|Peacock Leads Seahawks To Win Over Dukes|
HARRISONBURG, Virginia – Sophomore Meredith Peacock recorded a career-high 17 kills and added eight total blocks to lead UNCW to a 3-2 (22-25, 25-18, 16-25, 25-23, 15-8) victory over James Madison in Colonial Athletic Association volleyball action Sunday at Sinclair Gymnasium.
The Seahawks improved to 12-6 overall and 1-3 in CAA play as they halted a three-match losing skid. The Dukes, meanwhile, moved to 6-10 and 1-2 with the setback.
“I'm proud of our team for pulling out the win,” said UNCW Head Coach Amy Bambenek. “It wasn't the prettiest match, but every player worked so hard on each point. We found a great match up with Meredith and she was successful the whole match in finding kills. Defensively, it was another impressive effort on the floor and at the net.”
Peacock committed just two attack errors in 29 total attempts for a .517 hitting percentage to lead three UNCW players in double figures. Senior Christi Laite added 11 spikes and freshman Nicole Lott pitched in 10 to go along with 13 digs as she posted her second straight double-double.
Peacock also played a key role in the team’s effort at the net, helping the Seahawks post 17 total blocks. Senior Siera Young added eight total blocks while Laite and junior Leah Gagliardi pitched in six total rejections each.
Junior Morgan Kline and sophomore Lindsay Hartmann tallied 24 digs apiece to pace a UNCW defense that surpassed the 100-dig plateau for the second straight contest as it finished with 101 bumps. Freshman Alyssa Desjardins dished out 33 assists and added 15 digs while senior Haley Collins chipped in 23 assists and 12 bumps to give both players a double-double.
Junior Lizzy Briones notched 19 kills and freshman Janey Goodman added 10 for the Dukes. Junior Kristi Richardson dished out a match-best 43 assists and added 17 digs for the double-double. MacKenzie Kleespies paced five JMU players in double figures with 25 digs.
James Madison captured the first set, 25-22, using a kill by Kate Whitmire to break an 18-all tie and spark the Dukes to a 7-4 spurt that would give them the opening-set victory.
UNCW responded with a 25-18 decision in the second set, scoring 11 of 18 points midway through the frame to stretch a 9-7 lead into an 20-14 cushion on its way to the seven-point victory.
JMU took a 2-1 match lead with a 25-16 victory in the third set as a ball handling error by UNCW with the score deadlocked at 11-all ignited the Dukes to a 14-5 run and the nine-point win.
The Seahawks battled back with a 25-23 victory in the fourth set, using a 9-2 run to erase a 21-16 deficit and force a fifth set.
UNCW carried its momentum into the fifth set, taking a 7-4 lead early in the frame before closing out the set on an 8-1 run to post a 15-6 victory and take the match.
Both teams return to action Oct. 11 with league matches. UNCW hosts College of Charleston while James Madison entertains Towson. Start time for both matches is set for 7 p.m.