WILMINGTON, North Carolina – The UNCW volleyball team opened the Hilton Garden Inn Mayfaire UNCW Volleyball Classic with victories over North Carolina A&T (25-14, 25-10, 25-13) and UNC Asheville (25-21, 26-24, 23-25, 25-22) on Friday at Hanover Hall.

The Seahawks improved to 6-2 on the season with the two victories as they made their home debut for the 2013 season. UNCW returns to action in the Hilton Garden Inn Mayfaire UNCW Volleyball Classic Saturday with a single match against Western Carolina at 7:30 p.m.

Against the Aggies, senior Christi Laite tallied eight kills to lead a balanced Seahawks attack that saw UNCW team up to hit .284 for the match. Junior Morgan Kline chipped in six kills and did not commit an attack error in 11 total attempts for a .545 attack clip. Sophomore Victoria Phillips dished out 20 assist and freshman Alyssa Desjardins pitched in 10 while Desjardins and fellow freshman Morgan Owney tallied seven digs apiece to lead the Seahawks in that category.

Sophomore Aleena McDaniel tallied five kills for A&T, who was limited to a (-.138) hitting percentage for the match. Sophomore Ashley Johnson led all players with 12 digs.

UNCW never trailed in the first set, using a 13-3 run midway through the frame to stretch an 11-10 advantage into a 24-13 cushion on its way to a 25-14 triumph.

The Seahawks carried their momentum into the second set, tallying nine of the first 10 points of the frame on their way to a 25-10 victory and a 2-0 lead.

With the score tied at 5-all early in the fourth set, a kill by senior Courtney Porter sparked the Seahawks to a 20-8 spurt that gave UNCW a 25-13 win and the match. 

Versus the Bulldogs, Kline tallied 16 kills on the strength of a .406 hitting percentage and Laite added 14 spikes to pace the Seahawks attack. Phillips dished out 25 assists and added 17 digs for her third double-double of the season while Desjardins dished out 23 helpers. Senior Haley Collins pitched in 18 digs and sophomore Meredith Peacock finished with eight kills and nine total blocks.

Sophomore Christine Lakatos notched 13 kills and senior Anna Moore tallied 11 for UNCA. Sophomore Katie Davis led all players with 40 assists and senior Rachel Wells recorded a game-high 22 digs.

UNCW posted a 25-21 victory in the opening set, tallying five of the final six points of the frame to pull away from the Bulldogs and record the four-point victory.

The Seahawks would take a back-and-forth second set that featured a total of 13 ties and four lead changes, 26-24, by using a kill from Desjardins and a Bulldog attack error to break a 24-all tie.

UNC Asheville extended the match with a 25-23 victory in the third set, but the Seahawks rebounded to capture the match with a 25-22 victory in a fourth frame that saw UNCW build a 15-9 cushion and hold off the Bulldogs the rest of the way.