WILMINGTON, North Carolina – The UNCW volleyball team closes out the home portion of its 2013 schedule this weekend as it hosts Northeastern and Hofstra in a pair of Colonial Athletic Association matches at Hanover Hall.

The Seahawks (16-8; 5-5 CAA) open the weekend Friday with a 7 p.m. match against the Huskies (15-9; 7-3 CAA) before closing out the weekend Sunday with a 1 p.m. matinee against the Pride (15-9; 7-3 CAA). Sunday’s contest will also serve as the team’s senior day, with the program honoring senior student-athletes Haley Collins, Christi Laite, Courtney Porter and Siera Young prior to the start of the match.

With only four matches remaining in the regular season, the Seahawks find themselves in the midst of a highly-contested battle to qualify for the upcoming CAA Volleyball Championship. Currently tied with Hofstra for fourth place in the league standings, the Seahawks find themselves just two games back of second-place Northeastern and two games in front of Delaware for the sixth and final playoff spot.

UNCW swept both of its home matches last weekend as it defeated Towson and Delaware to even its league mark at 5-5. Freshman Nicole Lott, named CAA Rookie-of-the-Week for the third time this season on Monday, notched 4.67 kills per set and Laite averaged 4.17 spikes per frame to highlight a UNCW attack that averaged 16.3 kills per frame. Lott also posted a .444 hitting percentage and junior Morgan Kline posted a .347 attack clip as UNCW fashioned a hitting percentage above .300 in both matches. Sophomore Meredith Peacock recorded 13 total blocks (two solo) to power a Seahawks blocking effort that averaged 3.83 blocks per frame to garner CAA Co-Defensive Player-of-the-Week honors on Monday.

UNCW looks to cap one of the most successful seasons on its home floor in program history, having posting an 8-1 record at Hanover Hall this season and already matching its highest single-season home win total in program history. Six of the Seahawks’ eight home victories this season have been by way of sweep, including each of their past four outings at Hanover Hall.

With just four matches remaining on its regular season schedule, Northeastern enters Friday’s match holding a one-match lead over William & Mary for second place in the league standings. Senior Kelly Bacon powers a balanced Huskies lineup that ranks third in the league in kills per set (12.78) with a 3.38 kills per frame clip, good for third in the league in that category. Junior Natalia Skiba continues to shore up the team’s defensive efforts, leading the CAA and ranking fifth in the nation in digs per frame (5.81).

In the midst of a four-match road trip, Hofstra looks to return to the win column after opening its road swing with setbacks at James Madison and William & Mary last weekend. The Pride open their southern road swing Friday with a match at league-leading College of Charleston.  Junior Kelsie Wills remains the most feared hitter in the Colonial Athletic Association, averaging a league-best 4.32 kills per frame to rank 21st in the nation in that category. Defensively, freshman Sophia Black sits seventh in the league in digs per frame (3.36) while junior Nuria Lopes da Silva is sixth in blocks per set (1.06).

UNCW completes its regular season schedule next weekend with CAA matches at Delaware (Nov. 15) and Towson (Nov. 16).