UNCW Press Release:
CHARLESTON, South Carolina – The Seahawks rallied to force a fifth set, but College of Charleston overcame an early deficit in the deciding set to edge UNCW, 3-2 (25-23, 10-25, 25-19, 18-25, 15-13) in a key Colonial Athletic Association volleyball match on Tuesday at TD Bank Arena.
The win extended CofC’s winning streak to four matches and raised its record to 17-12 and 9-6 in the league. The Seahawks, who can’t win the regular season with the loss, fell to 20-7 and 11-4.
“There was a lot on the line for this match, but I’m proud of the fight our players showed,” said UNCW Head Coach Amy Bambenek. “Offensively it was strong night overall, except for the third set. Against tough opponents, you want to strive for consistency. It was good to play a pressure match like this and feel we will be that much better in our next matches because of it.”
UNCW had three players post double-doubles, including Nicole Lott, who hit .348 with 16 kills and no hitting errors. Kristen Powell (11k, 15d) and Alyssa Desjardins (22a, 10d) rounded out that performance with their seventh and 25th career double-doubles, respectively.
Setter Bella Borgiotti handed out 25 assists while libero Lindsay Hartmann joined Lott and Powell with team-high honors in digs with 15.
Meredith Peacock had 13 kills and finished with five blocks. Anna Moss led UNCW with six total blocks.
Melissa Morello fueled CofC with 21 kills while Kennedy Madison and Devon Rachel added 12 and 11, respectively. Morello’s 11 digs completed her 20th double-double of the season and Allison Beckman had 49 assists and 12 digs. McKala Rhodes posted a match-high 22 digs.
Up next: The Seahawks close out their regular season with a 1 p.m. start on Nov. 15 at Delaware.
How it happened: Charleston overcme a 4-1 deficit early in the fifth set to take a 10-6 lead following a 9-2 run. UNCW, thought, drew even at 12-all on a kill from Borgiotti, but Morello would record three kills to end the match at 15-13.
Notes: The loss ends UNCW’s hopes of hosting the CAA championship tournament … The two teams split their season series, each winning at home and in five sets … UNCW falls back into a tie for second with Towson, but the Tigers hold the tie-breaker … The Seahawks have not won in Charleston since 1996 … The last three matches between the two programs have gone to five sets … Maddy Kline made her third straight start and chipped in seven kills and eight digs.