By Ethan Marsh, Reporter
WILMINGTON, NC - Hofstra University from Hempstead, New York came to Hanover Hall with expectancy to dominate and win, but was proved wrong.
The Seahawks had the odds against them on Saturday afternoon and prevailed tremendously. Hofstra was picked by the coaches of the CAA to win the conference title. The Seahawks may be changing the route of this narrative by this step of winning. This was Hofstra’s second straight loss in the CAA to start it’s CAA conference play while it was the Seahawks first win of its CAA schedule.
Fellow TealTV Reporter, Junior Sydney Brock is continuing her quest of an excellent season as the week of September 18th, Brock was chosen for the CAA Defensive Player of the Week. Senior Nicole Lott now has over 1,000 kills and is seventh on the all-time list.
Coming off a 1-2 stretch, enduring a 3-2 loss to Duke in Durham and then a CAA opener loss of 3-1 to Northeastern Friday night, UNCW was looking to redeem itself. The Seahawks did just that. This marks the last home game until October 21st so the team was looking to leave their fans with a good feeling until they are back home.
The first game of the set ended up being marked as a W for Hofstra, but UNCW was so close. UNCW managed to make it a game despite some minor mistakes, such as Senior Kristen Powell making a hit to tie it at 14.
The Pride were looking to run away with it a few moments later while being up 21-17 then the Seahawks came back and tied it at two, not stopping until it was tied at 24. Needless to say, the Hofstra Pride managed to score two more hits to make it 26-24 the final score. The Seahawks challenged them enough to force them to make that 26th point to win.
The second game featured a total of 12 ties and UNCW making a 13-4 run afterwards to win it by nine at 25-16. This started the Seahawks convincing fashion of winning that continued for the rest of the set such as making swift hits right over the goal.
The third game was just as convincing as the first, except it did not run in the tying ground as long as it only featured four ties early. It was only a seven-point win rather than a nine-point win at 25-18. Freshman Kendall Blender making a block when the Seahawks were up 18-13 sent the crowd roaring in excitement and congratulations as the Seahawks were putting on a one of a kind performance.
The fourth game was just the confirmation for the win as it tied only three times early and Hofstra never led at any time in it. The result of the fourth game was 25-19 and Hofstra came within a few points but the Seahawks ended up shutting the door on Hofstra and making it a win instead of a tie. Thus, earning their first CAA win in their second CAA game of the season.
This win improved UNCW’s record to 11-3 while worsened Hofstra’s record to 10-5. The Seahawks will be going on a six-game road trip that will start at Delaware on Thursday, September 29th. UNCW will next play at home on October 21st and 23rd versus Towson and Delaware at 7pm and 1pm, respectively.