UNCW volleyball beats CAA leading James Madison

UNCW volleyball beats CAA leading James Madison

HARRISONBURG, Virginia – 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. "We were able to slow down their offense and I think this game all our hitter a lot confidence to terminate."

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. Lott missed a double-double, finishing with nine digs. Senior Lindsay Hartmann held team-high honors with 12 digs.

"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."

Janey Goodman led the Dukes with 12 kills while Meghan Niski added eight. JMU struggled against UNCW's block, recording 27 hitting errors and finishing with a .061 hitting average.

Up next: 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.

How it happened: The Seahawks took a 2-0 lead with a 25-16 win in the second set as the blocking game too effect. UNCW totaled six blocks in the set and forced JMU into 10 hitting errors for the second straight set. In the final set, UNCW hit .552 with just one hitting error in 29 attacks.

Notes: The Dukes other home loss of the season was a sweep at the hands of nationally-ranked Florida on Aug. 29 … UNCW snapped JMU's four-match winning streak while extending its own winning streak to three … The win moved Head Coach Amy Bambenek to within one game of .500 (102-103) for her career with the Seahawks … UNCW has won seven of its last eight against JMU … Nicole Lott passed the 300-kill mark for the season and leads the team with 302.