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VB Preview: George Mason & James Madison

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Release: 10/25/2012
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The UNCW volleyball team continues its four-match homestand this weekend with matches against Colonial Athletic Association foes George Mason and James Madison at Hanover Hall. The UNCW volleyball team continues its four-match homestand this weekend with matches against Colonial Athletic Association foes George Mason and James Madison at Hanover Hall
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The UNCW volleyball team continues its four-match homestand this weekend with matches against Colonial Athletic Association foes George Mason and James Madison at Hanover Hall. The UNCW volleyball team continues its four-match homestand this weekend with matches against Colonial Athletic Association foes George Mason and James Madison at Hanover Hall
WILMINGTON, North Carolina - The UNCW volleyball team continues its four-match homestand this weekend with matches against Colonial Athletic Association foes George Mason and James Madison at Hanover Hall.

The weekend begins Friday with the Seahawks and Patriots doing battle at 7 p.m. before UNCW and JMU square off Sunday in a 1 p.m. matinee.

Staying Connected
Live stats are available for both matches this weekend and can be accessed by clicking here ... Both matches this weekend will also be video streamed and can be viewed by clicking here ... Fans can also keep up with the volleyball program by checking out the program's Facebook (UNCW women's volleyball) and Twitter (@SeahawkVB) accounts or the department's Facebook (UNCWsports) and Twitter (@UNCWAthletics) pages.

Seahawk Notes
UNCW improved to 9-14 overall as it closed out the non-conference portion of its 2012 schedule with a 3-0 sweep of visiting North Carolina Central Tuesday ... Junior Christi Laite recorded 11 kills to pace a balanced UNCW attack that combined for 41 kills and a .276 hitting percentage ... Laite was the only UNCW player to record double figure kills against the Eagles as senior Jennifer Mallard and sophomore McKenzie Keightley tallied nine spikes apiece ... Freshman setter Victoria Phillips dished out 21 assists and added a match-high 14 digs to record her fourth double-double of the season while senior Natalie Lahaie added 14 digs and seven digs ... Junior Haley Collins joined Phillips in the double-digit digs category as she finished with 12 bumps ... Laite now leads the team lead with a  2.82 kills per frame average while sophomore Morgan Kline is closely behind in second with a 2.76 clip ... Keightley continues to serve as the squad's most effective hitter, ranking fifth in the league with a .314 hitting percentage ... Keightley also remains ranked among the league's top blockers, averaging 1.19 rejections per frame to sit second in the league in that category ... Lahaie and Phillips remain ranked among the league leaders in assists, averaging 7.34 (6th) and 5.98 (8th) assists per frame, respectively ... Collins continues to be listed among the top 10 players in the league in digs per set, ranking ninth with a 3.61 digs per set clip.

Scouting George Mason
George Mason carries a 4-16 overall record and a 2-5 CAA slate into Friday's matchup with the Seahawks after suffering a 3-0 loss at Georgia State last weekend ...Junior Lana Zonjic ranks second in the CAA with a 3.67 kills per set average and also leads the league in service aces per set 0.40) ... Freshman Lolade Owokoniran is sixth on the circuit in with a .299 hitting percentage while junior Tori Price is third in the league in assists per frame (9.04) ... Defensively, freshman Bernetta Moore is fourth in the CAA in digs per set (4.68) while senior Danielle Cook is fourth in the association in blocks per frame (1.10) ... Pat Kendrick is in her 27th season as head coach of the Patriots ... She has led the team to eight Colonial Athletic Association championships and six NCAA Tournament appearances.

Series Notes Versus George Mason
UNCW trails in the all-time series with George Mason by a 10-36 margin ... The Patriots have held the edge in the series of late, winning eight of the last nine matches, but the Seahawks were victorious in their only meeting last season, a 3-2 triumph at Hanover Hall on Oct. 30 ... UNCW holds a 3-14 record at home all-time versus the Patriots.

Scouting James Madison
James Madison enters the weekend with an 11-11 overall record and a 4-3 conference mark after a 3-0 sweep of Georgia State last weekend ... The Dukes will begin the weekend with a match at William & Mary on Friday before heading to Wilmington for Sunday's matinee ... Seniors Natalie Abel (3.30) and Danielle Erb (3.24) have served as a 1-2 punch for the JMU attack as the duo ranks sixth and seventh in the league in kills per set ... Sophomore Lizzy Briones is ninth in the league in hitting percentage, posting a .279 attack clip to go along with 207 kills ... Junior Katie Daorai sits fourth among all league players with a 4.71 digs per set average ... Brionnes is first on the team with 73 total blocks, including 11 solo rejections ... Lauren Steinbrecher is in her third season as head coach of the James Madison program ... She has led the Dukes to back-to-back 20-win seasons during her first two campaigns in Harrisonburg.

Series Notes Versus James Madison
UNCW trails James Madison by an 11-38 margin in the all-time series ... The Dukes have won 15 of the last 16 matchups between the two programs, but the Seahawks did post a 3-1 victory in their lone meeting last season at Hanover Hall on Oct. 28 ... UNCW has posted a 6-12 record at home versus JMU, including a three-match winning streak in the 1990's.

All-Tournament Team Honors
Four players earned a total of six All-Tournament Team honors during the tournament portion of the Seahawks regular-season schedule ... Sophomore McKenzie Keightley and freshman Lindsay Hartman earned the distinction during the UNCW Courtyard Wilmington Beach Bash in August ... Senior Jennifer Mallard was recognized at the Deacon Invitational Labor Day Weekend ... Mallard and junior Christi Laite were honored at the Spartan Classic ... Keightley picked up her second All-Tournament Team accolade of the season at the Spartan Spiketacular last weekend.

Laite Named To CAA Preseason Squad
UNCW junior right side hitter Christi Laite was named to the Preseason All-CAA Volleyball Team on Aug. 21 ... A Second-Team All-CAA and NCCSIA All-State Team selection in 2011, Laite played in 29 matches for the Seahawks last season and ranked sixth in the league in kills per set (3.28) while pacing the squad in attack percentage (.233) ... She also pitched 83 total blocks and 27 service aces to finish the season fifth in the league in points per frame (3.92) ... Defensively, the Severna Park, Md., product averaged 1.42 digs per set as she recorded three double-doubles during her sophomore campaign.

Seahawks Hit On All Cylinders Against Hatters
UNCW turned in one of its best hitting performances in recent memory during its 3-0 victory versus Stetson in the Spartan Classic on Sept. 7, recording 34 kills and just seven errors in 68 total attempts for a .397 hitting percentage ... That total represented the best single-match hitting percentage for a UNCW lineup since the start of the 2002 season, eclipsing the previous single-match high in that span, a 3-0 victory over Grambling State on Sept. 12, 2003, that saw UNCW finish with 53 kills and only 15 attack errors in 98 total attempts for a .388 attack clip ... The performance also marked the second time this season that UNCW has teamed up to hit better than .350 in a match ... The Seahawks combined for a .372 hitting percentage in a 3-0 victory over Delaware State in the UNCW Courtyard Wilmington Beach Bash Aug. 25, combining to record 47 kills and just 15 errors in 86 total attempts

Making Short Work Of The Opposition
UNCW has wasted little time in recording its victories this season as eight of its nine wins thus far in 2012 have come by way of sweep ... The Seahawks have dominated the opposition in those eight sweeps, posting an average margin of victory of 7.3 points with only seven of those 24 sets having been decided by five points or less.

Keep An Eye On Hitting Percentage
Entering the weekend, UNCW is 7-1 this season when posting a hitting percentage of .200 or higher, but just 2-13 this season when hitting below .200 ... The Seahawks only loss this season when posting an attack clip of .200 or higher occurred in the Seahawks 3-2 setback at UNC Greensboro on Sept. 14, a match that saw the Seahawks post a hitting percentage of .263.

Record Watch
Setter Natalie Lahaie enters the weekend with 1,497 assists, good for seventh place on the program's all-time assist list ... Lahaie surpassed former Seahawk setter Bea Gerevich (2002-03) for seventh place on the career chart with her 21-assist performance at William & Mary on Oct. 20 and needs just three helpers to become the seventh player in program history to reach the 1,500 assist plateau ... Junior libero Haley Collins enters the weekend with 1,101 career digs, good for fourth place on the program's career digs chart ... Collins, who recently became just the ninth player in program history with 1,000 career digs, passed Yvonne Holan for fourth place on the school's career chart (1,097) with her 12-dig performance against North Carolina Central on Tuesday.

Around The Colonial Athletic Association
Towson sits atop the league standings with a perfect 8-0 league mark following victories over Hofstra and Northeastern last weekend ... The Huskies and Delaware are both two games back of the Tigers in a tie for second at 6-2 ... Delaware's Alissa Aiker and Towson's Katy Buck were named CAA Co-Offensive Players-of-the-Week while Delaware's Ariel Shonk and James Madison's MacKenzie Kleespies garnered Defensive and Rookie-of-the-Week accolades, respectively ... Hofstra's Kelsie Wills remains the league's leading hitter, averaging 4.42 kills per set, while Towson's I'shah Keliikoa is still tops on the circuit with a .407 hitting percentage ... Towson's Aubrey Kirven continues to pace the league with a 12.39 assists per set average ... Delaware's Ariel Shonk moved into first place on the league's digs per set chart, averaging 5.71 bumps per set ... Hofstra's Adama Aja continues to guide the league in blocks per frame (1.24).

Up Next
UNCW closes out the home portion of its 2012 schedule Nov. 3 as it hosts Hofstra in a 1 p.m. matinee at Hanover Hall.

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