By Ethan Marsh, Reporter
UNCW Women’s Volleyball was confronted with a challenge as they took on the Delaware Blue Hens at home on Monday. The Seahawks responded by defeating the Blue Hens in a three set sweep. The crowd at Ralford G. Trask Coliseum had plenty to cheer for, as their team finished each set with scores of 25-21, 25-14, and 25-18 respectively. Encouraged by the crowd’s passionate chants of “Let’s go Hawks!”, the Seahawks came out strong to start the game. The Seahawk’s coaching staff, led by head coach, Amy Bambenek, pushed their team to make effective plays throughout the match. UNCW displayed great teamwork by executing offensively and defensively. Their synergy was showcased as they continually supported each other on the floor after making big plays.
One notable player who stood out in the match was junior, Alyssa Desjardins, for her versatility across the court and acting as a leader of the team. Desjardins finished the match with a team-high, 24 assists. The Seahawks performed more effectively as a team, and therefore put up more points than Delaware. Delaware held their only lead of the entire match when they were up 1-0 at the start of the second set. Other than that, UNCW had total control during the contest.
All three sets throughout the match took similar routes. UNCW raced out to mildly big leads of 8-4 , 8-5, and 7-4 respectively. The Seahawks held a steady lead throughout the entire match but had their largest margin of victory in the second set. The play of the game was a long, withstanding exchange between the two teams in the third set, which UNCW triumphed to earn a crucial point to make the score 13-10. As the Seahawks anticipated the final play of the match, each player raised one hand, and signaled a “1” with their finger, for motivation to finish the game strong. Senior, Meredith Peacock then showcased a dynamic effort by scoring the final point to give victory to UNCW.
The Seahawks improved their record to 12-4 overall on the season and 3-1 in the conference as the Blue Hens fell to 0-3 in the standings. UNCW’s next contest will be against another conference rival, William & Mary, on Friday, October 9th in Williamsburg, Virginia.