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
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.