DURHAM, N.H. – Senior setter Kate Uitti (Pinckney, Mich.) became just the second player in program history to register 3,000 career assists, however the University of New Hampshire volleyball team closed out the final day of competition at the second-annual Holly Young Invitational with a pair of losses to Harvard (3-1) and Arizona State (3-0) on Saturday at Lundholm Gymnasium.
Uitti, who tallied 88 helpers over the weekend, is second on the program’s all-time assists list with 3,008 behind only current Wildcat associate head coach Stacy Barnett (3,977). She was also the New Hampshire’s selection to the All-Tournament team.
Set scores against the Crimson were 25-21, 23-25, 25-15, 25-18, while set scores against ASU were 25-16, 25-6 and 25-17. Arizona State won the second-annual Holly Young Invitational by virtue of a perfect 3-0 record against the field. Harvard, UNH and Wyoming all finished the weekend 1-2. In other action on Saturday, Arizona State defeated Wyoming (3-1) and Wyoming downed Harvard (3-1).
Against Harvard, Kirsten Bates (Calgary, Alberta) led the way offensively with 11 kills and chipped in with eight digs. Lindsay Fogarty (Pleasanton, Calif.) added eight kills, while Uitti paced the Wildcat offense with 31 assists. Defensively, Sara Heldman (Greenwood, Ind.) had a team-high 17 digs. The Crimson captured the first set by a four-point margin and used 14 kills and a .353 clip to secure victory. In the second set, the Wildcats built a small lead midway through the set and used that momentum to earn the two-point victory. Harvard registered 14 kills in each of the final two sets and held a lead throughout most of the sets capturing wins of 25-15 and 25-18 en route to the 3-1 win.
Against Arizona State, Bates notched a team-best eight kills. Uitti chipped in with 19 assists, including her 3,000th during the third and final set, while Heldman notched a team-high 14 digs. The Sun Devils had 40 kills on the day and hit at a .323 clip, including a .526 clip that was error free. Additionally, ASU had just 10 attacking errors on 93 total attempts.
The All-Tournament team for the 2009 Holly Young Invitational was:
Arizona State: Sofie Schlagintweit, So., OH
Arizona State: Sarah Johnson, Jr., L
Arizona State: Sarah Reaves, Sr., OH
Wyoming: Jodi Purdy, Fr., OH
Wyoming: JennaRae Jester, Jr., MB
Harvard: Lily Durwood, Sr., S
New Hampshire: Kate Uitti, Sr., S
The Wildcats return to action on Tuesday evening when they travel to non-conference foe Northeastern University. Match time is 7 p.m. New Hampshire returns home on Oct. 2 (7 p.m.) when it opens America East play against Binghamton University. Tickets for the AE opener and all UNH home matches are available online at www.UNHWildcats.com.
UITTI CAPTURES 3,000TH ASSIST, VOLLEYBALL DROPS A PAIR AT HOLLY YOUNG INVITATIONAL