WILMINGTON, North Carolina – With solid results in the Carolina Spring Volleyball Tournament and its own Sandblast Tournament, UNCW recently put the finishing touches on a strong spring exhibition season.

“I couldn’t be more pleased with the outcome of our last two spring tournaments,” said UNCW Head Coach Amy Bambenek. “As a staff we were curious to see how we would fair without our seniors this spring and it was great to see so many players rise to the occasion and play like a veteran squad.  Our players crave high level competition as they also have high expectations for our 2014 season. This was a great way to finish our spring season and I know this will only make the team more focused going into their summer training.”

At UNC Chapel Hill’s annual spring tournament on April 12, UNCW swept future Colonial Athletic Association foe Elon (25-20, 25-17) and Atlantic Coast Conference member NC State (26-24, 25-13), fell to the host Tar Heels (25-16, 25-19) and split a match with state-foe Charlotte (22-25, 25-18).

Rising senior Morgan Kline and rising sophomore Nicole Lott lead the attack with 20 (2.5 KPS) and 18 (2.25 KPS) kills, respectively, on the day. Rising junior Lindsay Hartmann had a strong defense showing with 26 total digs (5.2 DPS).

Due to weather, UNCW’s annual Sandblast Tournament was moved indoors, but the venue change did little to slow down the Seahawks as UNCW claimed the tournament title by winning all three of its matches. The Seahawks knocked off CAA counterpart William & Mary (25-15, 25-20) and Winthrop (25-20, 25-16) in straight sets before outlasting rival East Carolina (25-23, 36-38, 15-13) in a three-set thriller that saw all three frames decided by two points, including a 38-36 victory by the Pirates in the second set that extended the match to a decisive third frame.

Rising junior Meredith Peacock lead all UNCW hitters with 30 kills (4.2 KPS) and a .519 attack percentage. It was also a balanced attacked for Lott, rising senior Leah Gagliardi and rising sophomore Kristen Powell, as the trio finished with 17 kills each on the day. The defensive charge was lead by Kline, who finished with an impressive 49 digs (7.0 DPS).