Seawolf volleyball heads to the NCAA Div. II Elite Eight national quarterfinals
Closing in on the end of their outrageously successfully season, the Seawolves played two different games in Washington on Thursday, Nov. 17 and Saturday, Nov. 19. These games secured the Great Northwest Athletic title that the Seawolves attained, but also elevated them two spots in the Division II standings to No. 9, as well as continuing to hold their position as No. 1 in the NCAA West Regional rankings.
Before coming into this weekend, UAA knew that they wanted to win the title outright and not just share it, “there’s definitely pressure but we’ve been working hard, we work day in and day out but we trust what our coaches have taught us and we will work off that,” sophomore outside hitter Leah Swiss said.
Thursday, Nov. 17 vs. Seattle Pacific University
Although the Seawolves came through with a 3-0 overall win, it wasn’t a necessarily easy game. UAA started the game with a quick lead in set one, contributing early on was senior setter Morgan Hooe with quick assists to initiate a strong offense. Furnishing a strong start to the game senior middle blocker Erin Braun stepped in on Hooe’s assists to help rack in the points. Finalizing their first win of the night, the Seawolves ended things up at 25-21.
To the Seawolves disadvantage, SPU slowly caught up while UAA was almost to set point. In the angst of the set closing in, the Seawolves struggled to keep their offense up which resulted in several errors. In a further disadvantage, SPU gained their two errors to tie the game up at 22-22.
After more toggling between the lead, Swiss stepped up to the net for a kill that brought the Seawolves up to set point. To final off their win, duo of Hooe and Braun got in a block that won the set at 28-26. Holding onto their senior and leader status was recognizable by head coach Chris Green
“Morgan and Erin were both spectacular tonight,” Green said.
In attempt to get in the winning set of the night, UAA and SPU stepped back onto the court for set three. With a minor scare half way through the set, the Seawolves were put temporarily behind. After a quick turnaround, UAA struck up a six point streak until a final kill from freshman Vanessa Hayes won the set and the game.
Final of 3-0 (25-21, 28-26, 25-21) won the game for the Seawolves. With this win, the Seawolves official extended a new program record with a total of 28 wins, passing last years 27. In addition, Braun passed 400 block assists and became the first person in the program to ever do so.
Saturday, Nov. 19 vs. Saint Martin’s
Following seven straight wins, the Seawolves remained in Washington to take on rival Saint Martin’s. UAA continues with their 19-1 conference record and with Saint Martin’s 2-18 record, this match was expected to be quick, which was seen in set one.
With the final score resulting in a complete blowout for the Seawolves, their lead excelled early and gave Saint Martin’s and initial eight-point deficit. With Hooe and middle blocker Diana Fa’amausili pairing up early, the duo quickly paired off assists with kills one after another until Saint Martin’s was left far behind.
Closing in on the end of the set, Taylor Noga stepped up to the line to get four successful serves in before Chrisalyn Johnson put in a kill for the set-winning point at 25-12.
With a change of pace, Saint Martin’s put UAA up to the test for the second set. Halfway through the set and Saint Martin’s even surpassed the Seawolves due to their offensive errors putting them in a five-point deficit. Slowly pulling back up, the scores tied at 21-21.
Several rallies continued until the usual 25 point win was surpassed and the game was tied up until 27-27. A kill by Fa’amausili gave the Seawolves the win they needed at 29-27.
Looking to final off the night, UAA and Saint Martin’s stepped up to set three, that resulted in almost a complete replicate of set one. Kyla Militante-Amper stepping in early to start the lead off with four successful serves. Soon, the Seawolves put them into a 5 point deficit. A final four serves from Militante-Amper and a kill from Fa’amausili gave UAA the win at 25-16.
With several strong weekends under their belt, the Seawolves have a new goal approaching: NCAA West Regionals. Head Coach Green looks ahead and plans for that.
“We are working hard not to have a let down as the West Regional approaches. We have a lot of work to do, and hopefully the girls realize that,” Green said.
NCAA West Regional Championships will be held Dec. 1 – Dec. 3.
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For the second straight game, the Seawolves had a 10 point halftime lead and looked to be in complete control. Also like last nigh though, the Seawolves squandered the lead and surrendered a high amount of points against. Tonight, it was the Flyers taking advantage of the UAA breakdown as they outscored the ‘Wolves 49-25 in the second half.
“We came out really hard in the first half and we’re shooting well and had some really good rotations,” said Casey Robinson, who finished the game with 10 points and five boards. “Second half, they came out and hit those three three’s and that hurt us.”
Lewis junior guard Chris McClellan showed just how deadly he can be from deep. McClellan went 6 of 10 from distance and finished with 20 points.
In all, the Flyers had five players reach double figures in scoring.
UAA junior forward Taylor Rohde had 19 points to lead the Seawolves in scoring to go along with five boards.
Senior guard Brandon Walker looked strong in the first half finishing with 11 points. However, his offense stalled as he went 0-8 from the field in the second half. Robinson also was held scoreless in the second half and was noticeably disgruntled after the game.
“I think (Walker and Robinson) are putting way too much pressure on themselves to have success and they’re getting in their own way,” said UAA Head Coach Rusty Osborne. “We’re trying to talk to them about relaxing and letting the game come to them.
“They didn’t lose their talent over the summer and it will come out soon.”
Lewis also got more help from their bench which outscored the Seawolf reserves 29-9. All of those nine points came from junior forward Matt Peterson in 15 minutes of action. The Flyers won the battle of the boards as well outrebounding the Seawolves 37-27.
UAA will get a chance to turn the tides on their early-season woes when they get West Region opponent UC-San Diego in their final game from Anaheim.
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It wasn’t easy by any means, but the UAA Seawolves got another close win over a West Region opponent. The 63-55 victory came against the Grand Canyon Lopes in what was a back in forth battle throughout most of the contest.
UAA saw sophomore forward Alysa Horn break out for a double double and lead the way for the ‘Wolves tonight. Her 14 points and 11 boards were both team highs. She also connected on three of her five three point attempts.
“I say my role (this year) has changed significantly,” Horn said. “I have to focus on the defensive end and on doing things for my teammates.”
Junior forward Kaylie Robison gave her second double double effort in as many tries. She was a once again a force in the paint by putting 11 points and 11 rebounds up on the stat sheet. Senior guard Nikki Aden contributed 12 points in the win in another great individual effort.
For GCU (1-1), the hot play of senior guard Samantha Murphy cooled off in the second half. After the 2010 Pac West Conference Player of the Year went off for 17 points in the first frame, UAA put the clamps down and held her to only two points in the second half.
Lope’s freshman guard Maylinn Smith also had a solid game by putting up 16 points and seven boards for GCU.
The game was a back and forth one with the teams trading leads several times in the first half. However, the second half saw GCU in constant catch-up mode against the green and gold.
UAA (2-0) wouldn’t pull away until the waning seconds when junior forward Hanna Johnannson and Aden both knocked down both of their free throw attempts in their respective trips to the charity stripe.
“(GCU) is as talented as they come,” Moser said. “the win means we can beat anyone, but we have to make sure we don’t prove we can lose to anyone.”
“We beat two predicted conference winners already so we’re right where we need to be right now.”
Next up for the Seawolves is a game with Texas Women’s University. The Pioneers are 0-1 on the season after dropping their first game to GCU 76-69.
UAA Sophomore forward Alysa Horn answered some questions after a 63-55 Seawolf victory over Grand Canyon University.
UAA Women's Head Coach Tim Moser answers some questions after the Seawolves' 63-55 victory over Grand Canyon University.
In what has become a back and forth tilt, the score is 33-31 in favor of UAA at the half here from the 2010 Disney West Coast Tip-Off Classic from the Anaheim Convention Center.
UAA has used a balanced scoring attack while GCU is riding the hot hands of two players.
Senior guard Nikki Aden leads the ‘Wolves with 8 points. Sophomore forward Alysa Horn has also chipped in with 5 points and 6 boards.
Once again, junior forward Kaylie Robison has led the way o the glass for UAA with a game-high eight boards.
For the Lopes, it’s been the Samantha Murphy show. She leads all scorers with 17 points and has gone 4-5 from behind the arc. The senior guard was last years Pac West Conference Player of the Year. UAA will need to find an answer to slow her down.
GCU freshman Maylinn Smith has put up 9 points.
UAA keeps showing their team ability to bring down boards. So far, they are outrebounding the Lopes 23-15.
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UAA Junior forward Kaylie Robison answers some questions after the Seawolves beat UCSD 74-62.
New season, usual suspects for the #13 UAA Seawolves as they got a hard-fought 74-62 win over #11 UC-San Diego in the 2010 Disney West Coast Tip-Off Classic.
Senior guard Nikki Aden and junior forward Hanna Johannson came up big for the ‘Wolves with 18 and 14 points respectively. Johannson also had 10 rebounds for the double-double. Aden grabbed eight boards herself.
Newcomer junior Kaylie Robison introduced herself nicely in a Seawolf jersey getting her own double double 10 points and 10 boards).
Johansson and Robison were able to find their rhythm in the second half and use their size advantage on the undersized Triton defenders.
The win means a lot to the Seawolves as the game will have a very positive effect on West Region rankings as the season wears on. It also was a big win for the Seawolves, a team that is still trying to find their identity according to Head Coach Tim Moser.
UCSD had the brunt of their offense come through sophomore guard Emily Osga and junior guard Daidy Feder who paired up for 41 of the Triton’s 62 points.
However, it was too much size for the Tritons to handle as they saw UAA outrebound them 51-26. UAA also outshot their opponent from the field by shooting 44.3 percent from the field to UCSD’s 32.7 percent.
The Seawolves also effectively shut down UCSD’s 2010 All-CCAA Conference selction Chelsie Carlisle. Carlisle, a junior guard, was held to six points off 3-10 shooting. Moser singled out Carlisle as one of the best players in the West Region as well of all of Division II.
No rest for the Seawolves as they will be back on the court in the first game tomorrow. They will square off with another West Region foe in Grand Canyon. GC was victorious in earlier tournament action against Texas Women’s University 76-69.
Tip off will be at 11 am (AKST) and you can catch all the latest action right here on TNL’s Anaheim page.