BOSTON – Emmy Blouin (St. Albert, Alberta) recorded her 1,000th career kill as part of a match-high 14-kill effort that propelled the University of New Hampshire volleyball team to Saturday afternoon’s 3-0 victory (30-19, 30-23, 30-14) against College of the Holy Cross in the BC/NU Challenge at Northeastern University’s Solomon Court. Later in the day, UNH concluded the tourney with a 3-1 loss (21-30, 30-27, 27-30, 27-30) to NU.
UNH, which went 2-2 in the tourney, is now 5-2 overall.
Blouin, who became the fifth member of UNH’s 1,000-kill club, entered the day with 995 career kills and attained the milestone with her fifth kill vs. Holy Cross, which gave the Wildcats a 24-16 lead in Game 1; she recorded kills on the next two points to give the ‘Cats a 26-16 edge. Blouin tallied 16 kills in the tourney’s final match against Northeastern to increase her career kill total to 1,025.
Toni Barnas (Cary, Ill.) recorded nine kills and a .529 hitting percentage vs. the Crusaders. Lindsay Fogarty (Pleasanton, Calif.) added eight kills on a .800 hitting percentage. Kate Uitti (Pinckney, Mich.) set up the attack with 30 assists and Sara Heldman (Greenwood, Ind.) had 12 assists as well as two service aces and 10 digs. Defensive specialist Alyse Lahti (Pepper Pike, Ohio) finished with a match-high 16 digs.
UNH hit at a .406 clip for the match and that included .567 in Game 3. In comparison, HC hit at .000 overall and had a single-game high of .024 in Game 1.
Blouin once again led the ‘Cats in the nightcap vs. Northeastern with 16 kills, 18 digs and two service aces. Kirsten Bates (Calgary, Alberta) contributed across the board with seven kills, 21 digs, four blocks and two service aces. Lahti’s 23 digs were a match-high and Uitti had 32 assists.
UNH recorded a .068 hitting percentage against the homestanding Huskies and had a single-game high of .170 in Game 2. NU hit at .170 overall.
New Hampshire returns to action Sept. 7-8 at the University of Maryland Tournament; the Wildcats open that tourney Friday (5 p.m.) against Temple University. UNH’s first home match is the team’s opener of the UNH Tournament against College of the Holy Cross on Sept. 14. Start time at Lundholm Gymnasium is 7 p.m.
Tickets for that and all other home volleyball matches are available online at www.unhwildcats.com or by calling 1-866-WILDCAT. UNH’s home matches will be video streamed live online at unhwildcats.tv.