|Laite Reaches Milestone In Loss To Tribe|
WILLIAMSBURG, Virginia – Senior Christi Laite became just the sixth player in program history to record 1,000 kills, but UNCW suffered a 3-2 (17-25, 22-25, 27-25, 25-20, 15-11) setback to William and Mary Friday in Colonial Athletic Association volleyball action Friday at Kaplan Arena.
The Tribe moved to 6-12 overall and evened their league mark at 1-1 while the Seahawks moved to 11-6 and 0-3.
“It was an exciting match on both sides and we made some crucial errors that let William and Mary back in the game in sets 3 and 4,” said UNCW Head Coach Amy Bambenek. “Defensively this was one of our best digging matches I have witnessed. The team fought hard and we know we will get another chance at the Tribe soon.”
Laite’s milestone kill, which came in the second set, was one of 12 spikes on the evening for the Severna Park, Md., product. She was one of three Seahawks to reach double figures as junior Morgan Kline led all players with 19 while freshman Nicole Lott added 11.
Sophomore Lindsay Hartmann pitched in a career-high 33 digs to pace a Seahawks defense that finished with 114 digs, its highest single-match team dig total since the start of rally scoring in 2001.
Freshman Nicole Lott added 28 bumps to post her first career double-double while Kline pitched in 20 digs for her third double-double of the season. Freshman Alyssa Desjardins tallied 16 digs to go along with 28 assists for her second career double-double. Senior Haley Collins notched 11 digs and added 20 assists for her first career double-double.Liz Brown tallied 13 kills and Mallory Brickerd pitched in 12 to pace a balanced Tribe lineup that saw four players record double-digit kills. Dessi Koleva notched 10 kills and added 16 digs for the double-double. Paige Lucas dished out a match-best 44 assists and Paulette Grand-Pre paced six William & Mary players in double-digit digs with 28.
UNCW cruised to a 25-17 victory in the first set, racing out to a quick 6-1 lead on its way to the eight-point victory.
With the score tied at 21-all in the second set, A Tribe attack error led the Seahawks to score four of the final five points of the frame to take a 25-21 win and build a 2-0 lead.
The Tribe extended the match with a 27-25 triumph in the third set, staving off match point on two occasions before using a Seahawk attack error and a kill by Brown to keep the match going.
In a tight fourth set that featured nine ties and five lead changes, William and Mary used an 8-3 spurt to break a 17-all tie and force a fifth set with a 25-20 decision.
The Tribe carried their momentum into the fifth set, taking an early 6-3 lead on its way to building a 14-10 cushion. The Seahawks would pull within three, 14-11, on a spike by senior Courtney Porter, but a kill by Koleva would give the Tribe a 15-11 victory and the match.
UNCW is back in action Sunday as it faces James Madison in a 1 p.m. match. William & Mary is back on the court Saturday as it hosts the College of Charleston in a 7 p.m. contest.