VOLLEYBALL'S KIRSTEN BATES FINISHES SECOND IN U-21 CANADIAN NATIONAL BEACH VOLLEYBALL CHAMPIONSHIPS
TORONTO -- Junior middle blocker Kirsten Bates (Calgary, Alberta) of the University of New Hampshire volleyball team finished second at the Volleyball Canada U-21 National Championships last week in Toronto, Ontario. Bates and her partner Katelyn Archer, from Grant MacEwan College in Edmonton, Alberta, will serve as alternates for Canada at the 2008 World Championship in England.

Bates and Archer went 2-1 and finished second in pool play, defeated Eve Trepanier and Sarah Letourneau-Levesque of Quebec in three games in the quarterfinals and advanced to the title match by edging Raynell Lavartu and Kathryn Moncks of Alberta. The pair lost in the finals to Kaila Jansen and Victoria Cowley by just two points in the final game (21-16, 17-21, 14-16).

Bates will continue to play and participate in tournaments throughout Canada before returning to UNH in the fall. The junior middle blocker was an America East First Team All-Conference selection in 2007 and is a two-time member of the America East All-Academic team.

Bates and the rest of the UNH volleyball team open open their 2008 campaign on Friday, August 29th at the James Madison Tournament with the host Dukes at 7 p.m. UNH will also play Virginia and Murray State on the second day of competition at JMU.
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