Volleyball Preview: Georgia State
Courtesy: UNCW Athletic Communications
WILMINGTON, North Carolina - Following a brief three-match road trip, the Seahawks return home Saturday to host Georgia State in a 2 p.m. Colonial Athletic Association matinee at Hanover Hall.
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Saturday's match will also serve as part of the team's involvement in the "Dig For The Cure" initiative to support breast cancer research during the month of October, which is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. The team will wear pink warm-up shirts prior to the match and fans will be able to purchase similar shirts for $10, with all proceeds going to the American Cancer Society.
The Seahawks (9-13; 2-3 CAA) are back home after a second straight come-from-behind road victory, a 3-2 triumph at The Citadel on Tuesday in their final non-conference match of the season.
Sophomore Christi Laite tallied 14 kills versus the Bulldogs to pace a balanced UNCW attack that saw five players record seven or more kills in the match. Laite currently leads the team and ranks seventh in the league in kills per set (3.32).
Senior Kelsey Bendig also had a solid match against The Citadel, dishing out 31 assists and adding 10 digs for her sixth double-double of the season. Bendig enters Saturday's match needing just 11 more assists to become just the fifth player in program history to reach the 2,000-assist plateau.
Georgia State (9-13; 3-2 CAA) enters the weekend part of a four-way tie for second place in the CAA standings, one game behind first-place James Madison.
Senior Muki Kangwa continues to pace the Panthers attack, ranking second among all league players in kills per set (3.89). Preseason Player-of-the-Year selection Vineece Verdun serves as the team's most effective attacker with a .333 hitting percentage that has her ranked third in the league in that category.
Junior Jamiee Freeman leads the CAA in service aces per set (.043) and also finds herself among the league's best defenders, ranking 10th in the league with a 3.72 digs per set clip.
The two sides are meeting for the second time this season. GSU won the first meeting, the conference opener for both programs, in straight sets on Sept. 24 in Atlanta.
UNCW returns to the road next weekend as it travels to Towson (Oct.21) and Delaware (Oct. 22) for a pair of Colonial Athletic Association matches.