Walker named MVP at Wildcat volleyball banquet

~Rehn and Barnas named captains for 2006 season~

Erin Walker

DURHAM, N.H. - Senior middle blocker Erin Walker (Fulton, N.Y.) of the University of New Hampshire women's volleyball team was named the team's Most Valuable Player at the annual team awards banquet on Saturday night at the New England Center Hotel and Conference Center.

Walker ranked first on the team in kills this season with 376, service aces (39) and total blocks (84). In her last collegiate match as a Wildcat, she posted a career-high 25 kills Nov. 11, 2005 vs. Stony Brook at Lundholm Gymnasium. She posted 4.58 points per game in her senior season, which ranked second among conference players. Walker's 3.72 kills per game was sixth best among America East hitters. Walker leaves UNH ranking third on the all-time school kill list with 1,280. She was an America East All-Conference selection in three of her four seasons in Durham. Walker also became the fourth Wildcat to post 1,000 career kills Sept. 10 vs. Seton Hall at the UConn Tournament.

Junior outside hitter Sarah Rehn (Oceanside, Calif.) and sophomore outside hitter Toni Barnas (Cary, Ill.) were named co-captains for the 2006 campaign. Rehn posted 86 kills, 322 assists and 185 digs in her junior year as UNH's most versatile player, playing both setter and outside hitter for the Wildcats, while Barnas missed the entire 2005 season due to injury. Freshman outside hitter Meaghan Estes (East Greenwich, R.I.) earned the Ed Jentes Coaches Award, while senior outside hitter Katie Steffens (Monroe, Conn.) earned the Judy Ray Academic Excellence Award for the second consecutive season, given annually to the Wildcat player with the highest GPA.

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