|Seahawks Tame Tigers In Finale|
TOWSON, Maryland – Senior Christi Laite recorded 12 kills to lead three players in double figures as UNCW defeated Towson, 3-1 (18-25, 25-18, 25-22, 25-15), in Colonial Athletic Association volleyball action Saturday at the SECU Arena.
The Seahawks finished the regular season with a 19-8 overall mark and an 8-6 record in league play as they secured the No. 3 seed for the 2013 CAA Volleyball Championship, scheduled for Nov. 22-24 at the North Charleston Convention Center in Charleston, S.C. The Tigers, meanwhile, moved to 10-24 and 2-12 as they saw their season come to a close.
“Once again the team showed great perseverance under pressure,” said UNCW Head Coach Amy Bambenek. “Our goal was to run a balanced attack and I felt our setters did just that. Knowing this win solidifies a No. 3 seed for us in the tournament is so gratifying after all the work the team has put in these past few years and especially this season.”
Laite did not commit an attack error in 24 total attempts to highlight a UNCW lineup that finished with a season-high .333 attack clip (53-9-132) for the match. Junior Morgan Kline and freshman Nicole Lott tallied 11 kills apiece to join Laite in double figures. Kline and Lott also added 10 digs each as both players finished with double-doubles.
Freshman Alyssa Desjardins dished out 24 assists and senior Haley Collins added 17. Sophomore Lindsay Hartmann tallied 17 digs and senior Courtney Porter pitched in a team-best six total blocks as the Seahawks finished with 11 rejections for the match.
Juniors Saitaua Iosia and Victoria Williams notched 14 and 13 kills, respectively, to lead a Towson lineup that turned in a .232 hitting percentage. Senior Dayane Van Ass joined the duo in double figures with 10 kills. Junior Paige Sekerak led all players with 31 digs while sophomore Kyana Miller notched 27 assists and junior Aimee Schubert added 24.
Towson never trailed in the opening set on its way to a 25-18 victory, opening the frame with an 11-4 run to cruise to the seven-point win.
UNCW would rally for a 25-18 victory in the second set, breaking open a 6-all tie with a 10-4 spurt before using an 8-5 stretch to close the frame and even the match at 1-all.
Holding a 22-20 lead late in the third set, UNCW used a pair of kills by Laite and a spike by Porter to score three of the next five points as it recorded a 25-22 decision and took a 2-1 lead.
The two teams would battle back-and-forth early in the fourth set until a service error by the Tigers broke a 12-all deadlock and sparked a 12-3 run that closed out the frame and gave the Seahawks a 25-15 triumph and the match.