CHARLESTON, South Carolina – Morgan Kline and Nicole Lott led four Seahawks in double-digit kills with 16 and 15, respectively, as UNCW advanced to the Colonial Athletic Association semifinals with a 3-1 win over fifth-seed Delaware on Friday at the F. Johnson Student Center.
The fourth-seeded Seahawks ran their record to 21-10 with the tournament victory while the Blue Hens concluded their season with a 15-17 mark. UNCW will face host and top-seeded College of Charleston on Saturday at 1 p.m.
“I'm so proud of our entire Seahawk team. We played an outstanding offensive and defensive match,” said UNCW Head Coach Amy Bambenek. “We held our composure in tight situations and served tough to force Delaware out of its system. We'll need another balanced attacking match tomorrow against Charleston, but we've been in this position before. I'm confident the team will be ready to compete.”
UNCW's balanced offense was too much for the Blue Hens as the Seahawks hit .248 for the match while Meredith Peacock and Kristen Powell added 12 and 10 kills, respectively. Kline (17 digs) and Lott (12 digs) recorded double-doubles along with Alyssa Desjardins, who set a career-high with 30 assists and totaled 14 digs.
Defensively, UNCW outblocked UD, 12-7, and held a commanding 77-59 advantage in digs. Leading the Seahawks was Peacock with eight blocks and Morgan Owney with a match-high 24 digs.
Autumn Jenkins held match-high honors with 17 kills and Katie Hillman added 13 for the Blue Hens. Setter Julia Anderson handed out a match-best 41 assists while Taylor Hollingsworth collected 22 digs.
Notes: UNCW's 21 wins is the most since the 1991 season when the Seahawks went 21-10 … Morgan Kline, Kristen Powell and Sarah Kelly had four blocks apiece for UNCW … The Seahawks are 7-1 in four-set matches … UNCW has outblocked its opponent 26 times this season and is 21-5 in those matches … UNCW has now won four of its last five matches against Delaware … UNCW had four in double-figure digs for the seventh time this season, last coming against Northeastern (Sept. 26).