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.
Starsha Tunstall
East Providence, R.I.
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.

Acres, a 6-0 outside hitter, competed for the storied Mira Costa High School volleyball program under coach Lisa Zimmerman. In 2007, Acres helped guide her team to divisional and state championships, while her team was ranked first in the nation for much of the year. For the past three years, (2004-06) Acres was named to the SCVA Youth High Performance team and held an AA rating in beach volleyball.

Dick, a 6-3 middle blocker, played for head coach Jodiene Schaber at the Lethbridge Collegiate Insitute. In 2007, Dick registered 48 aces in 263 serves (81.17%), 66 blocks, 176 kills and 49 digs. She was named to Team Alberta in 2004 and 2005, while being a member of the Canada Prospects team in 2006 and 2007. Dick also earned a selection on the All-Star Team this past season.

Dorch, a 6-0 outside hitter, played at Friendswood High School under coach Jerry Lynch. In 2007, Dorch notched 383 kills and posted a school-record .523 hitting percentage. She also recorded 82 digs and 118 blocks, while her match highs included 22 kills and 10 blocks. In 2004 and 2005, Dorch was named to the Texas Region 3 All-District team with an All-State selection in 2006. In 2006, Dorch also earned a place on the Northwest All-Tournament team.

Dressing, a 6-1 outside hitter, played at Watchung Hills High School for head coach Steve Fenton. During her senior season, Dressing helped lead the team to the state semifinals. She finished her career with a number of program records including career kills (641), single-game kill record (16) and led the team in kills in each of the last three seasons.

Keding, a 5-11 outside hitter, played for Chris Cooper at Glenbrook North High School. She led the team in kills in her junior and senior seasons and was second on the team in digs, assists, aces and blocks in 2007. Keding led the Spartans to the conference and regional championships in 2007 and was the team’s most valuable player in 2006 and 2007. In addition, Keding was recognized as an Illinois State Scholar presented to the top 10 percent of students in the state.

Laquerre, a 5-9 outside hitter, played for Doug Oxford at Concord High School. In 54 games for the Tide in 2007, she posted 346 kills and 187 digs with 61 blocks and 40 aces. During her senior season, Laquerre was named the NHIAA Division I Player of the Year, Gatorade Player of the Year and earned that same accolade from the Concord Monitor and Nashua Telegraph.  

Tunstall, a 5-10 middle blocker, played at East Providence High School for coach Alex Butler. Tunstall helped lead East Providence to the Rhode Island Division I state championship in 2005 and to a championship appearance in 2006. East Providence also competed in the title game in 2007.

"Our 2008 recruiting class is one of the most talented groups we have ever brought to our program,” Head Coach Jill Hirschinger said. “We will not only add a great amount of depth, but also a tremendous amount of skill and potential.  Bringing in players from nationally ranked teams in the country and with incredible athleticism makes me very excited to work with the team, both our returning players and these seven new Wildcats."
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