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Sophomore Kirsten Bates (Calgary, Alberta) posted a double-double with 20 kills and 17 digs to lift the University of New Hampshire women’s volleyball to Sunday afternoon’s 3-1 win over Albany. The game scores for the regular-season finale were 30-26, 30-25, 17-30 and 30-24.

With the win, the Wildcats finished the regular season in a second-place tie and secured the second seed in the upcoming America East Championship. UNH will once again match up with Albany on Saturday, Nov. 17 at 4 p.m. at top-seeded Stony Brook.

The Wildcats improve to 19-8 overall, 8-4 in America East play. Albany falls to 19-8 overall, 8-4 in AE. 
In addition to Bates, seniors Emmy Blouin (St. Albert, Alberta) and Jessica Compton (Woodridge, Ill.) recorded double-figure kills with 15 and 11, respectively. Freshman setter Sara Heldman (Greenwood, Indiana) recorded a career-high 46 assists. Defensively, Alyse Lahti (Pepper Pike, Ohio) had a team-high 23 digs.

In Game 1 UNH had 16 kills and took advantage of seven Albany errors en route to the win. In Game 2, the Wildcats captured the five-point win by hitting at a match-best .378 percentage with 19 kills. Game 3 was controlled by the Great Danes, as they set the tone early and went on to capture the win. In the fourth and final game, the Wildcats had 18 kills and hit at a .261 clip en route to the win.

Overall, UNH out hit the Great Danes .218 to .186 and held a 62 to 59 advantage in kills.

The second-seeded Wildcats return to the postseason for the first time since the 2003 season. Currently, UNH owns a four-game winning streak at the America East Championship that includes back-to-back titles in 2002 and 2003. The ‘Cats will rematch Albany on Saturday, Nov. 17 at 4 p.m. The other semifinal match pits top-seeded Stony Brook against No. 4 Binghamton. For more information on the 2007 America East Volleyball Championship, log onto www.AmericaEast.com
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