Set Scores (NU-UNCW): 25-23, 20-25, 21-25, 25-21, 22-20

WILMINGTON, North Carolina – Northeastern’s Kelly Bacon held game-high honors with 24 kills and UNCW’s Christi Laite had 22, as the Huskies edged the Seahawks, 3-2, in a thrilling Colonial Athletic Association volleyball match on Friday at Hanover Hall.

The Huskies improved to 16-9 overall and 8-3 in the league with the road win. The Seahawks, who dropped just their second home match of the season, fell to 16-9 and 5-6.

The match featured 31 ties, including 10 in the fifth and decisive set, and 13 lead changes. In the fifth set, NU held off the Seahawks, 22-20, to win the match.

In set five, the Huskies built a pair of three-point leads before the teams would trade sides with NU leading, 8-5. Leah Gagliardi came off the bench with UNCW down one and tied the set at 13-all with a kill off a feed from libero Haley Collins. UNCW faced NU game-point on six occasions, but managed to tie the set on five occasions.

In the opening set, the Seahawks rallied from a five-point deficit to drawn even at 16-all following a kill from Laite. UNCW went in front, 18-16, moments later following a pair of NU hitting errors. With the score tied at 21-all, Jamie Bredahl second kill of the set gave the Huskies a 22-21 lead they wouldn’t surrender.

UNCW then captured the next two sets to take the lead. In the second set, the Seahawks jumped out early to a 4-1 lead, but NU eventually drew even and grabbed an 11-9 lead on a kill from Hanna Gibeau. Nicole Lott would give the Seahawks the lead for good with a kill to make it 15-14. UNCW expanded the lead to five, 20-15, on a NU hitting error.

In set three, a solo block from Lott ignited a quick burst that included a pair of NU hitting errors to give UNCW a 15-14 advantage. NU again drew even at 16-all following a Bacon kill, but UNCW’s Kristin Powell restored the lead with first of her two kills in the set.

With the Seahawks looking to close out a possible victory, NU got out to a fast lead and claimed the fourth set, 25-21. Bacon led NU with five kills in the set.

Joining Bacon in double-digit kills were Bredhal with 14 and Nicole Kurz added 12. Bredahl and Ina Kamenova collected 35 and 31 assists, respectively.

Kline added 13 kills for the Seahawks and Lott chipped in 12. Victoria Phillips (27), Alyssa Desjardins (18) and Collins (10) combined for 55 of UNCW’s 59 assists.

Dejardins held team-high honors with 16 digs and Courtney Porter added eight block assists.

UNCW closes out its home schedule on Nov. 10, with a 1 p.m. start against visiting Hofstra. Sunday will also serve as Senior Day for the Seahawks.