WILMINGTON, North Carolina – The UNCW volleyball team begins a four-match homestand this weekend with a pair of critical Colonial Athletic Association matches against Delaware and Towson.

The Seahawks (14-8; 3-5 CAA) open the weekend Friday with a 7 p.m. contest versus the Tigers (8-20; 1-8 CAA) before wrapping up the two-match set Sunday with a 1 p.m. matinee against the Blue Hens (11-12; 3-6 CAA).

With just six matches remaining on the regular season schedule, UNCW sits a half-game in front of the Blue Hens and just two games ahead of the Tigers for the sixth and final spot in the CAA Tournament.  The Seahawks will face both teams again when it squares off against the two squads on road during the final weekend of the regular season (Nov. 15-16).  

UNCW returns to Hanover Hall after suffering a 3-0 setback at league-leading College of Charleston on Oct. 26. Sophomore Meredith Peacock paced the Seahawks against the Cougars; finishing with 11 total blocks (two solo), seven kills and a .438 hitting percentage.  Peacock’s 11 rejections against CofC helped vault the Charlotte, N.C., product into fifth place nationally in blocks per set (1.53) while UNCW moved up to 20th among all programs in that category (2.76).

The Seahawks have enjoyed plenty of success on their home floor this season as they are 6-1 at Hanover Hall during the 2013 campaign. Four of UNCW’s six home victories this season have been by way of a sweep.

Under the guidance of first-year head coach Don Metil, Towson enters the weekend looking to play itself back into postseason contention after picking up its first conference victory of the season last weekend versus James Madison. Saitaua Iosia has paced the Tigers attack this season, ranking seventh in the league in kills per set (3.05). Paige Sekerak and Lindsay Flaherty have highlighted the team’s defensive efforts, with Sekerak sitting third in the league in digs per frame (4.02) and Flaherty leading the squad in blocks per frame (0.94).

Delaware, meanwhile, eyes a return to the win column after falling in a pair of home contests to both the Dukes and William & Mary last weekend. Katie Hillman leads the Blue Hens attack, averaging 3.30 kills per frame to rank fourth in the league in that category while setter MacKenzie Olsen leads the circuit in assists per frame (9.64). Ariel Shonk has been one of the top defensive players in the league this season, averaging 5.65 digs per frame to rank second in the league and sixth in the nation in that category.

UNCW wraps up the home portion of its 2013 schedule next weekend as it faces Hofstra (Nov. 8) and Northeastern (Nov. 10) in league action at Hanover Hall.