VOLLEYBALL FALLS TO ALBANY AT AMERICA EAST CHAMPIONSHIP, 3-1
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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.

Sophomore middle blocker Kirsten Bates (Calgary, Alberta) led three Wildcats in double-figure kills with 15, while seniors Toni Barnas (Cary, Ill.) and Emmy Blouin (St. Albert, Alberta) each had 12. Freshman setter Sara Heldman (Greenwood, Ind.) recorded  a team-high 23 assists, while sophomore Kate Uitti (Pinckney, Mich.) added 17. Defensively for the Wildcats, sophomore Alyse Lahti (Pepper Pike, Ohio) has 28 defensive digs, while Bates added 17.

In Game 1, the teams were tied at 16-16 before a 6-0 Great Dane run helped lead to a 14-4 run to close out the game and give Albany the early advantage. In Game 2, UNH held a lead for most of the game including a 22-15 lead. Albany went on an 8-4 run to close the gap to 26-23. Trailing 28-24, the Great Danes scored six-straight to take a 29-28 lead and went on to capture Game 2, 32-30. Game 3 went back and forth early as the teams were tied at 13-13. UNH went on a 5-0 run and never relinquished that lead in a 30-22 win. The fourth and final game was controlled by Albany in a 30-20 win.

For the Wildcats, the 19 wins is the best record since 2003 when the team went 23-12 and advanced to the NCAA Tournament. Saturday’s match was the final match for UNH’s four-player senior class Blouin, Bates, Jessica Compton (Woodridge, Ill.) and Jeanne Czipri (Aurora, Ill).
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