WILMINGTON, North Carolina – Senior Christi Laite recorded a team-high 12 kills to lead UNCW to a 3-0 (26-24, 25-20, 25-16) sweep of James Madison in Colonial Athletic Association volleyball action Friday at Hanover Hall.

The Seahawks improved to 13-7 overall and 2-4 in CAA play as they claimed the season series from the Dukes, who moved to 8-11 and 3-3 with the setback.

Laite committed just three attack errors in 21 attempts for a .429 hitting percentage to lead a balanced UNCW attack that saw nine players record at least one kill in the match. Sophomore Victoria Phillips tallied 17 assists while freshman Alyssa Desjardins notched 12 assists and added 14 digs for her fourth double-double of the season. Senior Haley Collins chipped in 13 digs and tallied a team-high four service aces as the Seahawks recorded 11 service aces during the contest. Sophomore Meredith Peacock paced the Seahawks’ blocked efforts, finishing with eight total blocks (one solo).

Reigning CAA Rookie-of-the-Week Janey Goodman tallied a match-best 13 kills and fellow freshman Kate Whitmore chipped in 10 for JMU, who was limited to a .107 hitting percentage for the match. Redshirt junior Kristi Richardson tallied 16 assists and sophomore Sarah Patterson added 15. Sophomore MacKenzie Kleespies paced all players with 19 digs while sophomore Megan Niski added 14.

UNCW rallied to take the first set, 26-24, scoring the final three points of the frame to take the set moments after JMU finished an 11-3 run that allowed the Dukes to overcome a 20-13 deficit and force set point.  

The Seahawks once again raced out to an early lead in the second set, jumping out to a 14-4 edge, only to again see JMU battle back with a 6-2 spurt to pull within three, 22-19. UNCW kept the Dukes from drawing any closer, scoring three of the final four points of the frame to take a 25-20 decision and a 2-0 lead.

The third set once again saw the Seahawks benefit from a quick start, this time building a 12-4 cushion before JMU battled back with eight of the next 10 points to make it a 14-12 contest. UNCW would pull away from there, using a kill by Laite to spark an 11-4 run that would give the Seahawks a 25-16 triumph and the sweep.

Both teams return to action Sunday. UNCW hosts William & Mary while JMU travels to the College of Charleston. Start time for both matches is set for 1 p.m.