HEMPSTEAD, New York - Sophomore Kelsie Wills recorded 18 kills and .350 hitting percentage to lead Hofstra to a 3-1 (25-22, 18-25, 25-18, 25-18) victory over UNCW in Colonial Athletic Association volleyball action Sunday at the Hofstra Fitness Center.
The Pride improved to 13-8 overall and 1-2 in league play as it halted a two-match losing skid while the Seahawks dipped to 7-11 on the season and 0-3 in conference action.
"This is a tough loss for our team to swallow," said UNCW Head Coach Amy Bambenek. "We need to be more consistent with our attacking and serve reception to compete at a higher level. This is certainly something we can learn from and will have to rebound from quickly."
Wills powered the Hofstra attack to 56 kills and a .283 hitting percentage for the match as she committed just four errors in 40 total attempts. Junior Nikki Kinnier chipped in 10 kills while Emily Burke added nine. Senior Catalina Charry dished out 35 assists and sophomore Kainoa Ocasek handed out 14. Senior Kylee Maneja finished with 15 digs and Wills added 10 to post a double-double. Sophomore Adama Aja tallied a match-high nine total blocks and added seven kills.
Sophomore Sarah Fitzgerald recorded a team-high 15 kills to pace UNCW as she finished with nearly half of the squad's 36 kills for the match. Sophomore Morgan Kline notched 11 digs and freshman Lindsey Hartmann chipped in 10. Senior Natalie Lahaie dished out 18 assists and freshman Victoria Phillips finished with 16.
In a tight first set that featured a total of 10 ties and six lead changes, Hofstra rallied from a 22-20 deficit, rattling off five unanswered points to record a 25-22 victory.
The Seahawks would even the match at 1-all with a 25-18 victory in the second set, breaking a 12-all tie with five straight points on their way to the seven-point triumph.
With the score deadlocked at 17-all late in the third set, a kill by Burke ignited an 8-1 run and led the Pride to a 25-18 victory.
With the score tied at 8-all early in the fourth set, Hofstra took control of the frame with an 8-1 run that made it a 16-9 contest. The Pride held a comfortable lead the rest of the way, posting a second straight 25-18 victory to take the set and the match.
The Seahawks return to the court Friday when they host Delaware in a 7 p.m. match at Hanover Hall.