Sputtering spikers

The University of Alaska Anchorage volleyball team is hitting the skids. Hard.

After starting out the year 8-2, the Seawolves have lost eight of their last nine matches and five in a row. The weekend of Oct 15 and 16 only added to the misery as UAA lost to conference rivals Seattle University and Northwest Nazarene.

It is the longest losing streak in the last four years and also the worst in Kim Lauwers’ seven years as head coach.

Friday night, UAA (9-10, 3-8 GNAC) lost in four games to the Redhawks 30-23, 16-30, 30-18, 30-20. UAA got a solid performance from Carolyn DeKay who slammed 19 kills, moving her into seventh place all time in the Seawolf record books. Michelle Boeckman and Rachel Knecht pitched in 17 and 27 digs respectively.

Seattle University’s (10-8, 8-2 GNAC) leading hitters were Sarah Sommerman (20 kills, 16 digs) and Lizzy Safranski (13 kills, 18 digs.)

Saturday, UAA fell again 23-30, 30-21, 30-23, 30-26. Senior Jenny Mitchell had one of the best games of her career with 17 kills, 16 digs and not a single attack error with a .459 attack percentage. DeKay added 16 kills and setter Bethan Murphy had 43 assists. The Seawolves set a season high in digs as a team with 114 including 27 from Diana Gordon and 25 from Knecht

The Crusaders (10-8, 5-6 GNAC) were led by Lindsay Miller (19 kills, 17 digs) and Aubrey Harrington (47 assists.)

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UAA will next have to face Central Washington, who has already beaten UAA once this season, and St. Martin’s Oct. 22 and 23.