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CAMBRIDGE, MASS— Student-athletes at the University of New Hampshire continue to excel in the classroom and as a result the Wildcats finished second in the running for the 2007-08 America East Academic Cup with an impressive cumulative grade point average of 3.12.  UNH has won the Academic Cup twice, in 1998-99 and 1999-2000.
    The University of Vermont narrowly edged out UNH to take home the hardware with a 3.14 GPA.
    The University of Maine (3.10), Stony Brook University (3.06) and Binghamton University (3.04) were the other institutions in America East to compile grade point averages of 3.00 or better in 2007-08.


TORONTO -- Junior middle blocker Kirsten Bates (Calgary, Alberta) of the University of New Hampshire volleyball team finished second at the Volleyball Canada U-21 National Championships last week in Toronto, Ontario. Bates and her partner Katelyn Archer, from Grant MacEwan College in Edmonton, Alberta, will serve as alternates for Canada at the 2008 World Championship in England.



DURHAM, N.H. – The University of New Hampshire women’s volleyball team played host to another successful “Volley 4 Holly” event on Wednesday, May 14. The fourth annual “Volley 4 Holly” tournament raised over $1,500 for the Holly Young Fund, while close to 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 of this year 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 Holly Young Fund.



DURHAM, N.H. – Head Coach Jill Hirschinger of the University of New Hampshire volleyball team has announced the seven-member class of 2008. Pauline Acres (Manhattan Beach, Calif.), Jessy Dick (Lethbridge, Alberta), Christie Dorch (Friendswood, Texas), Taylor Dressing (Gillette, N.J.), Amy Keding (Northbrook, Ill.), Lauren Laquerre (Concord, N.H.) and Starsha Tunstall (Providence, R.I.) have all committed to UNH and will join the Wildcats in the fall of 2008.



STANDINGS

WESTLAKE, Ohio
– The National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics recently announced that the University of New Hampshire ranks 81st out of 365 Division I schools in the NACDA Directors’ Cup standings at the end of the winter sport season.
     The Wildcats have amassed 162 points, including the 25 points they tallied during the fall season. The ski team, which stands 11th overall, provided 57 points, while the third-ranked women’s hockey team supplied 55 points and the ninth-ranked men’s hockey team kicked in another 25.


ROCHESTER, N.Y. – The University of New Hampshire volleyball team completed its spring season by participating in the Rochester Hot Shots Collegiate Beach Challenge on April 26.

The invitational, which served as the first-ever indoor beach competition for college teams, saw a total of 21 pairings compete in the double-sand event. The Wildcats were joined by CAA foe Delaware, America East foes Binghamton, Albany and a team from the University of Montreal.


DURHAM, N.H.  — The University of New Hampshire volleyball team went an impressive 9-1 in competition at the UNH tournament last weekend at Lundholm Gymnasium. The Wildcats opened the day with six-straight games won and closed out the day with a three-game winning streak.
 
The Wildcats opened the day with sweep against a UNH alumni team (25-20, 25-12) and followed that up with a two-game sweeps of Boston College (25-19, 25-19) and Rhode Island (25-12, 25-18). UNH dropped game one to Maine, 21-25, but rallied with a decisive victory in game two, 25-12). The Wildcats closed out the day with a sweep of Dartmouth (25-20, 25-18).



DURHAM, N.H. – Senior tri-captain Jessica Compton (Woodridge, Ill.) of the University of New Hampshire volleyball team was named the Holly Young Most Valuable Player at the 2007 team awards banquet at Holloway Commons on the UNH campus on Saturday night. The banquet served as a fitting conclusion to a day full of activities that highlighted the accomplishments of the Wildcat volleyball program.

Earlier in the day the program took time to honor and celebrate the memory of Holly Young. Young, a three-year member of the Wildcat volleyball program, passed away on Jan. 24 of this year after a courageous three-year battle with Ewing's Sarcoma, a rare form of bone cancer. UNH volleyball honored Young’s memory by planting a tree in the Memory Walk, retiring Young’s jersey (#4) and participating in the Relay 4 Life on campus. In addition, the Most Valuable Player award has been named in Young’s honor.



DURHAM, N.H. — The University of New Hampshire women's volleyball team has a full slate of activities planned for Saturday, April 19. The day will including a spring tournament, a ceremonial tree planting and the annual end of year banquet.



BOSTON -- The University of New Hampshire volleyball team competed at the Northeastern Tournament, on Saturday at Solomon Court. The Wildcats went 4-8 on the day with a sweep of Boston College and splits with Holy Cross (1-1) and Northeastern (1-1). UNH dropped two games with UConn, Maine and a Northeastern alumni team.

The Wildcats opened the day with split with Northeastern (25-22, 17-25) and Holy Cross (25-23, 19-25). UNH rattled off a pair of wins over Boston College (25-18, 25-16), before dropping the final six games of the day to a Northeastern Alumni team (13-25, 22-25), UConn (22-25, 18-25) and Maine (22-25, 20-25).




2008 Schedule
DURHAM, N.H. – Jill Hirschinger
, head coach of the University of New Hampshire volleyball team, has announced the schedule for the upcoming 2008 season.

The Wildcats open their 2008 campaign on Friday, August 29th at the James Madison Tournament with the host Dukes at 7 p.m. UNH will also play Virginia and Murray State on the second day of competition at JMU.


DURHAM, N.H. – The University of New Hampshire women’s volleyball team has announced that the team will hold the fourth annual “Volley 4 Holly” tournament on Wednesday, May 14 in Lundholm Gym from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The event was created to raise money for Wildcat volleyball player Holly Young, who passed away on Jan. 24 of this year 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 Holly Young Fund.



KINGSTON, R.I. — The University of New Hampshire volleyball team completed a successful day at the URI Tournament, the team’s first tournament of the spring season on Saturday. The Wildcats opened with a split of the host Rams (1-1), defeated Boston College (2-0) and Holy Cross (2-0), before losing to Northeastern (0-2) in the final match of the day at Keaney Gymnasium.

The Wildcats earned a split with URI by capturing the first game 25-23 before losing a close second game 24-26. UNH bounced back with four-straight wins with two over BC (25-20, 25-18) and Holy Cross (25-16, 25-12). Northeastern ended UNH's run by winning the final two games of the day 20-25 and 13-25.




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 play in three tournaments on the road and will play host to some of New England’s elite programs for in their annual spring tournament on April 19 at Lundholm Gymnasium.



LOGAN, Utah – Head Coach Jill Hirschinger of the University of New Hampshire volleyball team is being inducted into the Utah State University Intercollegiate Athletics Hall of Fame. The dinner and induction ceremony for the Hall of Fame’s sixth class is scheduled for Friday, Feb. 8.



DURHAM, N.H. – In tribute to the life of University of New Hampshire volleyball student-athlete Holly Young (Dennisport, Mass.), the University’s athletic department will host a celebration in honor of the 22-year-old on Tuesday, Feb. 5 at Lundholm Gymnasium at 7 p.m.

Young passed away last Thursday evening (Jan. 24) after a three-year battle with Ewing’s Sarcoma, a rare form of bone cancer. She was diagnosed with the disease in 2004 after her freshman season. She missed the following year while in treatments, but rejoined her teammates on the sidelines in 2006.



CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – A total of 89 University of New Hampshire student-athletes were named to the 2007 America East Fall Academic Honor Roll for recording a grade point average of 3.0 or above in that fall semester, the league announced Thursday. Forty-one of those Wildcats were also named to the Commissioner’s Honor Roll and received that distinction with a gpa of at least 3.5.
     The UNH women’s cross country team boasted 21 student-athletes on the Academic Honor Roll, which tied for the highest total in that sport (Stony Brook also had 21 runners feted). Twelve of those Wildcats were on the Commissioner’s Honor Roll. New Hampshire also had the highest total in volleyball with 10 players making the grade; SBU, Binghamton and Maine tied that total.
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DURHAM, N.H. -- University of New Hampshire volleyball student-athlete Holly Young (Dennisport, Mass.) passed away Thursday evening (Jan. 24) after a courageous three-year battle with Ewing's Sarcoma, a rare form of bone cancer.



    DURHAM, N.H.– The University of New Hampshire announced today that Learfield Sports has become its first-ever, exclusive athletics multimedia partner, effective with the 2008-09 academic year. 
    The 10-year agreement calls for Learfield Sports to establish a locally based entity, known as “Wildcat Sports Properties” (WSP), to manage and sell UNH Athletics’ multimedia rights that include all signage at the Whittemore Center, Cowell Stadium and Lundholm Gym.  In addition to its athletic venues, Learfield Sports will oversee UNH Athletics’ radio rights, corporate hospitality, print sponsorships, event marketing, certain television rights and official athletic Web site advertising for unhwildcats.com


DURHAM, N.H. – The University of New Hampshire has announced that Stacy Barnett has been elevated to associate head coach for volleyball. The promotion from assistant coach is in recognition of her outstanding work as a member of the volleyball staff. Barnett recently completed her third season as the top assistant coach with the Wildcat volleyball program. This past season, Barnett helped guide the Wildcats to an America East Championship appearance.



    CAMBRIDGE, Mass.-- The University of New Hampshire is currently leading the America East 2007-08 Stuart P. Haskell, Jr. Commissioner's Cup standings by a mere five points after completion of the fall athletic season. The Commissioner's Cup annually recognizes the strongest athletic program in America East as determined by a scoring system which rewards a school for success both during the regular season and at championship competition in the conference's 22 sports.
    Following the six fall championships, New Hampshire has 144 points and holds a slight edge over current Cup holder, Boston University, which has 139 points. Stony Brook University is third with 111 points followed by Binghamton University (106), University at Albany (83), University of Vermont (81), University of Maine (67), UMBC (65) and University of Hartford (61).



STONY BROOK, N.Y. – Toni Barnas (Cary, Ill.) of the University of New Hampshire volleyball team was selected to the All-Championship Team following the conclusion of the 2007 America East Volleyball Championship on Sunday afternoon.

Barnas, a senior outside hitter, recorded a double-double with 12 kills and 11 defensive digs in UNH’s 3-1 loss in the Nov. 17 semifinal match against 3rd-seeded Albany at Stony Brook’s SBU Arena. Barnas hit at a .379 clip and added a block.



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STONY BROOK, N.Y. – The second-seeded University of New Hampshire women’s volleyball team closed out the 2007 season with a 3-1 loss to No. 3 University at Albany in the America East Championship semifinals on Saturday afternoon at SBU Arena on the campus of Stony Brook University.

The Wildcats finish the 2007 campaign 19-9 overall, while the two-time defeating champion Great Danes improve to 20-9 and advance to title game against top-seeded Stony Brook, which won its semifinal match, 3-1, earlier in the day.



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DURHAM, N.H. — The second-seeded UNH volleyball team opens play at the America East Championship on Saturday, Nov. 17 against No. 3 Albany. The Wildcats, who own a 2-0 advantage in the season series, will square off against the Great Danes at 3:30 p.m. at top-seede Stony Brook. The winner of that match will play the winner of the No. 1 Stony Brook, No. 4 Binghamton match for the title. Somethings got to give on Saturday as the Wildcats own an active four-game winning streak in the America East Championship, while the Great Danes have won two of the last three titles. UNH captured back-to-back titles in 2002 and 2003.




STONY BROOK, N.Y. – Alyse Lahti (Pepper Pike, Ohio), a sophomore libero on the University of New Hampshire women’s volleyball team, has been named America East Defensive Specialist of the Year. Lahti headlines a group of a league-best five Wildcat all-conference honorees. The annual awards were announced on Friday night at the America East banquet on the campus of Stony Brook University.



CAMBRIDGE, Mass.  – Kirsten Bates (Calgary, Alberta), a sophomore middle blocker on the University of New Hampshire volleyball team, was named America East Player of the Week on Monday. Bates becomes the first Wildcat to earn this accolade in 2007.

Bates posted a double-double with a match-high 20 kills and 17 digs in a 3-1 win over Albany, securing the second seed for the Wildcats in the upcoming America East Championship. The sophomore middle blocker hit at a .390 clip, and had a team-high three blocks and two aces. Bates landed on the conference top ten in four categories last week, including hitting percentage, kills (5.00 per game), digs (4.25 per game), and points (5.62 per game). This is her first weekly award of the season.


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DURHAM, N.H. – Sophomore Kirsten Bates (Calgary, Alberta) posted a double-double with 20 kills and 17 digs to lift the University of New Hampshire women’s volleyball to Sunday afternoon’s 3-1 win over Albany. The game scores for the regular-season finale were 30-26, 30-25, 17-30 and 30-24. With the win, the Wildcats finished the regular season in a second-place tie and secured the second seed in the upcoming America East Championship. UNH will once again match up with Albany on Saturday, Nov. 17 at 4 p.m. at top-seeded Stony Brook.



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STONY BROOK, N.Y. – Senior Jessica Compton (Woodridge, Ill.) recorded a team-high 16 kills, hit at a .444 clip and had a team-high three blocks, but it was not enough as the University of New Hampshire volleyball team saw its five-game winning streak snapped in a 3-1 loss at Stony Brook on Sunday afternoon. The game scores were 30-27, 30-25, 24-30 and 30-24. The Wildcats fall to 18-8 overall, 7-4 in America East play. Stony Brook improves to 21-7 overall, 9-1 in AE.

By virtue of Albany's win over UMBC, the Wildcats have secured a berth in the upcoming America East Tournament. UNH returns to the post season for the first time since the 2003 season.



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WEST HARTFORD, Conn. –
Toni Barnas (Cary, Ill.) (.290 hitting %) and Lindsay Fogarty (Pleasanton, Calif.) (.476 hitting %) each recorded 13 kills to propel the University of New Hampshire volleyball team to Friday night’s 3-0 victoryagainst the University of Hartford at Sports Center. The game scores were 30-17, 30-24 and 30-22. UNH, which captures its fifth-straight win, improves to 18-7 overall with a 7-3 mark in America East play. The Hawks are now 7-21, 0-8 in conference.



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DURHAM, N.H. –
Sophomore middle blocker Lindsay Fogarty (Pleasanton, Calif.) recorded a career-high 19 kills and hit at a .586 clip to pace the University of New Hampshire volleyball team to Sunday afternoon’s 3-1 America East victory against Binghamton University at Lundholm Gymnasium. The game scores were 29-31, 30-19, 30-24 and 30-23.

UNH, which played in front of a pink-splattered crowd of 503 during the Dig for the Cure event, improves to 17-7 overall, 6-3 in America East. Binghamton is now 15-15, 6-3.


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DURHAM, N.H. – Senior outside hitter Jeanne Czipri (Aurora, Ill.) recorded a career-high 18 kills as well as four blocks to spark the University of New Hampshire volleyball team to Friday night’s 3-2 America East victory against the University of Maryland-Baltimore County at Lundholm Gymnasium. The game scores were 24-30, 32-30, 28-30, 30-23, 15-6. UNH won its third consecutive match to improve to 16-7 overall, 5-3 in America East. UMBC is now 19-8, 4-4.
     Including Czipri, who tallied a .390 hitting percentage, five Wildcats finished with double digits in kills. Kirsten Bates (Calgary, Alberta) recorded a match-high 19 kills and the trio of Toni Barnas (Cary, Ill.), Emmy Blouin (St. Albert, Alberta) and Lindsay Fogarty (Pleasanton, Calif.) finished with 11 kills apiece. Kate Uitti (Pinckney, Mich.) directed the Wildcat attack with 65 assists.
     Defensively, Alyse Lahti (Pepper Pike, Ohio) led five ‘Cats in double digits in digs with a match-high 27. She was followed by Sara Heldman (Greenwood, Ind.; 17), Uitti (16), Jayde Huxtable (St. Charles, Ill.; 13) and Bates (10). Also of note defensively, Fogarty finished with four blocks and Jessica Compton (Woodridge, Ill.) was credited with three.



DURHAM, N.H. – In an effort to raise money and awareness to help fight breast cancer, the University of New Hampshire volleyball team will participate in the “Dig for the Cure” event during their Oct. 28 match against Binghamton University. Match time is 1 p.m. at Lundholm Gymnasium.
   
This year marks the first time UNH joins in the nationwide cause, as the Wildcats are among over 60 volleyball programs across the country participating in the event.



CAMBRIDGE, Mass.  – Kate Uitti (Pinckney, Mich.), a sophomore tri-captain on the University of New Hampshire volleyball team, was named America East Setter of the Week on Monday. Uitti has now earned this accolade in three times this season.

Uitti, the conference leader in assists, helped quarterback the Wildcats to a 3-0 victory over Maine. The sophomore setter tallied 40 assists and 12 digs, for 13.33 assists per game and 4.0 digs per game. Recently, Uitti surpassed Anne Davis and moved into second on the all-time assists list at UNH with 1,794. Current UNH assistant coach Stacy Barnett holds the all-time mark with 3,977. Uitti's 942 assists this season is already the seventh-best single season mark for a Wildcats. Uitti also won the season's first setter honor on September 4.



ORONO, Maine – Sophomore Kirsten Bates (Calgary, Alberta) recorded 15 kills, and senior tri-captain Toni Barnas (Cary, Ill.) recorded 13, to lead the University of New Hampshire volleyball team to a 3-0 (30-21, 30-24, 30-27) sweep of the University of Maine on Saturday at Memorial Gym.
     The Wildcats, who hit at a .325 clip compared to Maine’s .223, improve their record to 15-7, including 4-3 in America East, while the Black Bears fall to 2-18 overall, and 1-6 in the conference.




DURHAM, N.H.- Seniors Emmy Blouin (St. Albert, Alberta) Toni Barnas (Cary, Ill.) and sophomore Kirsten Bates (Calgary, Alb.) recorded 12, 11 and 10 kills, respectively, to lift the University of New Hampshire volleyball team to a 3-0 win over the University of Hartford on Sunday afternoon at Lundholm Gymnasium. The scores were 30-18, 30-27, 30-28. The Wildcats extend their winning streak with Hartford to 22 games and improve to 14-7 on the season, 2-3 in America East. The Hawks drop to 7-15, 0-5 in the conference.
    New Hampshire hit a .358 mark, compared to Hartford’s .208 in the match. In addition to the hitting trio, sophomore Kate Uitti (Pinckney, Mich.) recorded a team-high 37 assists in the match to go along with eight digs for the Wildcats.




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DURHAM, N.H.
– Jackie Ahlers recorded six kills and a block in the decisive fifth game to lift the Stony Brook University volleyball team to Friday night’s 3-2 America East conference victory against University of New Hampshire at Lundholm Gym. The game scores were 30-32, 30-24, 27-30, 30-23 and 15-13.
      UNH suffered its first home loss of the season (in six matches) and is now 13-7 overall, 2-3 in America East. Stony Brook is now 15-7, 3-1. Overall, all five games were close throughout as there were a total of 53 ties and 20 lead changes in the match.
     Kate Uitti finished with 65 assists to ascend to No. 3 on UNH’s career assist list with 1,717; she surpassed Katie Weidner (1,712). In addition to Bates, four Wildcats finished in double digits in kills. Emmy Blouin (16 kills) was followed by Jessica Compton and Toni Barnas with 12 each, and Lindsay Fogarty (10). Alyse Lahti and Sara Heldman led the defensive effort with 22 and 17 digs, respectively, and Compton tallied five blocks.



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DURHAM, N.H. – The University of New Hampshire women’s volleyball team remained perfect (5-0) at home capturing a 3-1 win over America East foe Maine on Monday night at Lundholm Gymnasium. Sophomore middle blocker Lindsay Fogarty (Pleasanton, Calif.) recorded a team-best 16 kills to pace four Wildcats in double figures. The game scores were 30-26, 30-19, 30-32 and 30-25. UNH improves to 13-6 overall and evens it conference mark to 2-2, while Maine falls to 1-16 overall, 0-4.



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ALBANY, N.Y. – Trailing 7-3 in the fifth and final game, the University of New Hampshire women's volleyball team closed out the match on an 12-3 run to capture the 3-2 win over Albany on Friday night at University Gym. The Wildcats, who snap a two-game slide, improve to 12-6 overall, 1-2 in America East. Albany, the reigning champion in America East, falls to 12-6 overall as it is handed its first conference loss moving to 2-1 in league play. The match scores were 25-30, 30-24, 26-30, 30-26 and 15-10. Sophomore Kirsten Bates (Calgary, Alberta) registered a double-double with a match-high 28 kills and 22 defensive digs to lead four Wildcats in double figures. Seniors Toni Barnas (Cary, Ill.), Emmy Blouin (St. Albert, Alberta) and Jessica Compton (Woodridge, Ill.) had 12, 11 and 10 kills, respectively.




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BALTIMORE, Md. – Senior Emmy Blouin (St. Albert, Alberta) recorded a team-high 15 kills to lead three Wildcats in double figure kills, but it was not enough as the University of New Hampshire volleyball team dropped its second-straight match, 3-1, at Maryland-Baltimore County. The game scores were 30-27, 28-30, 30-32 and 24-30. The Wildcats fall to 11-6 overall, 0-2 in America East play. UMBC improves to 15-4 overall, 2-0 in AE.



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VESTAL, N.Y. – Senior Emmy Blouin (St. Albert, Alberta) recorded a match-high 21 kills, but it was not enough as the University of New Hampshire volleyball team saw its five-game winning streak snapped in a 3-2 loss at Binghamton in its America East opener. The game scores were 30-22, 26-30, 27-30, 30-24 and 13-15. The Wildcats fall to 11-5 overall, 0-1 in America East play. Binghamton improves to 8-12 overall, 1-0 in AE.




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DURHAM, N.H. – Seniors Toni Barnas (Cary, Ill.), Emmy Blouin (St. Albert, Alberta) and Jessica Compton (Woodridge, Ill.) recorded 17, 15 and 13 kills, respectively, to lift the University of New Hampshire volleyball team to a 3-1 win over in-state foe Dartmouth College on Tuesday night at Lundholm Gymnasium. The game scores were 27-30, 30-27, 30-20 and 30-21. The Wildcats, who have now won five straight, conclude non-conference play 11-4 overall, while the Big Green falls to 8-3 overall. UNH is off to its best start since the 1984 season, when the Wildcats opened the season with a matching 11-4 mark.



CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Kirsten Bates (Calgary, Alberta) recorded a match-high 17 kills and added six digs to help propel the University of New Hampshire volleyball team to Tuesday night’s 3-0 victory (30-20, 30-23, 30-28) on the road at Harvard University. Registering their fourth-straight win, the Wildcats improve to 10-4 overall, while the Crimson fall to 3-5.



CAMBRIDGE, Mass. Kate Uitti (Pinckney, Mich.), a sophomore tri-captain on the University of New Hampshire volleyball team, was named America East Setter of the Week on Monday. Uitti has now earned this accolade in two of the first three weeks of the young season. Uitti was named to the All-Tournament Team at the UNH Tournament by helping the Wildcats to a weekend sweep of Holy Cross, Syracuse and SMU.



DURHAM N.H. – The University of New Hampshire women’s volleyball team captured the title at the UNH Tournament with a pair of day-two wins and a perfect 3-0 mark for the weekend. The Wildcats defeated Syracuse, 3-2 (30-27, 30-23, 25-30, 28-30, 23-21) and won the title match in straight games over Southern Methodist (30-26, 30-24, 30-26).
      With the tournament win, head coach Jill Hirschinger captured her 200th win as head coach at UNH. She now has 609 wins for her storied career. The tournament win is the second tournament the Wildcats have won this season. UNH, which  improves to 9-4 overall, opened the season by winning its first three games en route to the title at the Colgate Tournament.



DURHAM, N.H. – Seniors Emmy Blouin (St. Albert, Alberta) and Jess Compton (Woodridge, Ill.) each tallied a match-high eight kills, while sophomore Kate Uitti (Pinckney, Mich.) recorded a match-best 34 assists as the University of New Hampshire volleyball team cruised to a 3-0 victory over the College of the Holy Cross on Friday night in the opening day of the UNH Tournament at Lundholm Gymnasium. The game scores were 30-13, 30-18 and 30-17.
     With the win over the Crusaders the Wildcats improve to 7-4, while Holy Cross is now 3-9 overall.
Sophomore outside hitter Kirsten Bates (Calgary, Alberta) had another strong performance in the win with five kills, four digs and a .455 hitting percentage. Sophomore libero Alyse Lahti (Pepper Pike, Ohio) served up a match-best six aces and notched 10 digs.



COLLEGE PARK, Md.  – After defeating Temple University in straight games of the opening match of the Hilton Garden Inn Greenbelt Invitational on Friday night, the University of New Hampshire volleyball team dropped matches to University of Maryland (3-0) and James Madison University (3-0) on Saturday at Comcast Pavilion.
     Maryland, the host school of the tournament, won by a score of 30-24, 30-22, 30-23. The game scores vs. JMU were 30-26, 32-30, 30-16.
      UNH (6-4) lost consecutive matches for the first time this season and the loss to JMU marked the first of 2007 at a neutral site for the Wildcats, who entered the match at 5-0 in those situations. Emmy Blouin (St. Albert, Alberta) led the team in kills in both matches and recorded a total of 24 to ascend to No. 4 on UNH’s career kills list at 1,062.



COLLEGE PARK, Md.  – 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.
     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.



BOSTON  — Senior outside hitter Emmy Blouin (St. Albert, Alberta) and sophomore setter Kate Uitti (Pinckney, Mich.) of the University of New Hampshire volleyball team were selected to the BC/NU Challenge All-Tournament Team as announced Tuesday.
     Blouin played in three of the four tourney matches and recorded 49 kills (4.45 per game) on a .234 hitting percentage. She also contributed totals of 28 digs, four blocks, four service aces and three assists. Uitti was the primary setter in the four matches and tallied a total of 151 assists, including a high of 48 at Boston College, to average 11.62 in 13 games played. Uitti also contributed 30 digs, six blocks, three service aces and nine kills.



CAMBRIDGE, Mass.  – Kate Uitti (Pinckney, Mich.), a sophomore tri-captain on the University of New Hampshire volleyball team, was named Setter of the Week by America East on Tuesday. This past weekend she was named to the BC/NU Challenge All-Tournament Team for her efforts in those four matches.
      Uitti, as the primary setter, guided UNH to a 5-2 record – the team’s best start since 1997 and included the Wildcats’ first 4-0 start since 1975 – by compiling 237 assists for an average of 11.29 in 21 games. That average ranks third best in the conference and the Wildcats have a league-best .256 team hitting percentage in large part due to Uitti guiding the attack.



BOSTONEmmy 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.
      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.



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    CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. – Senior outside hitter Emmy Blouin (St. Albert, Alberta) tallied a match-high 19 kills in the 3-1 loss to ACC foe Boston College on Friday morning at Power Gym in the second match of the BC/NU Tournament. The game scores were 30-23, 21-30, 27-30 and 24-30.
    With the loss, the Wildcats drop to 4-1 overall on the season, while BC improves its record to 3-3 on the year.
    Blouin needs only five kills to become the fifth player in school history to post 1,000 career kills along with former Wildcats Alyson Coler, Jillian Ross and sisters Erin and Jen Walker. She currently sits at 995 career kills in three plus seasons in Durham, which included a career-high 402 kills last season.
    Sophomore outside hitter Kirsten Bates (Calgary, Alberta) also had another outstanding performance with 17 kills, a .400 hitting percentage and 11 digs in the losing cause. Senior tri-captain Toni Barnas (Cary, Ill.) also chipped in with nine kills, while sophomore Kate Uitti (Pinckney, Mich.) quarterbacked the ‘Cat attack with 48 assists and nine digs against the Eagles.



    CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. – Senior tri-captain Toni Barnas (Cary, Ill.) amassed a match-high 13 kills, nine digs and a .579 hitting percentage to guide the University of New Hampshire volleyball team to a 3-0 victory over Sacred Heart University on Thursday afternoon at BC's Power Gym. The game scores were 30-13, 30-15 and 30-24.
    With the win over the Pioneers the Wildcats extend their record to a perfect 4-0 on the season.
    Sophomore outside hitter Kirsten Bates (Calgary, Alberta) had another strong performance in the win with 10 kills, six digs, three aces and a .429 hitting percentage. Bates currently leads the Wildcats with 48 kills on the season, averaging 3.69 kills per game and with an impressive .333 hitting percentage in four matches this season.
    Sophomore tri-captain Kate Uitti (Pinckney, Mich.) totaled 41 assists guiding the Wildcat offense, while also adding three aces, six digs and three blocks. Sophomore libero Alyse Lahti (Pepper Pike, Ohio) and senior outside hitter Jeanne Czipri (Aurora, Ill.) notched six digs apiece, while Czipri also added six kills.



    DURHAM, N.H. – Sophomore outside hitter Kirsten Bates (Calgary, Alberta) registered a match-high 19 kills to pace the University of New Hampshire volleyball team to a 3-0 exhibition win against Bentley College on Tuesday night at Lundholm Gymnasium. The game scores were 30-12, 30-28 and 30-13.
    Bates added an impressive .720 hitting percentage to go along with six digs and 20.5 points. Senior tri-captain Toni Barnas (Cary, Ill.) was the only other Wildcat to post double-digit kills with 10 and a she also hit at a .318 clip with two blocks.
    Senior middle blocker Jess Compton (Woodridge, Ill.) and sophomore Lindsay Fogarty (Pleasanton, Calif.) notched nine and seven kills respectively to go along with a perfect hitting percentage for Compton and a .545 mark for Fogarty.



    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. 
    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.



    HAMILTON, N.Y. – Sophomore middle blocker Kirsten Bates (Calgary, Alberta) tallied a match-high 13 kills leading the University of New Hampshire volleyball team to a 3-1 victory in the season opener against Colgate University on Friday night at Cotterell Court in the opening match of the Colgate Classic. The game scores were 30-23, 27-30, 30-18 and 30-24.
    Bates also chipped in with a .256 hitting percentage, seven digs and six blocks in the victory, while seniors Toni Barnas (Cary, Ill.) and Emmy Blouin (St. Albert, Alberta) notched 11 and 10 kills respectively. Senior tri-captain Jess Compton (Woodridge, Ill.) also had an outstanding all-around performance with eight kills and eight total blocks.



CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The University of New Hampshire volleyball team, led by 12th-year head coach Jill Hirschinger, was selected third in the 2007 America East Preseason Coaches Poll that was released Monday.
    UNH’s young-but-talented team in 2007 returns six starters and boasts four of last year’s America East All-Rookie Team selections, including Alyse Lahti (Pepper Pike, Ohio), who led the team in digs and points. The ‘Cats will be led by senior outside hitter Emmy Blouin (St. Albert, Alberta), whose career-high 402 kills were a team best, as well as captains Toni Barnas (Cary, Ill.), Jessica Compton (Woodridge, Ill.) and Kate Uitti (Pinckney, Mich.).



DURHAM, N.H.  – The University of New Hampshire athletic department has announced a partnership with Pack Network to provide online video streaming of UNH’s seven ticketed sports for the upcoming 2007-2008 season with UNHwildcats.TV.
     Wildcat fans are encouraged to buy the “Wildcat All-Access Pass” which is an annual subscription for $79.95 that provides not only all the live coverage of UNH home athletic events, but also premium content not available to view without the All-Access Pass. Fans can also purchase home events on a per game basis of $6.95.





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