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– The University of New Hampshire women’s volleyball team captured the title at the UNH Tournament with a pair of day-two wins and a perfect 3-0 mark for the weekend. The Wildcats defeated Syracuse, 3-2 (30-27, 30-23, 25-30, 28-30, 23-21) and won the title match in straight games over Southern Methodist (30-26, 30-24, 30-26).

With the tournament win, head coach Jill Hirschinger captured her 200th win as head coach at UNH. She now has 609 wins for her storied career.

The tournament win is the second tournament the Wildcats have won this season. UNH, which  improves to 9-4 overall, opened the season by winning its first three games en route to the title at the Colgate Tournament.

In game one for New Hampshire, senior outside hitter Toni Barnas (Cary, Illinois) finished just two kills shy of the University record as she recorded a career-best 36 kills in a 3-2 win over SU. The win over the Orange was just the second win over Syracuse in program history and the first since 2003.

In addition to Barnas, senior Emmy Blouin (St. Albert, Alberta) registered 27 kills. The Wildcats hit at a .287 clip for the three games and recorded a season-best 94 kills compared to just 66 from its opponent.

Sophomore tri-captain Kate Uitti (Pinckney, Mich.) tallied a career-best 78 assists.

Sophomore libero Alyse Lahti (Pepper Pike, Ohio) posted a match-high 25 digs.

UNH had 43 kills in the first two games with a .359 team hitting percentage in Game 1 and a .286 hitting percentage in Game 2, followed by 18, 20 and 13 kills, respectively, over the final three games.

In the day’s second match the Wildcats won in three-straight games to upend the Mustangs, who were previously unbeaten in UNH tournament play.

Sophomore middle blocker Kirsten Bates (Calgary, Alberta) had a match-high 20 kills, while Blouin and Barnas added 15 and 10, respectively. Uitti set the table for the ‘Cats in the game with 45 assists, 12 digs and a .333 hitting percentage.

As a team, the Wildcats hit at a .307 clip that was headlined by a .351 mark in the final game.
UNH’s Lahti, Barnas, Uitti anchored a seven-member all-tournament team that also included Holy Cross’ Chelsey O’Donnell, Syracuse’s Mindy Stanislovaitis and SMU’s Rachel Giubilato and Kathryn Wilkerson.
The Wildcats will play a non-conference tilt at Harvard on Tuesday, Sept. 18th. Game time at Lavietes Pavilion is 7 p.m.

UNH Tournament Results:
Friday, Sept. 14 -    
   SMU 3, Syracuse 2
   UNH 3, Holy Cross 0
Saturday, Sept. 15 -   
   SMU 3, Holy Cross 0   
   UNH 3, Syracuse 2
   Syracuse 3, Holy Cross 0
   UNH 3, SMU 0
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