Seahawks Swept By Blue Hens Saturday
Courtesy: UNCW Athletic Communications
NEWARK, Delaware - Chelsea Lawrence recorded a match-high 10 kills and added eight total blocks to lead Delaware to a 3-0 (25-17, 25-9, 25-11) victory over UNCW in Colonial Athletic Association volleyball action Saturday at Barbara Viera Court.
The Blue Hens won their sixth straight contest and remained in a tie for first place in the league standings as they improved to 14-11 overall and 7-2 in CAA play. The Seahawks slipped to 9-16 and 2-6 with the straight sets defeat.
"Delaware played a flawless match tonight and didn't give us an inch to try and gain momentum," said UNCW Head Coach Amy Bambenek. "We struggled to with many aspects of our game, so it was hard for us to find any sort of consistency."
Lawrence did not record an attack error in 14 total attempts to finish with a .714 hitting percentage as she guided a potent Delaware lineup that combined for 35 kills and a .403 hitting percentage during the match. Junior Alissa Aiker finished with nine kills and a .400 attack clip while three players recorded five spikes apiece.
Senior Renee Tomko dished out a match-high 31 assists and Aiker notched a team-best seven digs. Lawrence's eight total blocks highlighted a Blue Hens blocking effort that finished with 11 total blocks for the evening.
Sophomore Christi Laite tallied seven kills and junior Jennifer Mallard added six for UNCW, who was limited to just 18 kills and finished with a (-.055) attack percentage for the match. Junior Natalie LaHaie dished out 16 assists while sophomore Haley Collins added a team-best six digs and Laite recorded a team-best four total blocks.
Delaware never trailed in the first set, scoring the first four points of the frame on its way to building an early 10-4 advantage. UNCW would get within five, 15-10, later in the frame, but the Blue Hens responded with seven of the next eight points to build a 22-11 cushion and cruise to a 25-17 victory.
Leading 5-4 early in the second set, Delaware used a service error by the Seahawks to start a 15-3 run that would give the Blue Hens a commanding 20-7 edge. The Blue Hens kept up the pressure, scoring five of the last seven points to post a 25-9 triumph.
Delaware continued its dominance in the third set, scoring 12 of 13 points midway through the frame to stretch a 6-5 lead into an 18-6 advantage. The Blue Hens would remain in control of the set the rest of the way, scoring seven of the final 12 points to post a 25-11 win and take the match.