DURHAM, N.H. – Head Coach Jill Hirschinger of the University of New Hampshire women’s volleyball team announced on Thursday that sophomore outside hitter Toni Barnas (Cary, Ill.), junior middle blocker Jessica Compton (Woodridge, Ill.) and freshman setter Kate Uitti (Pinckney, Mich.) have been named tri-captains for the 2007 season.
    Barnas, who served as co-captain last season, once again battled injuries in 2006, despite playing in 14 matches and 42 games posting 81 kills, which was the sixth best total on the ‘Cats roster. Barnas also added 68 digs in her sophomore season.
    Compton has been a two-year starter for the ‘Cats and she played in 26 of 27 matches in 2006. She amassed 190 kills which ranked third on UNH’s roster and her 1.86 kills per game ranked fourth on the team. Compton led the team in blocks with 86 (13s, 73a) and she ranked seventh among conference players with 0.84 blocks per game. Compton also ranked second on the UNH roster with a .262 hitting percentage.
    Uitti, who earned America East Second-Team All-Conference honors, finished the season with a team-leading 852 assists in her freshman campaign, which ranks seventh on UNH’s all-time single-season assist leaderboard. Uitti also had the fourth best helper total among America East setters with 10.27 assists per game. She was also one of four Wildcats named to the America East All-Rookie Team. Uitti becomes only the fifth sophomore captain in the history of the Wildcat volleyball program.
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