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A weekend of sweeps
By Patrick McClary
Monday, October 25, 2004
The losing team couldn't muster up a single win this weekend against their winning opponent. The University of New Hampshire women's volleyball team saw both ends of final scores. On Friday night, UNH took care of the University of Hartford 3-0, but on Saturday afternoon, the Northeastern Huskies were too strong for the Wildcats. They, too, fell 3-0 bringing their season record to 6-16 overall and 2-5 in America East conference action.
UNH continued Hartford's miserable trip through conference play. With the Wildcat's victory, Hartford fell to 0-7 in America East play. With the win, UNH moved into a tie for sixth in the conference with University of Maryland-Baltimore County.
In their win over Hartford, freshman Emmy Blouin continued her outstanding first year campaign and paced the Wildcats offense. She finished with a match-high 14 kills to go along with 11 digs. Senior co-captain Natasha Otte also continued her strong play with 11 kills and a .227 hitting percentage.
Sophomore Katie Weidner quarterbacked the 'Cats offense with 46 assists and helped out on defense with nine digs. Surprise, surprise, senior Jen Williams led with a match-high 13 digs to extend her career digs record.
Next up for the Wildcats were the ever-powerful Northeastern Huskies. It was a rematch of last year's America East championship where UNH took out the Huskies for their second straight conference title. Unfortunately, Northeastern got their revenge on this trip, dropping the volleyball women 3-0 with scores of 30-20, 30-21 and 30-25.
The offense struggled in the first two games for the Wildcats and saw a bit of rejuvenation in the third game, but it just wasn't enough. UNH was led by freshman Toni Barnas, junior Erin Walker and senior Otte, each posting seven kills in the loss. Walker also led the 'Cats on defense, turning in a match-high 15 digs.
Kira Baturi led the Huskies with ten kills and 14 digs. Whitney Turner and Ashley Reeves added seven and five kills, respectively.
UNH will embark on their second half of conference play starting Tuesday night when they host archrival Maine. It will be the 'Cats final game of a three-game home stand before they travel to Stony Brook in New York and to Baltimore County, Maryland this weekend.
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