WILMINGTON, North Carolina – Led by a season-high 19 kills from junior Morgan Kline, the UNCW volleyball team recorded a 3-1 (22-25, 25-20, 25-23, 25-20) victory over Western Carolina in the Hilton Garden Inn Mayfaire UNCW Volleyball Classic Saturday at Hanover Hall.

The Seahawks improved to 7-2 on the season as they picked up their third victory of the weekend. The Catamounts, meanwhile, moved to 8-4 overall as they finished the Hilton Garden Inn Mayfaire UNCW Volleyball Classic with a 2-1 record. UNCW closes out its home tournament Sunday with a 10:30 a.m. match against Mercer.

Kline was one of three Seahawks to record double-digit kills as senior Christi Laite chipped in 15 and freshman Nicole Lott pitched in a season-best 10 spikes. Sophomore Victoria Phillips dished out 27 assists and freshman Alyssa Desjardins added 22 to guide the Seahawks lineup to 65 kills and .288 team hitting percentage.

Defensively, senior Haley Collins tallied a match-best 24 digs while Phillips added 12 to post her fourth double-double of the season.

Juniors Jordan Timmermann and Caitlin Piechota notched 16 and 10 kills, respectively, to power a Western Carolina attack that teamed up to tally 51 kills and a .223 attack clip. Senior Morgan Cochran led all players with 30 digs while Piechota pitched 16 bumps to post the double-double.

Western Carolina took the first set, 25-22, scoring eight of 12 points midway through the frame to break a 12-all tie and build a 20-16 advantage on its way to the three-point victory.

In the second set, UNCW grabbed a 20-14 lead only to see the Catamounts respond with six of the next seven points to trim the Seahawks advantage to one, 21-20. UNCW would keep Western Carolina from getting any closer; using a Catamounts service error, two service aces from sophomore Lindsay Hartmann and a kill from Kline to post a 25-20 victory.

The third set once again saw UNCW stave off a Western Carolina rally. The Seahawks took a 22-16 lead before the Catamounts rattled off seven of the next nine points to pull within one, 24-23. Kline would again thwart Western Carolina’s comeback attempt, recording a kill to give UNCW a 25-23 victory and a 2-1 edge in the match.

Leading 14-13 in the fourth set, a kill by sophomore Meredith Peacock sent the Seahawks on a 7-3 spurt that put them in front, 21-16. UNCW would keep the Catamounts from drawing any closer, maintaining at least a four-point cushion on its way to a 25-20 decision.