UNCW Press Release
CHARLESTON, South Carolina - Fueled by a career-high 22 kills from sophomore Maddy Kline and five Seahawks in double-digit digs, UNCW tripped Colonial Athletic Association co-leader College of Charleston, 3-2 (23-25, 25-20, 25-22, 21-25, 15-8), in a key conference volleyball match on Thursday at TD Arena.
The Seahawks halted a three-match losing skid with the road win and improved to 13-6 overall and 3-4 in the conference. CofC, meanwhile, dipped to 12-7 and 5-2.
"I'm so proud of our players and their efforts tonight," said UNCW Head Coach Amy Bambenek. "There was a heavy emphasis on the type of attitude and focus we wanted on our side of the net. Tonight we played a complete unit and we accomplished what we wanted to do."
Kline surpassed her previous career-high of 20 kills set earlier this season and finished with a .333 hitting average in 57 attacks. She added 12 digs for her ninth double-double of the season.
"Maddy played fearless offensively tonight," said Bambenek.
Defensively, sophomore Sydney Alvis paced UNCW with 30 digs for the second time this season while Nicole Lott added 20 while senior Alyssa Desjardins and Katie McCullough, a sophomore, chipped in 17 and 16, respectively. The Seahawks finished with a 113-107 advantage in the dig department on the evening.
At the net, sophomore Anna Moss held match-high honors with six blocks as UNCW out-blocked CofC, 12-8.
Maddie Hills' 17 kills were a team-high while Jane Fedderson and Kennedy Madison had 13 apiece. CofC's McKala Rhodes finished with a match-high 35 digs.
How it happened: UNCW hit a match-best .296 in the final set with 10 kills in 27 attacks for the win. The Seahawks built a 12-3 lead that Charleston couldn't overcome.
Notes: The win in Charleston was the first for UNCW in the series since 1996 ... The two teams have now played three straight five-set matches in Charleston ... UNCW's Kristen Powell finished with a season-high 12 kills ... The five-set loss was the first for Charleston, who had a 3-0 mark entering the match ... Tonight's match was a rematch of the 2015 CAA Championship match, won by the Seahawks, 3-0 ... Alyssa Desjardins (29) and Bella Borgiotti (25) combined for 54 assists.