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     DURHAM, N.H. - University of New Hampshire Athletic Director Marty Scarano has announced the release of the State of Athletics, which highlights the 2008-09 Wildcat season. Within this report you will find team-by-team accomplishments, both in the field of competition and in the classroom that will illustrate another highly successful year in Wildcat athletics.




DURHAM, N.H. – The University of New Hampshire volleyball program and Relyco Sales, Inc. are proud to present the debut of the 2009 season promotional poster. The posters will be available to fans at all Wildcat home volleyball games played in Lundholm Gymnasium. Stay after the game to meet the team for an autograph session in the lobby.

2009 Schedule
DURHAM, N.H. – Jill Hirschinger,
head coach of the University of New Hampshire volleyball team, has announced the schedule for the upcoming 2009 season.

The Wildcats open their 2009 campaign on Friday, Aug. 28 at the Syracuse Tournament. UNH will play the host Orange as well as Siena and Sacramento State during the opening weekend of competition in Syracuse.




DURHAM, N.H. – The University of New Hampshire women’s volleyball team played host to another successful “Volley 4 Holly” event on Tuesday, May 12. The fifth-annual “Volley 4 Holly” tournament raised over $1,800 for the Holly Young Fund, while a tournament-record 30 teams competed including representatives from all 20-varsity programs in the athletic department.
 
The event was created to raise money for Wildcat volleyball player Holly Young, who passed away on Jan. 24, 2008 after a courageous three-year battle with Ewing's Sarcoma, a rare form of bone cancer. The funds raised at the event will go to a scholarship setup in Young’s name at Dennis-Yarmouth Regional High School, the Jimmy Fund and cancer research.




DURHAM, N.H. – The University of New Hampshire women’s volleyball team has announced that the team will hold the fifth-annual “Volley 4 Holly” tournament on Tuesday, May 12 in Lundholm Gymnasium from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.




DURHAM, N.H. -- University of New Hampshire volleyball team completed its spring schedule as it went 6-2 in round-robin play at the UNH Spring Tournament held at Lundholm Gymnasium on Saturday, April 25.




DURHAM, N.H. – Junior outside hitter Kirsten Bates (Calgary, Alberta) of the University of New Hampshire volleyball team was named the Holly Young Most Valuable Player at the 2008 team awards banquet at Whittemore Center on the UNH campus on Saturday night.




DURHAM, N.H. — The University of New Hampshire women's volleyball team has a full slate of activities planned for Saturday, April 25. The day will include a spring tournament and annual end-of-year banquet.




CAMBRIDGE, Mass. — University of New Hampshire volleyball team competed in a round-robin tournament at Harvard University. The Wildcats went 6-2 on the day in round-robin match play.




DURHAM, N.H. – Head Coach Jill Hirschinger of the University of New Hampshire volleyball team has announced the class of 2009. Jansan Falcusan (Plymouth, Mich.) and Jessie Schnepp (East Longmeadow, Mass.) have both committed to UNH and will join the Wildcats in the fall.




CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. — University of New Hampshire volleyball team competed in a round-robin tournament at Boston College. The Wildcats played matches against the host Eagles as well as Northeastern and UConn.
   Freshman Amy Keding (Northbrook, Ill.) led the way with 19 kills, while America East All-Rookie team selection Pauline Acres (Manhattan Beach, Calif.) contributed 18 kills with a .243 hitting percentage. Senior Lindsay Fogarty (Pleasanton, Calif.) added 15 kills, six blocks and three service aces. Kate Uitti (Pinckney, Mich.) paced the offensive attack guiding a team hitting percentage of .180. Kelly Harte (East Rochester, N.H.) led the defensive end with 18 digs.




DURHAM, N.H. – Jill Hirschinger, head coach of the University of New Hampshire volleyball team, has announced the upcoming spring schedule. In their non-traditional season, the Wildcats will compete in two tournaments on the road at Boston College and Harvard and will play host to some of New England’s elite programs for in their annual spring tournament on April 25 at Lundholm Gymnasium.




CAMBRIDGE, Mass.— The University of New Hampshire athletic department had 82 student athletes named to the America East Conference’s Academic Honor Roll last week.Students had to earn grade point averages of 3.0 or higher to receive this recognition. Of those student-athletes, 274 earned Commissioner’s Honor Roll status for completing the fall semester with grade point averages of 3.5 or higher. UNH was tied for second in the conference for number of athletes receiving recognition. The Wildcats were ranked fifth in percentage of student-athletes honored.




CAMBRIDGE, MASS. – Junior Kirsten Bates (Calgary, Alberta) of the University of New Hampshire volleyball team was named to the 2008 America East Volleyball All-Academic Team as announced by the league office Thursday, December 11. Bates excelled both on the court and in the classroom as she posted a 3.62 GPA in communications and was a second-team America East All-Conference selection.




ALBANY, N.Y. – Juniors Kirsten Bates (Calgary, Alberta) and Lindsay Fogarty (Pleasanton, Calif.), both middle blockers on the University of New Hampshire volleyball team, highlight a group of four Wildcats receiving honors as both were named to the America East Second Team All-Conference at the volleyball championship banquet Thursday night.

Bates and Fogarty are joined by middle blocker Pauline Acres (Manhattan Beach, Calif.) and outside hitter Lauren Laquerre (Concord, N.H.), who were also honored by the conference as members of the America East All-Rookie Team.




DURHAM, N.H. -- The University of New Hampshire volleyball team raised over $700 for the Holly Young Fund with the help of Curt Schilling. During the second half of the season, the Wildcats were raffling off an autographed Curt Schilling jersey. On Nov. 15 against Binghamton, the team completed its raffle and Reid Liset (pictured) was presented with the jersey. Holly Young passed away on Jan. 24 of this year after a courageous three-year battle with Ewing's Sarcoma, a rare form of bone cancer. Young, who played volleyball at UNH, developed a special bond with Schilling through his work with the Jimmy Fund. Anyone interested in making other contributions to the Holly Young Fund, please contact Associate Head Coach Stacy Barnett at 603-862-4664.




Box Score
DURHAM, N.H.Kirsten Bates (Calgary, Alberta) recorded a team-high 13 kills and six digs, but the University of New Hampshire volleyball team lost 3-1 to Binghamton University in Saturday evening’s Senior Day match at Lundholm Gymnasium. The set scores were 25-12, 21-25, 25-15, 25-22.
     UNH ends the season at 7-21 overall and 4-8 in America East. Lindsay Fogarty (Pleasanton, Calif.) tallied nine kills and a team-high .238 hitting percentage for the Wildcats. Kate Uitti (Pinckney, Mich.) finished with 34 assists and 10 digs. Lucia Bridova (Bratislava, Slovakia), the lone senior on the UNH roster, had a match-high 14 digs – as well as one kill – as the libero.




DURHAM, N.H. -- Curt Schilling, from the Boston Red Sox, and the University of New Hampshire volleyball team are teaming up to raise money for the Holly Young Fund. Schilling has donated an autographed jersey that will be raffled off. Tickets are just $10 and can be purchased at any UNH volleyball home game – the last home match is this Saturday, the 15th – and online at http://www.events.unh.edu/register.shtml?event_id=5023.




Box Score
WEST HARTFORD, Conn. –
Junior Kirsten Bates (Calgary, Alberta) had a team-high 11 kills and added eight digs and two blocks as the University of New Hampshire volleyball team captured a 3-1 win over America East foe Hartford, on Saturday afternoon. The match scores were 25-18, 16-25, 25-18 and 25-11. UNH improves to 7-20, 4-7 in America East, while the Hawks are now 6-23, 0-10 AE.

In addition to Bates, Pauline Acres (Manhattan Beach, Calif.) and Lindsay Fogarty (Pleasanton, Calif.) each recorded nine kills and a block, while Justine Elliott (Mitchellville, Md.) had a team-high five blocks for the Wildcats. Defensively, senior Lucia Bridova (Bratislava, Slovakia) led the team with 11 digs. Setter Kate Uitti (Pinckney, Mich.) dished out 24 assists and had six digs.




Box Score
STONY BROOK, N.Y.Lindsay Fogarty (Pleasanton, Calif.) recorded 10 kills and two blocks, but the University of New Hampshire women’s volleyball team was defeated 3-1 by Stony Brook University in Friday night’s America East action at the SBU Complex. The set scores were 18-25, 25-21, 25-22, 25-18.
      UNH, which defeated the Seawolves in straight sets earlier this season in Durham, is now 6-20 overall and 3-7 in America East. Stony Brook on the strength of a .343 hitting percentage and 12 blocks in the match, improved to 12-15, 3-6.
      Kirsten Bates (Calgary, Alberta) and Pauline Acres (Manhattan Beach, Calif.) both finished with eight kills and Lauren Laquerre (Concord, N.H.) tallied seven. Kate Uitti (Pinckney, Mich.; 18 assists; nine digs) and Sara Heldman (Greenwood, Ind.; 20 assists) split the duties as setter. Alyse Lahti (Pepper Pike, Ohio) was credited with a team-high 11 digs.




Box Score
DURHAM, N.H.  –
Junior Kirsten Bates (Calgary, Alberta) had a season-high 21 kills and added 10 digs, but the University of New Hampshire volleyball team lost to America East foe UMBC, 3-1, on Sunday afternoon at Lundholm Gymnasium. The match scores were 26-24, 28-26, 23-25 and 25-20. UNH falls to 6-19, 3-6 in America East, while the Retrievers are now 16-10, 5-3 AE.




BOX SCORE
DURHAM, N.H. – Hillary White recorded a match-high 12 kills and a .231 hitting percentage to pace the University at Albany women’s volleyball team to Friday night’s 3-0 victory against the University of New Hampshire in America East action at Lundholm Gymnasium. The set scores were 25-18, 25-14, 25-21.
      UNH, which had not lost in three league home matches this season, is now 6-18 overall and 3-5 in America East. The Wildcats were led offensively by Lindsay Fogarty (Pleasanton, Calif.) and Pauline Acres (Manhattan Beach, Calif.) with seven and six kills, respectively. Kate Uitti (Pinckney, Mich.) tallied 19 assists and Alyse Lahti (Pepper Pike, Ohio) recorded a match-high 15 digs.




BOX SCORE
DURHAM, N.H.
– Lauren Laquerre (
Concord, N.H.) and Pauline Acres (Manhattan Beach, Calif.) both recorded career highs in kills with 20 and 18, respectively, to lead the University of New Hampshire women’s volleyball team to Sunday afternoon’s 3-2 victory against the University of Maine in America East action at Lundholm Gymnasium. The set scores were 25-21, 19-25, 19-25, 25-22 and 15-12.
     Acres, who hadn’t posted double digits in kills since Sept. 13 vs. Evansville, also tallied a personal-best 11 digs and three blocks to complement her .341 hitting percentage. Laquerre, whose previous career high in kills was 15, finished with a personal high of 53 attack attempts as well as an impressive .302 hitting percentage.




ORONO, MAINE – Freshman Amy Keding (Northbrook, Ill.) had a team-high 10 kills, but it wasn’t enough as the University of New Hampshire women’s volleyball team fell, 3-1, to America East foe the Maine, on Friday night at Memorial Gym. The match scores were 25-27, 25-16, 25-14, and 25-18. UNH moves to 5-17, 2-4 in America East, while the Black Bears are now 10-10, 3-3 AE.




Box Score
DURHAM, N.H. –
Junior Kirsten Bates (Calgary, Alberta) had a match-high 15 kills and eight digs to lead the University of New Hampshire volleyball team to 3-0 win over America East foe the Stony Brook University, 3-0, on Sunday afternoon at Lundholm Gymnasium. The match scores were 25-23, 25-21 and 25-21. UNH improves to (5-16, 2-3 in America East), while the Seawolves are now 9-14, 0-5 AE.




Box Score
DURHAM, N.H. –
Junior Kirsten Bates (Calgary, Alberta) had a match-high 13 kills and six digs to lead the University of New Hampshire volleyball team to a three-set sweep of America East foe the University of Hartford, 3-0, on Saturday afternoon at Lundholm Gymnasium. The match scores were 25-17, 25-16 and 25-17. UNH improves to 4-16, 1-3 in America East, while the Hawks are now 5-17, 0-4 AE.




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VESTAL, N.Y. – Junior Lindsay Fogarty (Pleasanton, Calif.) posted a match-high 14 kills, but the University of New Hampshire volleyball team dropped Saturday afternoon’s 3-1 decision to America East foe Binghamton University at West Gym. The match scores were 25-18, 21-25, 21-25, 22-25. The Wildcats fall to 3-16 on the season, including 0-3 in America East play, while the Bearcats move to 9-11 overall and 4-0 in the conference.




Box Score
ALBANY, N.Y. – Junior Kirsten Bates (Calgary, Alberta) registered a match-high 20 kills to lead three players in with double-figure kills, but the University of New Hampshire volleyball team lost to America East foe the University at Albany, 3-1, on Sunday afternoon at University Gym. The set scores were 25-17, 21-25, 25-21, 25-21. The Wildcats fall to 3-15 overall, 0-2 in league play. The Great Danes are now 9-8 overall, 2-0 in America East.




Box Score
BALTIMORE, Md. –
Junior middle blocker Kirsten Bates (Calgary, Alberta) tallied a team-best 12 kills, but the University of New Hampshire volleyball team lost its America East opener 3-0 to UMBC on Friday night at RAC Arena. The Wildcats are now 3-14 overall, 0-1 in America East, while the Retrievers are now 11-6, 1-0 AE. The set scores were 25-23, 25-12 and 25-23.




Box Score
DURHAM, N.H. –
Junior Kirsten Bates (Calgary, Alberta) had a match-high 21 kills and 15 digs, but it was not enough as the University of New Hampshire volleyball team fell to non-conference foe Harvard University, 3-2, on Tuesday night at Lundholm Gymnasium. The match scores were 26-24, 27-25, 21-25, 22-25 and 15-12. UNH moves to 3-13, while the Crimson are now 6-7.




By: Anthony DeAngelis
DURHAM, N.H. –
The last time Erin Walker and Stacy Barnett were together at the University of New Hampshire, the two helped lead the New Hampshire volleyball team to the first of two straight America East Championships.

It’s been five years since and for the Wildcats, that season would mark the last time then Assistant Coach Barnett and attacker Walker would join together to help lead UNH to prominence. 




Box Score
DURHAM, N.H. –
The University of New Hampshire volleyball team fell to non-conference foe Northeastern University, 3-0, on Tuesday night at Lundholm Gymnasium. The match scores were 25-15, 25-14, and 25-17. UNH moves to 3-12, while the Huskies are now 6-7.




PSU BOX | YALE BOX
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. –
The University of New Hampshire volleyball team dropped a pair of matches to top-flight opponents during the final day at the Penn State Classic on Saturday afternoon on the campus of Penn State University. The Wildcats opened the day with a loss to top-ranked Penn State and fell to regional power Yale University in the their final match. UNH is now 3-11 overall, while PSU and Yale are 11-0 and 4-2, respectively.




Box Score
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. –
Junior Kirsten Bates (Calgary, Alberta) registered a team-high 14 kills and added 12 digs, but it was not enough as the University of New Hampshire volleyball team dropped its opening match at the Penn State Classic, 3-1, to St. Louis University. The set scores were 25-18, 25-23, 23-25 and 25-16. The Wildcats fall to 3-9 overall, while the Billikens improves to 7-3. UNH continues play at the Penn State Classic on Saturday with a pair of matches against Penn State (10 a.m.) and Yale (4 p.m.).




Box Score
HANOVER, N.H. – Junior middle blocker Lindsay Fogarty (Pleasanton, Calif.) had a team-high 10 kills including the final two points of the match and added four blocks to lift the University of New Hampshire volleyball team to a 3-0 win over Dartmouth College on Tuesday night at Leede Arena. The Wildcats captured their second-straight win and third in their last five matches as they improve to 3-8 overall. The Big Green is now 2-3 overall. The set scores were 25-20, 25-23 and 28-26.




America East Release
CAMBRIDGE, Mass.  –
Kirsten Bates (Calgary, Alberta), a junior outside hitter on the University of New Hampshire volleyball team, was named America East Player of the Week on Monday. Bates earns her second player of the week honor all time and first in 2008.




Box Scores: (Evansville) | (Seton Hall)
DURHAM, N.H. – The University of New Hampshire volleyball team concluded play at Holly Young Invitational with a split on Saturday at Lundholm Gymnasium. The Wildcats dropped match one 3-1, to Evansville, while they defeated tournament champion Seton Hall in the tournament’s finale, 3-1. The Pirates captured the title at the invitational with a 2-1 record and wins over Evansville and Rhode Island.




Box Score
DURHAM, N.H. –
Junior Kirsten Bates (Calgary, Alberta) tallied a match-best 20 kills, but it was not enough as the University of New Hampshire volleyball team dropped its opening-round match in the Holly Young Invitational, 3-2, to Rhode Island on Friday night at Lundholm Gymnasium. The match scores were 22-25, 25-21, 18-25, 25-22 and 15-11. UNH falls to 1-7, while the Rams are now 5-3. The Wildcats return to action with a pair of matches on Saturday to conclude play in the Holly Young Invitational at Lundholm Gymnasium. In the first match of the tournament, Seton Hall captured a 3-1 win over Evansville. The set scores were 21-25, 25-20, 25-18 and 25-23.




DURHAM, N.H. – The University of New Hampshire volleyball team will play host to Seton Hall, Evansville and Rhode Island in the Holly Young Invitational on Friday and Saturday, Sept. 12-13. Friday night, action begins in the newly named Holly Young Invitational with Evansville and Seton Hall at 4:30 p.m. The tournament, which is a long-standing tradition at UNH, was renamed this off-season to honor the memory of Holly Young. In January, Young, a former member of the volleyball program, lost her battle with Ewing’s Sarcoma, a rare form of bone cancer.  The Wildcats will play Rhode Island at 7 p.m. Friday night, Evansville at 12:30 p.m. Saturday and will conclude its part of the tournament with Seton Hall at 7 p.m. in the second annual “Dig for the Cure” event.




Box Score
DURHAM, N.H. –
Junior Kirsten Bates (Calgary, Alberta) and freshman Christie Dorch (Friendswood, Texas) each recorded eight kills to lift the University of New Hampshire volleyball team to a decisive, 3-0, win over Bryant University in the home opener Tuesday night at Lundholm Gymnasium. The match scores were 25-17, 25-16 and 25-11.  With the win UNH improves to 1-6, while the Bulldogs are now 5-2. The Wildcats return to action Friday night as they play host to the Holly Young Invitational at Lundholm Gymnasium.


MSU BOX | SYRACUSE BOX

NEWARK, Del. – The University of New Hampshire volleyball team dropped a pair of matches in the second day of competition at the Delaware Invitational. The Wildcats move to 0-6 overall. Michigan State captured match one 3-1 with set scores of 25-19, 23-25, 25-18 and 25-13, while Syracuse took the final match of the weekend 3-0 with set scores 25-23, 25-23 and 25-21. The Wildcats open the home portion of the 2008 schedule on Tuesday night with Bryant University (7 p.m.).




Box Score
NEWARK, Del. – Junior Kirsten Bates (Calgary, Alerta) registered a match-high 16 kills and added 15 digs, but the University of New Hampshire volleyball team dropped its opening game at the Delaware Invitational, 3-2, to the host Fightin’ Blue Hens. The set scores were 15-25, 25-21, 25-15, 19-25 and 15-9. The Wildcats fell to 0-4 overall, while Delaware improves to 1-3. UNH continues play at the Delaware Invitational on Saturday with a pair of matches against Michigan State (11 a.m.) and Syracuse (5 p.m.).



By Kristine King, UNH Athletic Media Relations

Collectively, they have traveled over 20,000 miles, and have traded ocean and continents for opportunities to play on the field and court. They have come to UNH ready to play and ready to teach.
      Lucia Bridova (Bratislava, Slovakia), Kate Collins Smyth (Parteen, Ireland), Radar Onguetou (Yaounde, Cameroon) and Rony Tchatchoua (Douala, Cameroon) are four of eight foreign student-athletes that have traveled over seas to UNH to excel as Wildcats and share their culture.


UVA Box | MSU Box
HARRISONBURG, Va.
— The University of New Hampshire volleyball team concluded play at the JMU/Days Inn Invitational with a pair of losses to Virginia (3-0) and Murray State (3-2) on Saturday at Sinclair Gym on the campus of James Madison. The Wildcats fall to 0-3 to start the season. UNH will return to action next weekend at the Delaware Tournament in Newark, Del. Junior Kirsten Bates (Calgary, Alberta) was named to the JMU/Days Inn All-Tournament team for her efforts throughout the tournament.




Box  Score
HARRISONBURG, Va. –
Junior Kirsten Bates (Calgary, Alberta) registered a team-high 13 kills and hit at a .321 clip, but it was not enough as the University of New Hampshire volleyball team dropped its season-opener to James Madison University, 3-0, at the JMU/Days Inn Invitational. The set scores were 25-20, 25-20 and 25-21. The Wildcats fall to 0-1 overall, while JMU improves to 1-0. UNH continues play at the JMU Invitational on Saturday with a pair of matches against Virginia (10 a.m.) and Murray State (4 p.m.).




DURHAM, N.H. — Returning a league-leading three all-conference selections and four starters, the 2008 Wildcats look to challenge for another America East Championship. UNH captured back-to-back titles in 2002 and 2003 and were in the hunt throughout last season when they rattled off a 19-9 overall record and finished second in America East in the regular season. There is once again a flurry of optimism surrounding the 2008 Wildcat volleyball team and Head Coach Jill Hirschinger and her staff are excited about the potential of this year’s squad.


CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The University of New Hampshire volleyball team, led by 13th-year head coach Jill Hirschinger, was selected second in the 2008 America East Preseason Coaches Poll that was released Tuesday by the league office. UNH received a total of 31 points, including two first-place votes, just two points shy of back-to-back reigning champion Albany (33; four first-place votes) and two points ahead of UMBC (29 points; one first-place vote). Rounding out the seven-team field were Binghamton (21), Stony Brook (16), Hartford (9) and Maine (8).



DURHAM, N.H.— The University of New Hampshire volleyball team will be the host of its annual Blue/White Scrimmage this Saturday, Aug. 9. The action is set to begin at 8:30 p.m. at Lundholm Gymnasium.

The game will feature all the returning players as well as the incoming freshman class. Originally started to reward volleyball campers at the conclusion of camp, the event has been opened to the public and greater Durham community. The scrimmage will be a single game to 25 points and will include music and public address like UNH regular-season matches.



BIG RAPIDS, Mich. -- Head Coach Jill Hirschinger of the University of New Hampshire volleyball team is being enshrined into the Ferris State University Bulldog Athletics Hall of Fame Class of 2008, which will be inducted this fall. The six-member group was announced July 10 by Ferris State. Hirschinger is being honored for her impressive 12-year coaching tenure with the Bulldogs from 1984-95. Earlier this year, Hirschinger was inducted into the Utah State Hall of Fame along with the rest of the 1978 National Championship volleyball team.





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