HARRISONBURG, Virginia – Freshman Maddy Kline’s 14 kills and Meredith Peacock’s 10 blocks led UNCW into the Colonial Athletic Association semifinals with a 3-0 sweep of sixth-seeded William & Mary on Friday at Sinclair Gymnasium in the league’s championship tournament.
The third-seeded Seahawks improved to 22-7 with the win while the Tribe saw its season end with a 10-20 record.
Kline’s 14 kills were both a match and career-high and she was joined in double figures by Kristen Powell, who finished with 10 kills. UNCW out-hit the Tribe, .256-.028, including .407-.000 in the third set.
Setters Alyssa Desjardins and Bella Borgiotti combined for 35 assists while Desjardins added eight digs and Borgiotti three blocks.
At the net, Peacock matched her own CAA tournament school-record of 10 blocks. UNCW posted six of its 13 blocks on the night in the first set. Powell and Kline chipped in four blocks apiece.
Defensively, UNCW held W&M in check and forced 23 hitting errors. Lindsay Hartmann and Katie McCullough both had 15 digs with McCullough tying her career-high.
Heather Pippus paced the Tribe with seven blocks and add 10 digs. Sara Zumbach held match-high honors with 17 digs while Katie Kemp had 11.
Up next: The Seahawks face second-seed Towson at 7:30 p.m. in the semifinals on Saturday. The match will be streamed on CAA.tv.
How it happened: UNCW, who entered the tournament ranked seventh nationally in blocks, opened the match with six blocks in the opening set and that set the tone for the rest of the match. Peacock had five blocks in the first and four more in the third. In between, the Tribe hit -.069 in the second set.
Notes: Peacock’s previous record of 10 blocks in a CAA tournament also came against W&M in 2013 … UNCW improved to 2-0 against the Tribe in the CAA tournament the last three seasons … The Seahawks are now 15-2 in sweeps this season and 4-1 in neutral site matches … UNCW totaled 26 service errors against W&M this season … The Seahawks will face Towson for the first time in a CAA tournament match on Saturday … The Seahawks also set a new standard with a .256 hitting average tonight, eclipsing the previous tournament-high of .246 set against W&M in 2013.