CHARLESTON, South CarolinaChristi Laite recorded 15 kills and the Seahawks totaled 15 blocks as third-seeded UNCW advanced to the semifinals of the Colonial Athletic Association championship tournament with a 3-1 win over sixth-seeded William & Mary on Friday at the North Charleston Convention Center.

The Seahawks improved to 20-9 with the win while the Tribe concluded its season with an 11-21 mark. UNCW also halted a nine-match losing skid to W&M in conference tournament play. The Seahawks will take on second-seed Northeastern at 4 p.m. on Saturday.

Leading the Seahawk charge at the net was Meredith Peacock with 10 blocks. She entered the match ranked 10th nationally in blocks with 1.49 per set. Teammates Courtney Porter, Nicole Lott and Laite each added five blocks on the evening as UNCW built a 15-6 advantage at the net.

In the fourth set, UNCW held a 23-19 lead before the Tribe rattled off four of the next five points to draw even on a kill from Michelle Heath. Tribe then sent a serve long and Leah Gagliardi ended the match with a kill off a feed from Alyssa Desjardins.

The Seahawks hit a combined .246 (49-15-128) on the match while limiting the Tribe to a .040 hitting average.

Peacock collected seven kills in 16 attacks (.438) and no hitting errors. Porter and Morgan Kline added nine and eight kills, respectively.

Paulette Grand Pre led W&M with 10 kills.

Defensively, UNCW’s Haley Collins and W&M’s Celine Alasomuka shared match-high honors with 19 digs.

UNCW’s Victoria Phillips fashioned a double-double of a match-high 26 assists and 17 digs.