Home crowd, 6-match winning streak and two Great Northwest Athletic Conference cellar-dwellers means two easy victories for the University of Alaska Anchorage womens volleyball team.
Freshwoman Carolyn DeKay posted 12 kills for the third straight match and junior co-captain Brianne Halling chipped in 10 to power the UAA women over Northwest Nazarene University Oct. 19 at the UAA Sports Center.
The Crusaders, from Nampa, Ida., were out-hit and out-hustled by coach Kim Lauwers crew in losing three straight 30-23, 30-16, 30-18 in front of 431 fans.
UAA jumped out early in the first behind the overly mature play by DeKay before getting a lift at the start of the second game from freshwoman Rebecca Bergman's career-high match-opening streak of four straight aces. Senior co-captain Janelle Veith again set the tempo on offense dishing 32 assists to place her within 267 of Tracy Zink's school mark of 3,791.
Former lady Seawolf hoopster Tiffany Massey saw extended time in the match and led the team with 10 digs to go along with 7 kills and 4 helpers. UAA registered an overall team attack percentage of .286, more than doubling the .115 effort of the NNU crew, who dropped to 4-9 in the GNAC.
DeKay brought the hammer once again with a 12-kill effort for the fourth straight match. Halling and Veith added 11 and 10 winners, respectively, with Veith breaking the all-time school mark for attack percentage of .786 held by April Hydak with her almost-perfect .909 effort as 458 onlookers witnessed one of the senior's best all-around games of the season.
Veith added the usual 34 assists and 4 digs, while Massey picked up the back end for the second straight night to lead the ladies with 11 digs to fill the score sheets with her 6 kills and .417 attack percentage.
The win raised UAA's record to 8-4 in conference and 15-7 overall, solidifying their second place standing and tie with UAF. The Redhawks record dropped to 3-11 in GNAC play and 8-16 overall, ending their weekend with two losses to Alaska schools after UAF handed them a 4-game loss Oct. 19 at the Carlson Center.
Megan Kaysinger led Seattle with 12 kills, but also had 7 attack errors. Cassey Hussey ran the offense to the tune of 38 assists and 3 aces, but the `Hawks were out-hit .360 to .190 by the `Wolves and committed 22 attack errors and 10 service errors to seal their fate. Up next for the UAA women are Humboldt St. Lumberjacks and Western Oregon Wolves Oct. 26-27 at the Sports Center.