Nicole Lott’s 13 kills paced a UNCW offense that combined to hit .313 as the Seahawks swept Colonial Athletic Association leader James Madison 3-0 (25-18, 25-16, 25-21) on Thursday at Sinclair Gymnasium.
The Seahawks (18-5, 9-2 CAA) moved to within 1.5 matches in the CAA standings with the road win. The Dukes (21-4, 11-1 CAA), meanwhile, suffered their first conference loss of the season and just their second at home on the season.
UNCW also clinched a spot in the CAA championship tournament for the third straight season.
“I’m so proud of our defensive effort against a tough James Madison team,” said UNCW Head Coach Amy Bambenek.
Joining Lott in double digit kills was freshman Katie McCullough with 10. Junior Kristen Powell and senior Meredith Peacock both chipped in six kills.
Freshman Anna Moss and junior Bella Borgiotti led the Seahawks at the net with seven and six blocks, respectively.
“Bella (Borgiotti) had a huge night blocking for her position, and overall our setting decisions were on point to help us side out efficiently. Our team is truly invested in reaching our goals and their determination really shined in tonight’s win.”
The Seahawks visit Towson on Nov. 1 for a 1 p.m. start. The Tigers stayed in third place with a sweep of visiting Charleston on Friday.
Sea Devils roll in home opener
Cape Fear CC 114 Stillwater Christian Prep 41
The 16th ranked Cape Fear Community College men’s basketball team rolled to a 114-41 victory over Stillwater Christian Prep at the Schwartz Center on Friday night.
Five different players scored in double figures for the Sea Devils, who improved to 1-0 with the season opening win.
“I thought we came out ready to go tonight,” said CFCC Coach Ryan Mantlo. “This time of year practice can become a grind so I think the kids were happy to be playing a real game.”
Sophomore guard TJ Evans (Apex, NC / Apex HS) dropped a game-high 19 points, while Tyrek Coger (Raleigh, NC / Word of God Christian Academy) and Josh Lindsey (North Myrtle Beach, SC / North Myrtle Beach HS) each had 18 points apiece. Cape Fear also had two players record double-doubles, including Alonzo Tyson (17 points/11 rebounds) and DeVarte Watson (12 points/12 rebounds).
The nationally ranked Sea Devils get back on the court Saturday afternoon against Hines Prep. Tip-off is slated for 3 p.m. in downtown Wilmington.