– Emmy Blouin (St. Albert, Alberta) recorded a match-high 13 kills and Kate Uitti (Pinckney, Mich.), the reigning America East Setter of the Week, tallied 32 assists to propel the University of New Hampshire volleyball team to Friday night’s 3-0 victory against Temple University at the University of Maryland’s Comcast Pavillion. The game scores were 30-19, 30-19, 30-27.

UNH improved to 6-2 – the Wildcats’ best start since the 1997 team also went 6-2 through eight matches – while Temple fell to 3-5.

“This was a big win for us in straight games,” UNH head coach Jill Hirschinger said. “Temple is a very strong team. We really played hard and aggressive to beat them in three (games).”

Blouin compiled totals of 13 kills on a .345 hitting percentage, as well as 10 digs. Toni Barnas (Cary, Ill.) followed with nine kills and a .320 hitting percentage. Uitti set it all up with 32 assists and also contributed two service aces as well as three kills on a .500 hitting percentage. Lindsay Fogarty (Pleasanton, Calif.) was once again impressive at the net with a team-high three blocks.

With the score tied 12-12 in Game 1, the Wildcats reeled off five consecutive points and then extended their advantage to 22-14. The Owls never got closer than seven points the rest of the game and Barnas closed out the opener with three service aces. Barnas ended the first game with four service aces and three kills.

In Game 2, UNH fell behind 7-2 but rallied to tie the score at 10. Then with the teams tied 12-12, the Wildcats utilized a 7-1 spurt to take a commanding 19-13 lead and they maintained a lead of no less than five points the rest of the game. Blouin and Barnas led the ‘Cat attack in the second game with six and five kills, respectively, as the team increased its hitting percentage from .367 in Game 1 to .395 in Game 2.

Game 3 was tied, 16-16, until Temple slowly edged out to a 25-21 lead. New Hampshire called time out at that point and rallied to take a 28-26 lead on a Blouin kill and a service ace by Kirsten Bates (Calgary, Alberta), who tallied eight kills and nine digs overall.

The Owls won the next point, but then the ‘Cats finished off the match on kills by Blouin and Jessica Compton (Woodridge, Ill.). Alyse Lahti (Pepper Pike, Ohio) fortified the defensive effort with 11 of the team’s 25 digs in Game 3 and she ended the night with a match-high 22 digs.

UNH completed the match with a .325 hitting percentage while Temple hit at .076.

New Hampshire returns to action Sept. 8 with matches against the University of Maryland (11 a.m.) and James Madison University (5:30 p.m.). UNH’s home opener will be its first match of the UNH Tournament on Sept. 14, when the Wildcats play College of the Holy Cross at 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.
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