ANN ARBOR, Mich. – Junior outside hitter Emmy Blouin (St. Albert, Alberta) and senior captain Sarah Rehn (Oceanside, Calif.) led the University of New Hampshire volleyball team to an impressive 3-0 victory over Rice University on Friday, Sept. 15 in the opening match of the Michigan/Nike Challenge at Cliff Keen Arena. The game scores were 30-25, 30-22 and 30-25.
Blouin posted a match-high 13 kills, a .275 hitting percentage, seven digs and five blocks, while Rehn registered 12 kills, hit at a .240 clip and chipped in with 11 digs leading the Wildcat offense in the victory.
“All along I knew we had a good team, we needed a win like this to get some confidence. More importantly than the win is how well we played and all the hard work is starting to pay of for us,” said UNH head coach Jill Hirschinger.
Junior middle blocker Jess Compton (Woodridge, Ill.) and freshman Linsday Fogarty (Pleasanton, Calif.) each totaled six kills apiece.
Sophomore setter Lucia Bridova (Bratislava, Slovakia) managed 33 assists and 10 digs running the ‘Cats offense, while freshman libero Alyse Lahti (Pepper Pike, Ohio) finished the match with a team-high 13 digs.
UNH with the win improves to 2-8 on the season, while Rice drops to 6-5 on the year. The Owls were coming off a 3-2 win over No. 21 ranked Arizona on Saturday, Sept. 9. In the late match of the night, Michigan defeated IPFW, 3-0. The game scores were 30-22, 30-26 and 30-22.
UNH recorded 16 kills in Game No. 3 with a .324 hitting percentage, while tallying 13 kills in Games 1 and 2, while hitting at a .235 clip in Game No. 2.
The Wildcat volleyball team returns to action on Saturday Sept. 16 in the final day of the Michigan/Nike Challenge with a 11:30 a.m. match vs. the host Wolverines and a 5 p.m. match against IPFW to close out the tournament.