Laite Collects 16 Kills In Season Finale
Courtesy: UNCW Athletic Communications
WILMINGTON, North Carolina - Christi Laite collected 16 kills to lead three Seahawks in double-digit kills, but UNCW fell in four sets, 3-1 (12-25, 25-23, 23-25, 18-25) to Northeastern on Sunday in the regular season finale for both teams at Hanover Hall.
The Huskies, who will be the second seed at this week's Colonial Athletic Association championship tournament, enter the post season with a record of 21-5 and 11-3 against league opponents. The Seahawks wrapped up their season with a 12-19 mark and 5-9 in the league.
Joining Laite, a sophomore, in double figures were freshmen Morgan Kline and Courtney Porter, both with 10 kills apiece.
For NU, which hit .298 on the match, Kelly Bacon recorded 20 kills for match-high honors.
Defensively, Natalia Skirba held match-high honors with 20 digs while UNCW's Haley Collins, a sophomore, had 15. Up front, UNCW held a 9-8 lead in blocks as Laite and senior Emily Mohrman had five each.
The Huskies bolted out to an early lead taking the opening set, 25-12. Laite moved the Seahawks to within three, 13-10, with a kill, but NU reeled off 10 of the next 11 points to establish a 23-11 lead. Bacon fueled that burst with three kills.
UNCW rallied in the second game, 25-23, to enter the intermission tied at 1-set apiece. Latie had six of her kills in the set as UNCW outhit NU, .429-.316, in the set. The set saw 13 ties before UNCW grabbed a 23-22 late and finished off the set.
In the third set, another two-point set, the Huskies used four kills each from Jillian Briner and Alexa Armstrong to take a 2-1 lead in the match. UNCW trailed by eight, 17-9, in the set before rallying to get to within one, 21-20, on a Huskie attack error. NU recovered with a kill and a Seahawk ball-handling error for a 23-20 lead.
Bacon finished off her afternoon with five kills in the fourth set as the Huskies closed out the match with a 25-18 win. It was a one-point match, 16-15, in favor of NU before the Huskies gained separation with a 4-1 run for a 20-16 lead.