ROCHESTER, N.Y. – The University of New Hampshire volleyball team completed its spring season by participating in the Rochester Hot Shots Collegiate Beach Challenge on April 26.

The invitational, which served as the first-ever indoor beach competition for college teams, saw a total of 21 pairings compete in the double-sand event. The Wildcats were joined by CAA foe Delaware, America East foes Binghamton, Albany and a team from the University of Montreal.

During the event, there were three pools of five teams and one pool of six for the first round of play. Below is a breakdown of the Wildcat pairs:

Lauren Laquerre (Concord, N.H.)/Lucia Bridova (Bratislava, Slovakia)
Kate Uitti (Pinckney, Mich.)/Alyse Lahti (Pepper Pike, Ohio)
Kirsten Bates (Calgary, Alberta)/Sara Heldman (Greenwood, Ind.)
Lindsay Fogarty (Pleasanton, Calif.)/Laura Yegge (Redlands, Calif.)
Justine Elliott (Mitchellville, Md.)/Jayde Huxtable (St. Charles, Ill.)

UNH had three teams advance in the gold medal bracket, while two moved on to the silver round following pool play. Laquerre/Bridova, Uitti/Lahti and Bates/Heldman advanced to the gold, while Fogarty/Yegge and Elliott/Huxtable went onto the silver bracket. Laquerre/Bridova finished tied for fifth in the gold, while Yegge/Fogarty lost in the semifinals of the silver bracket and finished third overall.
The event was part of an effort by the American Volleyball Coaches Association and the NCAA to promote beach volleyball. Six sand competitions were held during the spring this year for NCAA programs. Beach volleyball is currently one of nearly 10 non-traditional sports that promote competition between colleges. It also could join the NCAA's official list of emerging sports that can eventually earn full-fledged championship status.

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