Seawolves fall to 16th ranked Vikings

Katelynn Zanders, freshman outside hitter and middle blocker , spikes the ball suring the third set of Saturday night's game against the Wester Washington Vikings from Bellingham, Washington. (Photo by J. Almendarez)

The Seawolf volleyball team couldn’t find their groove Saturday night. As a result, the Seawolves suffered a loss at the hands of the Western Washington University Vikings.

The Seawolves weren’t able to figure the Vikings out. Every time the momentum started to shift their way, the Vikings managed to steal it back. Not even the fiery home court crowd could help the Seawolves avoid the 19-25, 19-25, 18-25 loss.

Senior setter Kimya Jafroudi racked up 30 assists and her 12 digs were the second most for the Seawolves. Junior setter Siobhan Johansen’s 18 digs led the team.

Freshman outside hitters Julia Mackey and Katelynn Zanders shared the team high in kills by totaling nine apiece.

Freshman libero Lindsey Logan and sophomore middle blocker Maureen Sabado were both nursing injuries that kept them sidelined Saturday night.

The Seawolves may not have gotten the win, but they didn’t leave the gym a defeated team. Freshman outside hitter Sarah Johnson believes the team will learn from the loss and give the Vikings a better game next time around.

“We weren’t playing our best volleyball,” said Johnson. “We want to come back next time we play them and use [the loss] against them.”

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Johnson doesn’t think the team will forget how Saturday night felt. Instead they will use it as motivation moving forward.

The Seawolves’ next step from here will be having a productive practice.

“We need to practice playing harder,” said Johnson. “We also need to work on the little things like passing and serving.”

Nikkie Viotto, freshman outside hitter and defensive specialist, keeps the ball in play during Staurday night’s game.

The Seawolves hadn’t given up a loss at home all year until the Vikings came to town. And, despite the loss, the Seawolves remain third in the GNAC standings.

The Seawolves will return home Oct. 18 when they take on Saint Martin’s University at the Wells Fargo Center at 7 p.m. Only two days later — Oct. 20—they’ll face Western Oregon University at the same time and place.