Two for two: UNCW volleyball sweeps Morgan State

Seahawks have won both of their matches in Courtyard by Marriott Classic


Noah Powers, Contributing Writer

A win over Liberty on Friday gave UNC Wilmington its first victory in two weeks. It victory that snapped a four-game losing stretch and provided a needed confidence boost going into Saturday afternoon’s match against Morgan State.

The Seahawks (5-6) opened up day two of the Courtyard by Marriott Classic with a 3-0 sweep (25-20, 25-17, 25-13) of Morgan State (1-11). Anna Moss led UNCW with 10 kills and a .553 hit percentage. She was followed closely by Maddy Kline, who boasted 10 kills and seven digs.

After putting their lengthy losing streak to rest against Liberty, the Seahawks have now turned around and won two in a row.

“It’s definitely a confidence boost,” said UNCW coach Amy Bambenek. “But I think our team, even with those wins, knows that there’s still a lot to work on.”

An offensive improvement was a key point stressed by the ninth-year head coach.

“Anytime we go back and we review a win or a loss, we can always have some takeaways of some improvement areas. For us right now that going to be offense,” said Bambenek. “Scoring more of our own points rather than relying on opponent error is going to be important for us.”

Bambenek also talked about her team’s strategy for their nightcap game against Western Michigan.

“We’ve got to be able to dig some power,” said Bambenek. “We want to try to slow them down with our blocking and get some good touches. Defensively, we’re going to really need to be on our toes.”

The Seahawks hope to exit the weekend undefeated when they face-off with Western Michigan at 7:30 p.m. in the final match of the Courtyard by Marriott Classic.