UNCW fought off set-point five times in the fourth set before rallying for a 33-31 win to top visiting Towson, 3-1 (25-17, 24026, 25-17, 33-31), in a battle for second place in the Colonial Athletic Association volleyball standings on Friday at Trask Coliseum.
The Seahawks, who moved into sole possession of second place, ran their record to 15-4 overall and 6-1 in the league with their fourth straight win.
Nicole Lott led an explosive offense for the Seahawks with a team-high 16 kills. The Seahawks hit .350 on the match, committing just 13 hitting errors. Joining Lott in double figure kills were Kristen Powell and Katie McCullough with 12 apiece.
Anna Moss paced UNCW upfront with six blocks and six kills as the Seahawks outblocked the Tigers, 10-5. Defensively, Alyssa Deshjardins collected a team-high 12 digs and finished off a double-double with a team-leading 29 assists. Powell also had a double-double with 10 digs and Lindsay Hartmann rounded out UNCW’s trio in double digit digs with 10.
In the final set, there were 21 ties and 12 lead changes before the Seahawks were able to gain control and close out the match. UNCW faced set point at 31-30, but a Towson serving error tied it. Desjardins followed with a service ace and Lott ended the set and match with a kill off a feed from Hartmann.
UNCW hosts James Madison at 1 p.m. on Sunday in Hanover Hall. The Dukes maintained their hold on first-place with a 3-2 win over host Charleston on Friday.
Second half surge lifts UNCW soccer over James Madison
Senior forwards Stephanie Bronson and Katrina Guillou each scored one goal as UNCW (11-5-1) exploded for three scores in the second half en route to a 3-0 Colonial Athletic Association victory over James Madison (9-6-1) at UNCW Soccer Stadium on Friday evening.
The win allowed the Seahawks to move into a tie for second place with Northeastern in the CAA standings. Led by junior goalkeeper Carolyn Huddy, the Seahawks limited James Madison to a season-low four shots. Huddy, who did not make a save in the victory, earned her sixth shutout of the season.
After a scoreless first half, the Seahawks scored three times in the second half to earn the victory. Bronson scored in the 61st minute to give UNCW a 1-0 lead before an own goal upped the advantage to 2-0 with 17:57 left. Guillou added an unassisted goal with 5:40 remaining to complete the scoring.
The Seahawks return the pitch at home against Towson on Sunday, Oct. 18.