ROCK HILL, South Carolina –Freshman Nicole Lott recorded 13 kills on the strength of a  .478 hitting percentage to lead UNCW to a 3-0 (25-12, 25-15, 25-23) sweep of The Citadel in collegiate volleyball action in the Winthrop Invitational Friday at Winthrop Coliseum.

The Seahawks improved to 9-3 as it recorded its fourth sweep of the season while the Bulldogs slipped to 2-10 on the campaign. UNCW returns to action in the Winthrop Invitational Saturday with a pair of matches. The Seahawks will face host Winthrop at 12:30 p.m. before closing out the weekend with a 4:30 p.m. match against Bethune-Cookman.

Lott, the reigning CAA Rookie-of-the-Week, was the only UNCW player to record double-digit kills as junior Morgan Kline chipped in eight and senior Courtney Porter added seven. Freshman Alyssa Desjardins dished out 21 assists and senior Haley Collins added 18 to guide a Seahawks lineup that posted a team .295 hitting percentage for the match. Sophomore Lindsay Hartmann was the only UNCW player to record double-digit digs as she led all players with 16.

Junior Ise D’Angelo and Freshman Megan Sowell tallied eight kills apiece for The Citadel. Sophomore Rachel Keefer finished with a match-high 25 assists and added 11 digs to record a double-double.

Holding an 11-8 lead in the first set, an attack error by the Bulldogs sparked the Seahawks a 14-4 run that run until the end of the frame and gave them a 25-12 victory.

UNCW carried the momentum of its first-set victory into the second frame, taking advantage of a 14-7 spurt to build a 19-10 cushion. The Citadel would cap the spurt with five of the next six points to make it a 20-15 contest, but the Seahawks rebounded by tallying the final five points of the frame to record a 25-15 triumph and take a 2-0 lead.  

In a tight third set that featured nine ties and five lead changes, UNCW trailed 22-20 when back-to-back kills from freshman Kristen Powell and Kline knotted the score at 22-all. The Bulldogs would regain the lead moments later on a spike by junior Amanda Rudnik, but the Seahawks responded with the final three points of the frame, capped by a kill from junior Leah Gagliardi, to post a 25-23 victory and take the match.