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Volleyball Preview: Campbell

Courtesy: UNCW Athletic Communications  
Release: 08/27/2012
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The UNCW volleyball team concludes its season-opening homestand Tuesday as it takes on state foe Campbell in a 7 p.m. match at Hanover Hall
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The UNCW volleyball team concludes its season-opening homestand Tuesday as it takes on state foe Campbell in a 7 p.m. match at Hanover Hall

WILMINGTON, North Carolina - The UNCW volleyball team concludes its season-opening homestand Tuesday as it takes on state foe Campbell in a 7 p.m. match at Hanover Hall.

Staying Connected
Live stats are available for Tuesday's match and can be accessed by clicking here ... Fans can also keep up with the volleyball program by checking out the team's Facebook (UNCWsports) and Twitter (@SeahawkVB) accounts or the department's Facebook (UNCWsports) and Twitter (@UNCWAthletics) pages.

Seahawk Notes
UNCW opened the 2012 season at home last weekend with a 2-1 finish in the Courtyard Wilmington Beach Bash ... The Seahawks opened the tournament with sweeps of High Point and Delaware State, but fell to tournament champion LIU Brooklyn, 3-1, in the tournament finale ... Sophomore Morgan Kline and junior Christi Laite paced the Seahawks attack, averaging  3.71 and 3.50 kills per set, respectively ... Sophomore McKenzie Keightley was the squad's most effective attacker, posting a team-best .480 hitting percentage as she posting 16 kills with one just one error in 25 total attempts ... Senior Natalie LaHaie and freshman Victoria Phillips split setting duties during the Beach Bash ... LaHaie averaged a team-high 7.75 assists per frame while Phillips fashioned a 6.17 assists per set clip ... Defensively, junior Haley Collins notched a team-best 3.71 digs per frame and freshman Lindsay Hartmann 2.78 bumps per set in her first collegiate tournament ... Freshman Meredith Peacock had a strong opening weekend at the net, averaging a team-best 1.17 blocks per set in her collegiate debut  ...  Hartmann and Keightley were both named to the All-Tournament Team at the conclusion of the tournament.

Scouting Campbell
Campbell opened the 2012 season with a 2-1 result at the East Carolina Classic ... The Camels defeated the host Pirates in five sets in their season opener and closed out the tournament with a sweep of Bethune Cookman, but suffered a 3-0 defeat at the hands of Charlotte in their second match to miss out on an opportunity to claim the tournament title ... Sophomore Jessica Groen, named to the All-Tournament Team at the East Carolina Classic, averaged 2.91 kills per set to pace the Camels attack during the opening weekend ... Fellow All-Tournament Team selection junior Lindsay Coats was the team's most efficient hitter at the event, turning in a .340 attack percentage in 53 total attempts ... Coats has also played a key role in the team's defensive efforts, averaging 1.55 blocks per set ... Freshman libero Lauren Bewick led the team in digs per set (3.18).

Series Notes
Tuesday's contest marks the 43rd meeting between the two rivals in a series that dates back to the 1986 season ... The two programs have met on the court in all but three seasons (1989, 2002, 2009) since the start of the series ... The Seahawks hold a 28-14 advantage in previous meetings and have enjoyed the edge of late, winning six of the last eight matchups ... The Camels did snap the Seahawks three-match winning streak in their most recent meeting, a 3-0 triumph in Buies Creek last September ... UNCW holds a 14-5 record in home matches against the Camels and has won each of the last four meetings between the two programs at Hanover Hall ... The Seahawks last loss at home to the Camels came in a 3-0 setback on Nov. 6, 2000.

Bendig Returns To Hanover Hall
Seahawk fans will see a familiar face on the Campbell sideline Tuesday as former UNCW setter Kelsey Bendig is in her first season as a graduate assistant with the Camels program ... Bendig spent four seasons in the Port City (2008-11) and took part in 109 matches during her career, averaging 6.10 assists, 1.71 digs and 0.24 blocks per set ... She finished her career fourth on the program's all-time assists chart (2,146) and ninth in assists per set.  

Seahawks Hit On All Cylinders Against Hornets
UNCW turned in one of its best hitting performances in recent memory in its 3-0 victory against Delaware State last Saturday at the Courtyard Wilmington Beach Bash, combining to record 47 kills and just 15 errors in 86 total attempts for a .372 attack percentage in the three-match sweep ... The performance represented the best single-match hitting percentage for a UNCW lineup since Sept. 12, 2003, when UNCW finished with 53 kills and only 15 attack errors in 98 total attempts for a .388 attack clip in a 3-0 win over Grambling State.

Record Watch
Setter Natalie LaHaie begins the second week of the season with 1,090 assists, good for 12th place on the program's all-time list ... She enters the week needing just 54 assists to match former setter Lacey White (2003-04) for 10th place ... Junior libero Haley Collins enters her junior campaign with 860 career digs, good for 12th place on the program's career chart ... Collins opens the week just 73 digs shy of matching Heather Kimble (1987-90) for 10th place.

Laite Named To CAA Preseason Squad
UNCW junior right side hitter Christi Laite was named to the Preseason All-CAA Volleyball Team on Aug. 21 ... A Second-Team All-CAA and NCCSIA All-State Team selection in 2011, Laite played in 29 matches for the Seahawks last season and ranked sixth in the league in kills per set (3.28) while pacing the squad in attack percentage (.233) ... She also pitched 83 total blocks and 27 service aces to finish the season fifth in the league in points per frame (3.92) ... Defensively, the Severna Park, Md., product averaged 1.42 digs per set as she recorded three double-doubles during her sophomore campaign.

Around The Colonial Athletic Association
The Colonial Athletic Association enjoyed a solid opening weekend with all nine teams combining to post an overall record of 16-11 ... Three teams - Hofstra, Northeastern and Towson - all finished the opening weekend with undefeated records ... Both Hofstra and Towson opened the season with four victories apiece while Northeastern picked up three wins in its first weekend of competition... Hofstra's Kelsie Wills (Offensive), Northeastern's Natalia Skiba (Defensive) and James Madison's Meghan Nisk (Rookie) were the recipients of the league's inaugural weekly awards on Monday.

Up Next
UNCW begins a 10-match road swing this weekend as it takes part in the Deacon Invitational in Winston-Salem, N.C. ... The Seahawks begin the two-day event Friday with a 7 p.m. match against host Wake Forest and conclude the event Saturday with matches against Winthrop (10 a.m.) and Davidson (4 p.m.).  

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