Junior middle blocker
Jessica Compton

     FAIRFIELD, Conn. – Senior outside hitter Sarah Rehn (Oceanside, Calif.) led the University of New Hampshire women’s volleyball team with nine kills in a 3-0 loss in the 2006 season opener to St. John’s University on Friday night at Alumni Hall in the opening day of the Fairfield Tournament. The game scores were 30-28, 30-19, 30-13.
    Rehn’s nine kills were a team-high and she also posted a .240 hitting percentage. Junior middle blocker Jessica Compton (Woodridge, Ill.) registered seven kills and hit at a team-high .267 clip, while also adding a team-high 2.5 blocks. Freshman setter Kate Uitti (Pinckney, Mich.) totaled a team-high 13 digs and 28 assists running the Wildcat offense in her first collegiate match. Junior outside Emmy Blouin (St. Albert, Alberta) also chipped in with seven kills in the losing cause.
    “We came out really strong against a team picked fourth in the Big East. There were a lot of positive signs and we definitely realize areas that we need to work on. We also had some impressive contributions from our freshman class and the coaching staff was pleased with their performance on the court,” said UNH head coach Jill Hirschinger.
    In addition to Uitti, middle blocker Kirsten Bates (Calgary, Alberta), Alyse Lahti (Pepper Pike, Ohio) and Kelly Harte (East Rochester, N.H.) played in their first matches as Wildcats. Lahti tallied seven digs on the night.
    The ‘Cats conclude play at the Fairfield Tournament on Saturday, Aug. 26 with a 11 a.m. match against host Fairfield and conclude the tournament with a 5 p.m. match vs. Bucknell University. The Wildcats play their first regular-season match at home on Friday, Sept. 8th vs. Brown (7 p.m.) at Lundholm Gym in the opening match of their tournament. The ‘Cats will also host UMass-Lowell in an exhibition match on Tuesday, Sept. 5 at Lundholm Gym (7 p.m.).

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