The Seawolves got off on the wrong foot in their debut game in the Great Northwest Athletic Conference. The University of Alaska Anchorage women's volleyball team rebounded from a tough loss at Western Oregon Sept. 20 with a four-game win Sept. 22 at Humboldt (Calif.) St.
Thursday night the Wolves of Western beat the Seawolves 30-22, 30-22 and 30-25 behind the strong play of outside-hitters Tiffany Thorkildson and Gwen Kreitzberg. The two tallied 26 kills, 26 digs and a combined attack percentage of .300.
Junior co-captain Brianne Halling led the Seawolves with 12 kills. Senior transfer Marise Knock continued to load up the box score, supporting Halling's injury-shortened effort with nine kills and 16 digs. Senior co-captain Janelle Veith led the team once again with 35 assists and chipped in 13 digs, but it wasn't enough.
Throughout the match the Seawolves had problems communicating, committing nine service-reception errors and totaling a meager team attack-percentage of .173.
UAA's record slipped to 7-4, 0-1 in the GNAC.
Western raised their record to 6-5 overall and 3-1 in conference.
The women rallied to turn it around Saturday night, Sept. 24, in Arcata, Calif.
A day's rest did wonders for the Seawolves, all though it wasn't apparent in the first game.
Humboldt St. opened the match with a 30-26 win before losing the final three games 30-23, 30-25 and 31-29.
The Seawolves played better as a team Saturday, with increasing efforts evident in the box score. Halling, a Bakersfield, Calif. native, had some help on the attack as freshman outside-hitter Carolyn DeKay (Chugiak H.S.) tied her with a team-high 16 kills. Halling's match-high attack-percentage of .424 paced the women along with her three blocks.
Knock, the Brazilian junior national team alum, continued to show that age is nothing but a number, 29 in her case, slamming home 10 kills, five assists and 21 digs. Veith made it all happen for the women, registering 49 assists, six kills and 10 digs.
The entire Seawolves roster had an entry in the books as the wealth was spread all night long.
Sophomore outside-hitter Michelle Garvin (Service H.S.) made up for her .000 attack-percentage goose egg in Thursday's match with nine kills and an A.P. of .250 to go along with 13 digs and three aces. Sophomore defensive specialist Kirsten Hunley (Dimond H.S.) tallied four aces against Humboldt, giving her six on the weekend to lead the ladies.
Freshman middle-blocker Jenny Mitchell quietly chipped in seven kills sharing time with senior Tiffany Massey in the wake of Halling's injury.
Outside-hitter Rachael Halverson led the Lumberjacks with 18 kills and 14 digs, while middle-blocker Joella Schiepan brought the pain from the outside with 17 kills.
The win raised the Seawolves record to 8-4 overall and evened their conference record at 1-1. The Lumberjacks fell to 3-11 overall and 0-5 in GNAC play.
The `Wolves finish the road trip with a Monday night game at Seattle University. The match is a rescheduling of the Sept. 13 postponement due to the recent events in New York City and Washington, D.C.
The Seawolves next home match is Friday, Sept. 28 at 7 p.m. at the UAA Sports Center against Seattle Pacific.