|Seahawks Power Past Blue Hens|
WILMINGTON, North Carolina – Senior Christi Laite and junior Morgan Kline recorded 13 kills apiece to lead UNCW to a 3-0 (25-17, 25-22, 25-22) victory over Delaware in Colonial Athletic Association volleyball action Sunday at Hanover Hall.
The Seahawks improved to 16-8 overall and evened their league mark at 5-5 as they picked up their eighth victory in nine tries at home this season. The Blue Hens, meanwhile, suffered their fifth straight setback to slip to 11-14 and 3-8.
Laite, Kline and freshman Nicole Lott, who joined in the duo in double figures with 12 spikes, powered a potent Seahawks offense that finished with a .301 hitting percentage (51-17-113).
Sophomore Victoria Phillips tallied 23 assists and freshman Alyssa Desjardins added 20. Senior Haley Collins tallied a match-high 15 digs while Kline added 13 for her fourth double-double of the season.
Sophomore Meredith Peacock once again led the UNCW block party, tallying six block assists to highlight a Seahawks blocking effort that finished with 10 total blocks. Freshman Kristen Powell pitched in five block assists.
Sophomores Jill Myers and Chandler Bryant notched 10 kills apiece for Delaware. Freshman Kali Funk handed out a match-high 31 assists while sophomore Ariel Shonk posted a team-best 12 digs.
UNCW cruised to a 25-17 victory in the first set, using a 14-8 spurt midway through the frame to build a 21-12 cushion on its way to the eight-point victory.
With the score tied at 18-all late in the second set, a kill by Kline ignited the Seahawks to score seven of the final 11 points of the frame and record a 25-22 victory.
In a tight third set that featured a total of nine ties and six lead changes, UNCW trailed 17-15 late in the frame before a kill by Peacock sparked the Seahawks to score five of the next six points to take a 21-18 lead. The Blue Hens would attempt to tie the match, pulling within one on three occasions, but UNCW was able to hold off the Delaware charge and post a 25-22 and earn the sweep.
UNCW returns to action Nov. 8 as it hosts Northeastern in a 7 p.m. contest. Delaware is back on the court Nov. 10 when it entertains Towson in a 1 p.m. match.