UNCW Falls Twice In Spartan Spiketacular
Courtesy: UNCW Athletic Communications
GREENSBORO, North Carolina - The UNCW volleyball team suffered a pair of losses in action in the Spartan Spiketacular at UNC Greensboro on Saturday, falling to Morehead State, 3-0 (25-16, 25-14, 25-20), in the morning before suffering a 3-1 (25-22, 25-17, 22-25, 25-17) setback to Youngstown State in the nightcap.
The Seahawks moved to 6-8 on the season with the pair of setbacks as it closed out the tournament portion of its regular-season schedule. UNCW returns to action Tuesday as it hosts The Citadel in a 6 p.m. match at Hanover Hall.
"This was certainly a frustrating weekend because we lacked consistency within our offense and defense," said UNCW Head Coach Amy Bambenek. "Playing on the road for the past three weeks has been tough and I know team is looking forward to playing at home next week."
Against Morehead State, junior Aryn Bohannon tallied 12 kills and freshman Courtney Smith pitched in a career-high 11 spikes to power an Eagles attack that finished with 42 kills and a .264 hitting percentage. Senior setter Caitlin Clark posted a double-double with a match-best 34 assists and 14 digs while junior Leslie Schellhaas tallied 11 digs.
Junior Christi Laite notched seven kills and sophomore Leah Gagliardi pitched in six for the Seahawks, who were limited to a (-.010) hitting percentage for the match. Junior Haley Collins finished with a team-high 10 digs while sophomore McKenzie Keightley notched a team-best five total blocks.
The first set saw UNCW use an 8-2 spurt early in the frame to build a 10-4 advantage, only to see MSU storm back, scoring 21 of the final 26 points of the stanza to take 25-16 victory.
The Eagles carried their momentum into the second set, grabbing a 7-3 advantage early before using a 14-7 stretch later in the frame to cruise to a 25-14 triumph.
The third set saw MSU tally eight of 12 points early on in the frame to take an 11-6 lead, only to see UNCW battle back with a 6-2 spurt to knot the score at 13-all. The two sides then proceeded to trade points until, with the score level at 16-all; a kill by Smith sparked the Eagles to five unanswered points and a 21-16 advantage. The Seahawks made one last push, using a 5-1 run to pull within two, 22-20, before the Eagles scored three straight points to post a 25-20 victory and win the match.
Versus Youngstown State, Junior Missy Hundelt tallied 19 kills and added a career-high 21 digs to power the Penguins lineup. Sophomore Alexis Egler also finished the match with a double-double as she tallied 14 kills and 14 digs. Sophomore Shannon Watson joined Hundelt and Egler in double figures with 11 kills on the strength of a match-high .400 hitting percentage. Junior Casey D'Ambrose dished out 33 assists and added seven digs.
Sophomore Sarah Fitzgerald tallied 13 kills and sophomore Morgan Kline added 12 for UNCW. Keightley chipped in nine kills and added five total blocks. Freshman Victoria Phillips dished out 27 assists and added eight digs while senior Natalie Lahaie chipped in 14 assists. Collins was the only UNCW player to reach double figures in digs for UNCW, ending the match with 17.
Trailing 20-17 late in the first set, a kill by Watson sparked Youngstown State to an 8-2 spurt that closed out the set and gave the Penguins a 25-22 victory.
Youngstown State never trailed in the second set, scoring six of the first seven points of the frame to build an early 6-1 edge before taking advantage of an 11-5 spurt to take a 20-10 lead. The Seahawks responded to the Penguins spurt, scoring five straight points to pull within five, 20-15, but Youngstown State notched five of the last seven points of the set to post a 25-17 triumph.
Trailing 16-15 midway through the third set, an attack error by the Penguins sparked the Seahawks to an 11-5 run and a 25-20 victory that extended the match.
UNCW jumped out to a 4-1 advantage early in the fourth set, only to see Youngstown State use a 9-3 spurt to take a 17-11 lead. The Seahawks ended the Penguins run with four of the next five points to trim the deficit to 18-15, but Youngstown State close the frame on a 7-2 spurt to record a 25-20 victory and win the match.