WILMINGTON, North Carolina – The UNCW volleyball team plays its first home match in nearly a month on Friday as it welcomes league-leading College of Charleston to Hanover Hall for a 7 p.m. Colonial Athletic Association contest.

Taking to the home floor for the first time since Sept.1 5, Friday’s match will serve as the program’s annual Molly Maid Pink Game in support of breast cancer awareness. Pink UNCW t-shirts will be on sale with all proceeds going to benefit the Pretty in Pink Foundation, which provides financial assistance and support to under-insured and un-insured North Carolinians with breast cancer

UNCW (12-6; 1-3 CAA) is back home after putting the finishing touches on its eight-match road swing last weekend with a split of its league contests at William & Mary (L 3-2) and James Madison (W 3-2).

The Seahawks had one of their best defensive weekends in recent memory, surpassing the 100-dig plateau in both matches, including a rally-scoring record 114 digs against the Tribe. Sophomore Lindsay Hartmann led the dig party for the Seahawks, averaging 5.70 digs per frame as she was recognized as CAA Defensive Player-of-the-Week on Monday.

Senior Christi Laite reached a personal milestone against William & Mary as she became just the sixth player in school history to record 1,000 kills. She also moved into sole possession of fifth place on the school’s career kills chart in the contest, surpassing former UNCW standout Lindsey Strucko during the match.

League newcomer College of Charleston (14-4; 4-0 CAA) has had no trouble adjusting to life in the CAA as it is  the only undefeated team in the league after the first two weekends of conference play. Senior Darcy Dorton leads a powerful Cougars attack that is first in the league in both kills per set (13.59) and hitting percentage (.257) with a 3.26 kills per set clip.

Head Coach Jason Kepner also benefitted from having three of the four most efficient hitters on the circuit as junior Cara Howley (.346) and senior Kerstin Koehler (.337) rank first and second in the CAA in hitting percentage while junior Sloane White (.305) sits fourth. Defensively, junior Andi Zbojniewicz is ninth in the CAA in digs per set (3.03).

Despite being only the first conference meeting for the two programs, the Seahawks and Cougars have an extensive history against each other with 19 previous meetings prior to Friday’s matchup. College of Charelston holds a 13-6 edge in the series and has won five straight from UNCW, including a 3-2 victory in their most recent matchup on Sept. 16, 2011 in Charleston.

The Seahawks complete their three-match homestand next weekend as it hosts James Madison (Oct 18) and William & Mary (Oct. 20) in a pair of Colonial Athletic Association contests.