UAA volleyball conquers in Oregon

To start the weekend off, the UAA women’s volleyball traveled down to the state of Oregon to compete against two different schools. With a new streak of 4 wins, the Seawolves hold steady in their No. 1 Great Northwest Athletic Conference seeding, as well as their No. 11 Division II rank. With the season soon coming to an end in approximately a month, they Seawolves are showing off their strength and teamwork with two back-to-back wins.

UAA last competed against Concordia and Western Oregon a month ago at the Alaska Airlines Center where UAA won both games 3-0, but to change things up for these games, the Seawolves were hosted as the ‘away’ team on Oregon court.

Although beaten by UAA, Concordia boasts a 8-6 conference record, holding the No. 6 seed, but only No. 25 in Division II. On the other hand, Western Oregon stands at No. 8 with only a 5-9 conference rank.

Friday, Nov. 4 – Concordia in Portland, OR

To kick off the back-to-back games, the Seawolves debuted their weekend in Portland taking on Concordia.

Cutting it close in the beginning of the game, the Seawolves allowed not only set one, but also set two to go into overtime before capping off the two point win rule. The Seawolves, including sophomore outside hitter Chrisalyn Johnson, knew they would be in trouble in they didn’t do anything, “our game against Concordia, started out a little rough. We knew we had to eliminate our serving, hitting, and passing errors in order to win,” she said.

In set one, the Seawolves managed to get by with almost as many attack errors as they had kills, resulting in 10 and 13, respectively. Concordia was a decent amount behind until half way through the set, when they quickly caught up and even passed UAA’s lead temporarily.

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Rounding up towards the end of the set, the power duo of setter Morgan Hooe and middle blocker Diana Fa’amausili stepped up to lead the Seawolves in for the win. With an assist from Hooe, Fa’amausili brought in a kill that allowed the Seawolves to get a win at 26-24.

The second set ran a bit more smoothly than the first. More kills, blocks, digs and less errors. Unfortunately, Concordia was on the same page and kicked their offense into high gear. With an immediate lead from CU, the Seawolves were already five points behind halfway through the set.

Slowly but surely, the Seawolves pulled ahead, with credit to middle blocker Erin Braun blocking the net left to right. CU barely reaching set point by the time UAA was right there. In an impressive comeback, the Seawolves pushed into overtime to let Hooe set Johnson the ball for the set-winning point at 29-27.

Heading into the third — and what could be the final set of the night — the Seawolves discovered early on that they were in for a challenge. Although UAA held the lead for the majority of the set, Concordia prospered to hand the Seawolves their first loss of the night. While UAA managed 14 kills with only 7 attack errors, CU beat them with a total of 16 kills and only 3 attack errors, prompting a score of 23-25.

In order to redeem themselves, the Seawolves pulled in an immediate lead, by nearly 8 points in a short amount of time. With help from Kyla Militante-Amper’s initial four serve streak, the Seawolves got back in the game.

Hooe and Johnson teamed up in the remaining of the set to pull the offense together. Several assists and kills later from the duo, UAA found themselves at set point. Militante-Amper stepped up the line to serve again, with a final service ace, the Seawolves won the set 25-17, and the game at 3-1.

Saturday, Nov. 5 – Western Oregon in Monmouth, OR

To finish up the weekend after their previous win, the Seawolves headed to Monmouth to compete against Western Oregon.

In a rather quick game, the Seawolves prospered in their second win for the weekend at 3-0. To continue their recently cut streak, UAA continued their new streak with this now fourth win in a row.

Although set one ended with WOU earning a higher average of attacks and kills that UAA, the Seawolves actually gained more points off of them due to their attack errors, letting set one end quickly at 25-21. The Seawolves realized they had to correct the weaknesses they suffered from the previous night.

“Our coach believes passing and serving wins games because offense will follow,” Johnson said.

It wasn’t until set two that the Seawolves experienced a turn around in their offensive line, although they started out slow with WOU topping their scores off every couple points, the Seawolves went out with a bang. Incorporated in this strong offensive turn around included a majority of them, 7 Seawolves being able to step up for a kill.

Stepping up to set three, UAA knew they could make it the last one for the night. Just like Johnson said, the team needed to be more consistent with their passing and serving, with that they were already on the right path for set three.

The Seawolves started strong and got a significant lead, but halfway through they slowed down, WOU caught up. In the closest set of the night, UAA found themselves at 25 points, with Western Oregon only one point behind.

With nerves on edge, it wasn’t known if WOU would overtake them and kill everything they earned in the first two sets, but that was quickly dismissed when UAA got their set and game-winning point on Western Oregon’s attack error, ending the set at 26-24.

After two back to back games, the Seawolves added two more wins to their streak. Winning against Concordia 3-1 (26-24, 29-27, 23-25, 25-17) and Western Oregon 3-0 (25-21, 25-19, 26-24).