WILMINGTON, North Carolina – Senior Christi Laite and junior Morgan Kline tallied six kills apiece to lead UNCW to a 3-0 (25-16, 25-15, 25-21) sweep of visiting Mercer in the final match of the Hilton Garden Inn Mayfaire UNCW Volleyball Classic Sunday at Hanover Hall.

The Seahawks improved to 8-2 on the season as they finished the weekend with a perfect 4-0 record. The Bears, meanwhile, slipped to 1-9 overall. UNCW returns to action Wednesday as they travel to Buies Creek for a 7 p.m. match against long-time foe Campbell.

Laite and Kline paced a balanced Seahawks lineup that saw 10 different players record at least one kill as UNCW finished the match with 34 spikes and a .256 team hitting percentage. Both Laite and Kline were named to the All-Tournament Team, with Kline taking home MVP accolades. Freshman Alyssa Desjardins tallied 13 assists and sophomore Meredith Peacock added 11. Freshman Nicole Lott led the team with eight digs.

Junior Caroline Carlton recorded a match-high nine kills to lead Mercer, who was limited to a .070 hitting percentage for the contest. Senior Carly Iannarino dished out a match-high 26 assists for the Bears while sophomore Molly Locke led all players with 14 digs.

Leading 6-5 early in the first set, a Mercer service error sent the Seahawks on a 10-4 spurt that would give UNCW a 16-9 advantage. The Bears would respond with four unanswered points to pull within three, 16-13, but another Mercer miscue allowed UNCW to finish the frame on a 9-3 run and take the opening set, 25-16.

UNCW carried its opening-frame momentum into the second set, building a quick 10-4 cushion as it cruised to a 25-15 triumph and a 2-0 lead.

Mercer would test the Seahawks in a tight third set that saw a total of 10 ties and two lead changes, taking an 11-8 lead only to see UNCW battle back with a eight of the next 11 points to go in front, 16-13. The Bears tied the frame moments later at 16-all and the two sides would trade points until, with the score tied at 20-20, a Mercer service error sparked the Seahawks to score five the final six points of the frame to record a 25-21 decision and take the match.

Hilton Garden Inn Mayfaire UNCW Volleyball Classic All-Tournament Team

Morgan Cochran - Western Carolina

Carly Iannarino - Mercer

Christi Laite - UNCW

Aleena McDaniel - North Carolina A&T

Anna Moore - UNC Asheville

Hilton Garden Inn Mayfaire UNCW Volleyball Classic Tournament MVP

Morgan Kline – UNCW