VB Preview: Hofstra & Northeastern
Courtesy: UNCW Athletic Communications
WILMINGTON, North Carolina - The UNCW volleyball team closes out the regular season this weekend as it hosts Hofstra and Northeastern in Colonial Athletic Association action at Hanover Hall.
The Seahawks entertain the Pride Friday at 7 p.m. before taking on the league co-leading Huskies Sunday at 1 p.m. Live stats and pay-per-view streaming video will be available for both matches and can be accessed by clicking on the links at the top of the page.
Sunday's match will serve as senior day, with the Seahawks honoring student-athletes Kelsey Bendig and Emily Mohrman prior to the start of the match.
UNCW (12-17; 5-7 CAA) is back in the Port City after a split of its league matches at VCU and William & Mary last weekend. The Seahawks fell to the Rams, 3-1, before posting a 3-1 victory over the Tribe that gave UNCW its first season sweep of W&M in program history.
Sophomore Christi Laite remains the key to the Seahawks attack as she paces the squad and ranks sixth in the league in kills per set (3.31). She enters the weekend needing just 37 more kills to move into 10th place on the program's single-season kills chart.
Senior Kelsey Bendig ranks eighth in the league in assists per set (7.23). She moved into fourth place on the program's career assists list (2,094) with her 30 assists versus William & Mary last weekend.
Sophomore Haley Collins was named CAA Defensive Player-of-the-Week on Monday after averaging 4.88 digs per set last weekend. Collins currently leads the Seahawks and ranks sixth in the league in digs per set (4.20).
Hofstra (13-16; 4-8 CAA) enters the weekend looking to halt a five-game stretch that has seen the Pride drop four of its last five matches, including road contests at Delaware and Towson last weekend. Nikki Kinner ranks seventh in the league in kills per set (3.27) and Erika Charry is seventh on the circuit in attack percentage (.280) to pace the Hofstra. Cataolina Charry is third in the league in assists per game (10.59). She is one of only three players in the CAA to be averaging more than 10.0 assists per set this season. Defensively, Kylee Maneja is second in the league in digs per set (.477) while Erika Charry is second in the CAA in blocks per set (1.24).Northeastern (19-5; 9-3 CAA) begins the weekend tied with Delaware for the league lead after the Blue Hens swept the Huskies to end NU's nine-match winning streak. Sophomore Janelle Tucker (3.26) and sophomore Kelly Bacon (3.14) both rank among the league's top 10 in kills per set while junior Nicole Bishop is fifth in attack percentage (.294) to power a Huskies attack that is second in the league in kills per set (13.4) and third in attack percentage (.225). On the backline, freshman Natalia Skiba leads the league in digs per set (5.19).