UNCW Press Release
HEMPSTEAD, New York – UNCW totaled 19 blocks and hit .253 on the match as the Seahawks swept host Hofstra, 3-0 (25-22, 25-11, 25-15), to give UNCW Head Coach Amy Bambenek her 100th career win on Friday at the Mack Physical Education Center.
The Seahawks upped their record to 16-5 on the season and took sole possession of second place in the Colonial Athletic Association standings with a 7-2 mark. The Pride, who suffered their first home loss of the season, dipped to 15-9 and 6-3 in the league.
Freshman Katie McCullough led UNCW with 10 kills while the Seahawks committed just five hitting errors combined in the final two sets. Fellow Freshman Anna Moss notched a school-record tying 11 blocks for the second time this season. Meredith Peacock added eight and while Kristen Powell, Nicole Lott and Bella Borgiotti added five apiece. Lindsay Hartmann finished with a team-high 15 digs.
Nanishka Perez paced the Pride with nine kills and Leticia Valente chipped in eight. Hofstra entered the match with a .231 hitting average, but struggled to a .017 average, committing 29 hitting errors. Luisa Domingues held match-high honors with 16 digs.
Up next: The Seahawks close out their swing through the northern part of the conference with a 1 p.m. start on Sunday at Northeastern.
How it happened: The Seahawks won the game at the net, finishing with 19 blocks and forcing Hofstra into 29 hitting errors. After taking the opening set, UNCW rolled to a 25-11 win in set two behind eight blocks while hitting .520 itself with 14 kills in 25 attacks.
Notes: UNCW picked up its first win at Hofstra since the 2011 season … UNCW’s 19 blocks were its second highest total of the season (19.5 vs. Charleston, 9/25/15) … Moss’ 11 block effort was the fifth time it happened in UNCW history … The Seahawks have five wins in the series with four of them being sweeps … UNCW is now 35-13 when outblocking their opponents the last two seasons … Amy Bambenek is just the second UNCW coach to win 100 matches … Lindsay Hartmann moved into seventh on UNCW’s all-time digs list with 1,052 … UNCW improved to 10-1 in sweeps.