Porter Paces Seahawks In Loss To Rams
Courtesy: UNCW Athletic Communications
RICHMOND, Virginia - Senior Courtney Hott recorded a team-high 11 kills and added a match-best 12 total blocks to lead VCU to a 3-1 (25-21, 20-25, 25-16, 25-15) victory over UNCW in Colonial Athletic Association Volleyball action Friday at the Siegel Center.
The Rams improved to 13-15 and evened their conference mark at 6-6 as the swept the season series against the Seahawks, who moved to 11-17 and 4-7 with the loss. Both teams return to action Saturday. UNCW is at William & Mary while VCU hosts Georgia State. Both matches are scheduled to begin at 7 p.m.
"Tonight we had a lot of trouble against VCU's block, which made it difficult for our hitters to maintain confidence," said UNCW Head Coach Amy Bambenek. "We also gave up too many serving errors. Even with our performance tonight, the team is determined to make the most of our last three matches this season as we fight for a spot in the postseason."
Hott was the only VCU player to reach double figures in kills as juniors Kristen Boyd and Anett Farkas chipped in nine spikes apiece and junior Jasmine Waters pitched in eight. Freshman Cecilia Aragao dished out 39 assists to quarterback a Rams attack that finished with 46 kills and .192 attack percentage.
Hott's 12 block assists paced a VCU blocking effort that recorded 18.5 total blocks for the evening. Aragao posted seven total blocks and Waters added six. Junior Marissa Low recorded a team-best 14 digs while senior Amanda Love joined Low in double-figure digs with 10.
Sophomore Courtney Porter notched 12 kills and freshman Morgan Kline added 11 to lead UNCW while junior Jennifer Mallard added nine spikes and sophomore Christi Laite chipped in eight. Junior Natalie LaHaie dished out 23 assists and senior Kelsey Bendig added 15 to pace a Seahawks attack that combined for 46 kills, but was limited to just a .082 hitting percentage for the match.
Kline and sophomore Haley Collins recorded 12 digs apiece as Kline posted her second double-double in as many matches. Freshman McKenzie Keightley notched a team-best five total blocks.
Leading 11-10 midway through the first half, a kill by Boyd sparked VCU to a 5-1 run and a 16-11 lead. The Seahawks pulled within two, 22-20, later in the frame, but the Rams scored three of the last four points of the set to post a 25-21 victory.
UNCW rallied to even the match at 1-all with a 25-20 triumph in the second set that saw the Seahawks take advantage of four straight Rams attack errors to break a 9-all deadlock and build a 13-9 advantage. The Seahawks would before growing their lead to as many as six later in the set before finishing with a five-point margin of victory.
Trailing 9-10 in the middle of the third set, a kill by senior Jessica Ojukwu ignited VCU to a 13-2 run and a 22-12 advantage. The two teams traded points for the remainder of the set as the Rams cruised to a 25-16 victory.
VCU never trailed in the fourth set, racing out to an early 6-1 lead on its way to building a 10-4 cushion. UNCW scored nine of the next 13 points to pull within one, 14-13, but that would be as close as the Seahawks would get, as the Rams closed the frame on a 11-3 run for a 25-16 decision and the match.