GREENSBORO, N.C.– UNC Greensboro finished Saturday with two 3-0 sweeps against Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference teams with wins over Delaware State University (1-9) 3-0 (25-15, 25-14, 25-18) and North Carolina A&T (3-5) 3-0 (25-11, 25-18, 25-18) in Fleming Gym.
“I’m really proud of our team and the focus that we had specifically in this match (vs. NCAT),” head coach Corey Carlin said. “Tonight, we saw the focus from the starting point to the end point that we need to have to be a consistent team in our league. I’m very proud to see that from this group. If we can continue that focus, we are going to be tough to beat.”
Junior middle blocker Mikaela Weidmann led the team with 17 kills and with a .571 hitting percentage with five blocks in two matches Saturday, while sophomore outside hitter Holly Behrends added 14 kills and a .265 hitting percentage and sophomore outside hitter Maria Esch added 10 kills.
Senior setter Allison Penner led the team with 37 assists in two matches, while sophomore setter Giana Rasmussen added 27 assists. Senior libero Christina Gregory led the team with 21 digs.
Junior middle blocker Lauren Robeck was named the MVP and joining her on the all-tournament team was Gregory and freshman middle blocker Anne Schölzel.
UNCG 3, Delaware State 0
Behrends recorded a match-high 12 kills and added a .280 hitting percentage, while Penner recorded a match-high 19 assists and Rasmussen added 16 assists and a team-high nine digs. Weidmann added eight kills with a .467 hitting percentage and Esch added seven kills with a .545 hitting percentage.
Delaware State scored six of the first seven points of the first set to take a five-point lead, 6-1, but the Spartans batted back by scoring 19 of the next 22 points to take an 11-point lead 20-9. DSU outscored UNCG 6-5 during the rest of the set, but the Spartans won the first set by 10 points to take a 1-0 match lead.
UNCG scored the first four points of the second stanza for a 4-0 lead, but the Hornets scored the next two points to cut the lead to two points, 4-2. The Spartans scored 14 of the next 21 points to increase their lead to nine points, 18-9, but DSU scored the next four points to cut the lead to five points, 18-13. UNCG scored seven of the final eight points, including the last the last six points to win the second set by 11 points and to take a 2-0 match lead.
The Spartans scored five of the first six points of the final frame to take a four-point lead, 5-1, but DSU scored nine of the next 15 points to cut the lead to a point, 11-10. The Hornets outscored UNCG 5-3 to take a point lead, 15-14, but the Spartans scored 11 of the final 14 points for the seven-point set win and the match win.
The Hornets were led by Mayah Mgundam with even kills, Milexa Cardona with 13 assists and Leimaluhia Taula with a match-high 10 digs.
UNCG 3, North Carolina A&T 0
Weidmann recorded a match-high nine kills, while Penner recorded a match-high 18 assists and Gregory recorded a match-high 16 digs. Junior outside hitter Rebecca Rice and junior defensive specialist Grace Howell each recorded seven digs, while Schölzel added five kills.
UNCG scored 19 of the first 27 points in the first set to take an 11-point lead, 19-8, but the Aggies scored back-to-back points to cut the lead to nine points, 19-10. The Spartans scored six of the final seven points for the 14-point set win and to take a 1-0 match lead.
The Spartans scored seven of the first 11 points in the second frame to take a three-point lead, 7-4, but the Aggies scored the next points to cut the lead to a point, 7-6. UNCG scored 10 of the next 16 points to increase the lead to five points, 17-12, but NCAT scored the next three points to cut the lead to two points, 17-15. UNCG outscored NCAT 8-3 during the rest of the set for the seven-point set win and to take a 2-0 match lead.
UNCG scored 15 of the first 22 points to take an eight-point lead, 15-7, but back-to-back points by the Aggies cut the lead to six points, 15-9. The Spartans scored four of the next five points to increase their lead to nine points, 19-10, but NCAT scored the next five points to cut the lead to four points, 19-15. UNCG outscored NCAT 6-3 during the rest of the set for the seven-point set win and the match win.
The Aggies were led by Leila Haynesworth with seven kills, Edie Brewer with 14 assists and added 10 digs for a double-double and Andrea Laboy-Rivera also added 10 digs.
The Spartans are back in action Friday with a road trip to High Point University Friday at 6 p.m. on ESPN+ and returns home to face University of Kansas at 10:30 a.m. on ESPN+ and Elon University at 7 p.m. on SoCon Digital Network Saturday.
MVP - Lauren Robeck (UNCG)
Anne Schölzel (UNCG)
Christina Gregory (UNCG)
Milexa Cardona (DSU)
Jace Kleffner (Winthrop)
Lily Leistiko (Winthrop)
Edie Brewer (NCAT)
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