VOLLEYBALL CAPTURES COLGATE CLASSIC CHAMPIONSHIP
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    HAMILTON, N.Y. – Senior outside hitter Emmy Blouin (St. Albert, Alberta) registered a match-high 15 kills to help the University of New Hampshire volleyball team to a 3-0 win against Niagara University on Saturday afternoon at Cotterell Court capturing the Colgate Classic Championship. The game scores were 30-18, 30-12 and 30-21. 
    It marks UNH’s first 3-0 start since the program’s inaugural season in 1975. 
    “It’s a great way to start off the season, we played hard and we played at our level,” said New Hampshire head coach Jill Hirschinger.
    Sophomore middle blocker Kirsten Bates (Calgary, Alberta) also had a strong performance with 10 kills, a .300 hitting percentage and 12 digs. Blouin also added a .367 hitting percentage in the win over the Purple Eagles. Blouin amassed 40 kills in the three matches at Colgate, while Bates was right behind her with 38 kills on the weekend. Both Blouin and Bates were named to the Colgate Classic All-Tournament Team for their efforts over the weekend.
Sophomore middle blocker Lindsay Fogarty (Pleasanton, Calif.) registered seven kills and a match-high .875 hitting percentage, while senior outside hitter Jeanne Czipri (Aurora, Ill.) chipped in with six kills in the win for the ‘Cats.
    Sophomore tri-captain Kate Uitti (Pinckney, Mich.) started Game 1 at setter and totaled 13 assists and gave way to freshman Sara Heldman (Greenwood, Ind.) in Games 2 and 3 notching 31 assists and five digs in her collegiate debut at setter.
    Sophomore libero Alyse Lahti (Pepper Pike, Ohio) posted 18 more digs in the night cap to give her 49 kills in three matches over the weekend.
    Freshman middle hitter Justin Elliott (Mitchellville, Md.), freshman defensive specialist Jayde Huxtable (St. Charles, Ill.) and freshman outside hitter Laura Yegge (Redlands, Calif.) all made their first collegiate appearances for the ‘Cats. Elliott tallied four kills and a match-high four total blocks.
    UNH had 16 kills in the first two games with a .324 team hitting percentage in Game 1 and a .500 hitting percentage in Game 2, followed by 24 kills and a .386 clip in Game 3.
    In the early match the Wildcats took out Rhode Island, 3-0. The game scores were 30-19, 30-21 and 30-16.
    Blouin and Bates posted a match-high 15 kills to lead the ‘Cats offense. Bates also chipped in with a .382 hitting percentage and 12 digs, while Blouin owned a .345 hitting percentage and 11 digs. Uitti totaled 32 assists quarterbacking UNH’s offense against the Rams, while Lahti tallied a match-high 18 digs in the victory. Fogarty, Uitti and senior Jessica Compton (Woodridge, Ill.) all posted five kills in the winning cause.
    UNH had its most dominant effort in Game 2 with 20 kills and a .341 hitting percentage, while in Game 3 they recorded 17 kills and a .389 hitting percentage.
The Wildcats will play an exhibition match at home on Tuesday, August 28th vs. Bentley College. Game time at Lundholm Gymnasium is 7 p.m. The match will be video streamed live for free on UNHwildcats.TV.
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