|Camels Snap Volleyball Winning Streak|
BUIES CREEK, North Carolina – Senior Christi Laite and junior Morgan Kline combined to record 29 kills, but UNCW fell at Campbell, 3-2 (25-17, 22-25, 25-11, 21-25, 16-14), in collegiate volleyball action Wednesday at the Pope Convocation Center.
The Camels improved to 8-4 on the season with the five-set victory while the Seahawks moved to 8-3 overall as they saw their four-match winning streak halted.
“That was a heartbreaking loss after having match point in the fifth set,” said UNCW Head Coach Amy Bambenek. “Our hitters adjusted well to a setter change, but our serve receive broke down when the score was tight. Lindsay (Hartmann) and Alyssa (Desjardins) played great defense and we had strong performances from multiple hitters.”
Laite tallied 16 kills and Kline added 13 for UNCW, who combined to tally 54 kills and a .185 hitting percentage for the match. Freshman Alyssa Desjardins dished out 23 assists and senior Haley Collins added 18 as she filled in at the setter position for injured sophomore Victoria Phillips. Defensively, sophomore Lindsay Hartmann tallied a career-high 27 digs while Desjardins added 19 as she recorded her first career double-double.
Alexis Hein notched 15 kills to lead three Campbell players in double figures as Junior Jessica Groen notched 13 spikes and senior Lindsey Coats added 10. Senior Heather Wilson led all players with 47 assists while sophomore Mary Crema paced three Camel players in double-figure digs with 24.
With the score tied at 7-all early in the first set, an attack error by the Camels sparked the Seahawks to a 9-4 run that gave them a 16-11 advantage. Campbell would pull within three, 18-15, before UNCW rattled off seven of the final nine points to record a 25-17 victory and a 1-0 lead.
The Camels rallied for a 25-22 win in the second set, using a 9-2 run to build a 20-13 cushion and holding off a late Seahawks rally for the three-point victory.
Campbell rattled 10 unanswered points midway through the third set to stretch a 9-7 margin into a 19-7 cushion as the Camels cruised to a 25-11 triumph and a 2-1 advantage in the match.
In a back-and-forth third set that featured 14 ties and eight lead changes, the two sides were tied at 17-all when a kill by Kline ignited UNCW to score four unanswered points and build a 21-17 advantage. The Camels would stave off match point on three occasions later in the frame to pull within three, but an attack error gave UNCW a 25-21 victory and forced a fifth set.
The two sides continued to trade points in the fifth set as the teams would play through nine ties and four lead changes during the decisive frame. With the score deadlocked at 12-all, an attack error and kill by sophomore Meredith Peacock gave UNCW a 14-12 lead and put the Seahawks within a point of victory. Campbell would respond, however, scoring four unanswered points to post a 16-14 victory and take the match.
Both teams return to action Friday. UNCW opens the Winthrop Invitational with a 4 p.m. match against The Citadel while Campbell begins the James Madison Invitational with a 5 p.m. match versus Cleveland State.