DURHAM, N.H. – Junior outside hitter Emmy Blouin (St. Albert, Alberta) and freshman outside hitter Kirsten Bates (Calgary, Alberta) were named Player of the Week and Rookie of the Week by the America East conference on Monday afternoon.
   Both players had outstanding performances over the weekend as the Wildcats went 2-0 on the week. UNH posted victories over  Maryland-Balitmore County, 3-1 on Friday night and a 3-2 win against 2005 conference regular-season champion Albany on Sunday at Lundholm Gym.
Freshman Outside Hitter
Kirsten Bates

    Blouin notched a team-high 43 kills on the week and averaged 4.78 kills per game in two wins last week. Blouin also added a .343 hitting percentage to go along with 26 digs and four blocks on the week. She finished the UMBC match with 16 kills on Friday against the Retrievers and posted a career-high 27 kills, a .404 hitting percentage and 13 digs vs. Albany in the 3-2 win Sunday.
    She leads the Wildcat roster with 296 kills and 4.00 kills per game and her .225 hitting percentage ranks second on the team. She also ranks third on the team in digs (165) and total blocks (7-43-50). Blouin ranks fifth in the conference among hitters in kills per game at 4.15.
    Bates amassed 33 kills this week, 3.67 kills per game, 14 digs and a .279 hitting percentage as UNH’s newest starting outside hitter. She recorded a career-high 17 kills at UMBC on Friday and then followed that up with a 16-kill effort on Sunday in the win against Albany. Bates also added nine digs and hit at a .333 clip in the victory over the Great Danes.
    Bates ranks fourth on UNH’s kill leaderboard with 85 digs. She has registered 55% of her kills on the season in the last three matches with 47 kills during that time.
    The Wildcat volleyball team (7-13 overall, 2-3 America East) returns to action at home for two consecutive matches on Friday, Oct. 20 against Hartford. Match time at Lundholm Gym is 7 p.m. UNH then plays again at Lundholm Gym on Sunday, Oct. 22 at 1 p.m. vs. Stony Brook.
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