UNCW Defeats JMU To Extend Win Streak
Courtesy: UNCW Athletic Communications
WILMINGTON, North Carolina - Junior Christi Laite and sophomore Morgan Kline recorded 16 kills apiece to lead UNCW to a 3-1 (25-20, 27-25, 21-25, 25-21) victory over James Madison in Colonial Athletic Association volleyball action Sunday at Hanover Hall.
The Seahawks improved to 11-14 overall and 3-6 in CAA play as they won their fourth straight contest. The Dukes, meanwhile, slipped to 11-13 and 4-5.
Laite and Kline teamed up to power a balanced UNCW attack that combined for 58 kills and a .208 hitting percentage for the match. Junior Siera Young pitched in seven kills while sophomore McKenzie Keightley added six. Freshman Victoria Phillips dished out 28 assists and added a career-high 23 digs to post her fifth straight double-double and her sixth of the season. Junior Haley Collins tallied a team-high 24 digs and Kline added 12 bumps to post her team-leading ninth double-double of the campaign.
Senior Danielle Erb tallied 14 kills and sophomore Lizzy Briones pitched in 13 for JMU, who finished the afternoon with 58 kills and a .205 hitting percentage. Freshman MacKenzie Kleespies joined Erb and Briones in double figures with 11 spikes and added a team-best 22 digs to post a double-double. Erb added 12 digs to finish with a double-double of her own while senior Megan Wiechmann and freshman Meghan NIski joined Erb and Kleespies in double-figure digs with 11 and 10 bumps, respectively.
The second set was a back-and-forth contest that featured a total of 11 ties and six lead changes. With UNCW and JMU tied at 25-all, an attack error by the Dukes and a kill by Laite propelled the Seahawks to a 27-25 triumph and a 2-0 advantage.
The two sides were tied at 9-all in the third set when a spike by Niski ignited a 9-4 spurt that allowed JMU to build an 18-13 advantage. The Seahawks would get within one later in the frame, 21-20, but the Dukes would tally four of the last five points of the frame to post a 25-20 triumph.
The fourth set was another tight affair as the two sides battled through 13 ties and five lead changes until a kill by Kline with the score deadlocked at 16-all led to three unanswered points and a 19-16 advantage for UNCW. The Dukes got within two moments later, 22-20, but a spike by Laite led the Seahawks to three straight points, a 25-20 victory and the match.
UNCW returns to action Nov. 3 with a 1 p.m. match against Hofstra at Hanover Hall. JMU is back on the court Nov. 2 as it entertains George Mason in a 7 p.m. contest.