Seawolves show resilience, win against Central Washington

Siobhan Johansen, junior setter and defensive specialist, keeps the ball in play during the fifth set of Thursday’s game. (Photos by Paul "Alex" Gabbert)

The Seawolf volleyball team notched a gutsy victory against the Central Washington Wildcats from Ellensberg, Thursday night.

The victory came after the Seawolves allowed the Wildcats to come back from being down two sets. A resilient performance in the fifth set gave the Seawolves a 25-19, 25-21, 26-28, 17-25, 15-10 win.

Freshman outside hitters Julia Mackey and Sarah Johnson led the team in kills with 16 apiece.

Senior setter Kimya Jafroudi distributed 59 assists, which was more than the Wildcats registered as a team.

Junior setter and defensive specialist Siobhan Johansen totaled a team-high 19 digs.

The Seawolves were in position to finish the Wildcats in the third set. They pushed the set to a 26-26 tie, but dropped the next two points. The Seawolves were tested so close to the sweep, having to fight off the Wildcats in a fifth set, but ultimately came out victorious.

Freshman outside hitter Katelynn Zanders, who finished the game with 15 kills, summed up what helps the Seawolves in close games.

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“It’s more mental than physical,” said Zanders.

Zanders also mentioned the importance of the raucous home court crowd that was doing the wave and stomping the floor throughout the game.

“They get us going while we’re down,” said Zanders, “We feed off of their energy.”

Freshman outside hitter Sarah Johansen, Jordan Bush, sophomore defensive specialist and libero, and Siobhan Johansen, junior setter and defensive specialist, prepare to fight off the Wildcats.

Having that mental edge and crowd support is going to be crucial for the Seawolves.

There’s a popular motto in sports that calls for teams to bend, but not break. The Seawolves did just that Thursday night.

The Seawolves will be on the road for their next two games, but they will be back to the Wells Fargo Center to face the University of Alaska-Fairbanks September 29 at 7 p.m.