend while Arizona State earned second place with its 2-1 record. The University of Toledo captured the championship posting a 3-0 record while Florida International went 0-3 in the tourney to fall to 0-4 overall.

UNH captured a 3-1 win in its first match of the day against 2003 Ocean National Bank Invitational champion Florida International. The game scores were 30-28, 22-30, 30-27 and 30-25.

The Wildcats' attack was led by Sarah Rehn (Oceanside, Calif.) in only her third match as a Wildcat as she registered a match-high 16 kills, 16.5 points and also chipped in with 12 digs.

Junior outside hitter Erin Walker (Fulton, N.Y.) posted 12 kills and seven digs in the win, while senior libero Jen Williams (Mountain View, Calif.) totaled a match-high 21 digs. Sophomore setter Katie Weidner (Warrenville, Ill.) quarterbacked the Wildcats' offense with eight kills, 38 assists and 18 digs in a solid effort for the Wildcats. Weidner was UNH's lone selection to the Ocean National Bank All-Tournament Team.

In the nightcap, New Hampshire's offense was led by Rehn and senior co-captain Natasha Otte (Plymouth, N.H.) who amassed 13 kills apiece. Rehn also chipped in with 12 digs, while Williams posted another good showing on defense with a team-high 20 digs. Weidner tallied 39 assists, five kills and eight digs in the loss to the Sun Devils.

Williams notched 53 digs over the weekend in three matches and needs only 17 digs to become the sixth Wildcat in school history to post 1,000 career digs.

Toledo's Kelsey Culver was named the tournament's MVP. Her teammates Corrie Magnus and Rachel Mohler were named to the All-Tournament team. Florida International's freshman middle blocker Heather Huber was also an All-Tournament selection. Arizona State freshman Colette Meek and outside hitter Nicole Morton were named to the team from the Sun Devils.

UNH returns to action on Tuesday, September 7 at University of Connecticut. The Wildcats' next home game is Friday, October 8 vs. Maryland Baltimore-County. Match time is 7 p.m. at Lundholm Gym. The match will be broadcast live on the radio by the UNH Sports Network.

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