Split spells relief for Spikers

Normally, the UAA volleyball team would view a weekend road split as pretty good.

In this case, it was a gift from heaven.

With a win against struggling St. Martin’s, UAA snapped a six-game losing streak and finally kissed goodbye the dubious mark of losing nine of their last ten games. Both were the worst streaks in the last seven years.

The Seawolves (10-11, 4-9 GNAC) needed four games to down the last-place Saints (4-16, 2-11 GNAC) 27-30, 30-26, 30-27, 30-24. It was the first road win for UAA in the Great Northwest Athletic Conference this season. Senior captain Jenny Mitchell set a season mark for kills in a game with 26 and had an outstanding hitting percentage of .523. Middle blocker Mindy Lindquist also pitched in 17 kills. For Lindquist and Mitchell those numbers were career highs. Katina Ozrelic had eight blocks and 12 kills. The Seawolves got huge dig totals from Diana Gordon (31) and Rachel Knecht (27).

The Saints got 11 kills each from Lauren Kreiger and Christy Hurley.

Things weren’t so rosy Friday night when UAA lost to powerhouse and no. 13 Central Washington University (20-0, 12-0 GNAC) for the second time this season, 30-28, 30-20, 30-14. Not a single Seawolf recorded double digits in kills. They were led by Lindquist (9) Mitchell (8), and Gordon (7). The undefeated Wildcats got 14 kills from Christina Null, 13 from LeAnne McGahuey and 12 from LaQue Branch. UAA was hurt in the contest with the loss of leading hitter Carolyn DeKay out with a back injury.

UAA will return home Oct. 29 and 30 for a pair of games against Western Washington and Seattle Pacific.