|Seahawks Sweep Pride On Senior Day|
WILMINGTON, North Carolina – Senior Christi Laite recorded nine kills and added six total blocks to lead UNCW to a 3-0 (25-18, 25-22, 25-15) sweep of Hofstra in Colonial Athletic Association volleyball action Sunday at Hanover Hall.
The Seahawks improved to 17-9 overall and evened their league mark at 6-6 as they finished the home portion of their schedule with a 9-2 mark, the best single-season home record in program history. The Pride, meanwhile, dropped to 15-12 and 5-7 as it suffered its fourth straight setback.
Laite’s nine kills highlighted a balanced UNCW attack that combined for 25 kills and saw six different players record at least one spike during the match.
Senior Courtney Porter finished with a team-high seven block assists to team up with Laite’s six rejections as the Seahawks recorded 13.5 total blocks, including eight in the final frame.
Senior Haley Collins tallied a team-high 12 digs. Junior Morgan Kline and freshman Nicole Lott added nine bumps apiece.
Junior Kelsie Wills notched a match-high 14 spikes to lead Hofstra, who ended the match with 36 attack errors and a (-.017) hitting percentage. Sophomore Kaitlyn Krause dished out 19 assists and freshman Sophia Black led three Pride players in double digits with 18 digs.
UNCW jumped all over Hofstra in the first set, scoring nine of the first 10 points of the frame on its way to a 25-18 victory and a 1-0 lead.
In a tight second set that featured a total of seven ties and four lead changes, Hofstra held a 16-12 advantage when a Pride attack error sparked the Seahawks to an 8-2 spurt and a 20-18 lead. The two teams would trade points until, with the score tied at 22-all, a bad set by Hofstra led to the Seahawks scoring the final three points of the frame to post a 25-22 triumph and build a 2-0 cushion.
Holding an 11-8 lead in the third set, UNCW rattled off six unanswered points to spark a 12-3 run that gave them a 23-11 advantage. The Pride responded with four of the next five points to pull within nine, 24-15, but a Pride attack error gave the Seahawks a 25-15 victory and the match.
Both teams return to action Nov. 15. UNCW travels Delaware for a 4:30 p.m. matinee while Hofstra hosts William & Mary in a 7 p.m. start.