Nicole Lott totaled 14 kills and 10 digs and Kristen Poweel added 11 kills and 16 digs as UNCW opened the season with a 3-0 (25-19, 31-29, 25-20) win over Clemson at the Big Orange Bash on Friday at Jervey Gymnasium.
For the Seahawks, it was the second all-time win over an ACC member and the fourth straight season-opening victory.
“This was an unbelievable way to start the season,” said UNCW Head Coach Amy Bambenek. “The contributions across the board from all our players were exceptional. We served tough and played great defense, but most of all, we kept our composure when things got close. Nicole (Lott) and KP (Kristin Powell) were a great duo at the pins. Our blocking and defense were impressive to start the season.”
UNCW freshman Anna Moss collected seven kills in 14 attacks and finished with a .429 average. She also had a match-high eight blocks.
Clemson’s Leah Perri held game-high honors with 15 kills while Kailey Harvell added 14. Perri finished a double-double with 11 digs.
The Seahawks out-hit the Tigers, .198-.113, and dominated at the net, out-blocking CU, 13-4.
UNCW faces Appalachian State at 11 a.m. and Charleston Southern (4:30 p.m.) on Saturday.
UNCW Men’s Soccer earns draw with High Point
Senior goalkeeper Sean Melvin (Victoria, British Columbia, Canada) made one save en route to his eighth career shutout as UNCW opened its season with a 0-0 double-overtime draw against High Point in front of a crowd of 1,421 fans at UNCW Soccer Stadium on Friday evening.
Led by Melvin, the Seahawks allowed just four shots by the Panthers, including no attempts in the overtime periods. UNCW recorded seven shots in the match, including an attempt in each of the extra periods.
The Seahawks opened the season with an overtime game for the fifth time in the last 11 years.
UNCW continues its slate of in-state rivals to begin the season on Monday night by traveling to UNC-Greensboro for a 7 p.m. non-conference contest against the Spartans.