The UAA Seawolves throughout the preseason and the first handful of regular season games have worked hard to become acquainted and learn to work together as a team, compiling an 8-5 record along the way.
On the road at a tournament in San Diego, the Seawolves encountered a few new problems in their game. They posted 2-2 at the tournament losing to San Bernardino and UC San Diego, but beating Los Angeles and Dominguez Hills.
“We felt pretty good about the first day of our San Diego tournament but played inconsistent on the second day,” head coach Chris Green said. “So we definitely need to play more consistent volleyball to be successful in the GNAC.”
The team has little time to correct any problems before they head out on the road again. They play games in Washington and Montana next week, ending the trip with another match against Montana State Billings.
Before they can even turn their minds back to Montana State, they have to face Central Washington and Western Washington as well as Rocky Mountain. Coach Green’s strategy, however, remains simple: one game at a time.
“They are all good teams with great athleticism, but judging scores is no way to predict the outcome of a game,” Coach Green said. “We are a young team and each match allows us to improve.”
With their conference opener against MSU last Friday, the Seawolves got their first taste of what caliber play they will need to maintain. All of the games before MSU were not in the GNAC conference, but those matches have certainly contributed to the success of the team so far this season.
From here on out, it all counts. The teams that UAA faces next are all conference teams, meaning that every point counts, and that there is no room for error.
Although experience stands in their way, the coaching staff has stressed their utmost confidence in their players, claiming experience is not everything in sports; the Seawolves have athleticism and a desire to win.