Seahawks Cruise Past Camels In Sweep
Courtesy: UNCW Athletic Communications
WILMINGTON, North Carolina - Led by the trio of junior Christi Laite and sophomores McKenzie Keightley and Morgan Kline, UNCW cruised to a 3-0 (25-17, 29-25, 25-15) victory over visiting Campbell Tuesday in collegiate volleyball action at Hanover Hall.
The Seahawks improved to 3-1 on the young season as they recorded their fourth victory in five tries against the Camels. Campbell, meanwhile, saw their season mark evened at 2-2 with the setback.
The trio of Laite, Kline and Keightley combined to record 34 of the Seahawks' 40 kills for the match as Kline and Laite tallied 12 spikes each while Keightley pitched in 10. Freshman setter Victoria Phillips paced the Seahawks lineup to a .174 hitting percentage as she dished out a match-best 33 assists.
Sophomore Jessica Groen notched seven kills and sophomore Brooke Kelley added six for the Camels, who were limited just 27 kills and a .048 hitting percentage for the contest. Junior Heather Wilson notched 24 assists and added seven digs while freshman Lauren Bewick posted a team-high 12 bumps. Junior Lindsey Coats, the Big South Defensive Player-of-the-Week, posted a match-best five total blocks to highlight Campbell's effort at the net.
Lead 10-9 midway through the first set, a Campbell service error sparked the Seahawks to an 11-5 spurt and a 21-14 advantage. The Camels would cut the deficit to six moments later, 23-17, but an attack error and a kill by Keightley gave UNCW the next two points and a 25-17 victory in the opening set.
The Seahawks carried their momentum into the second set, racing out to a quick 9-4 lead. UNCW maintained their advantage and held a 21-16 edge later in the frame when Campbell rattled off six of seven points to knot the score at 22-all. The two sides would then trade points until, trailing 27-26, a service error, a kill by Kline and an attack error led UNCW to a 29-27 triumph.
Campbell held a 7-5 lead early in the third set when a kill by Keightley ignited a 15-3 stretch that put the Seahawks ahead, 20-10. The two sides would then trade points until a kill by Laite would give the Seahawks 25-15 win and the match.
Both teams return to action Friday. UNCW opens the Deacon Invitational with a 7 p.m. match against host Wake Forest while Campbell begins the William & Mary Tournament with a 4:30 p.m. contest versus Georgetown.