From 7-5, 5-4 and 4-2, three sets to none, is how the UAA Seawolves beat GNAC powerhouse, Seattle Pacific, tying UAA with Seattle for first place. In that game, Seattle Pacific lost their first place dominance. They quickly retaliated by beating UAF, tying UAA for first place.
Can a team that began close to the bottom of the GNAC rise to the top and take first place? UAA is close to doing just that. Based on their previous years of play, UAA was predicted by the other coaches in the Great Northwestern Athletic Conference in the beginning of the season, to only take seventh in the conference this year. The UAA spikers are getting their revenge by showing doubters that they are a team that needs to be taken seriously and should not be underestimated.
“It is hard to predict something like that, and usually those predictions are based on what happened in the past seasons,” said Head Coach Green. “We have played well enough for the other teams to know that we will be a major [team] in the conference race this year.”
Currently, UAA sits on a six-game winning streak, the longest of the season. The most surprising part of this winning streak is not that it has come around at the end of their season or after they have been together for a long time. The wins have come against some of the toughest opponents in the GNAC.
“We have to continue to improve day by day and match by match to have a chance to win conference,” Green said. “The wins we had recently have helped build a sense of momentum”.
Momentum is what they will need to keep if the Seawolves are to finish the season at the top of the conference. They have five games left in the regular season. Their next two games are against Western Oregon and St. Martin’s University, and are also the final away games of the season.
Western Oregon and St. Martin’s University have both fallen to UAA in the first few days of October at UAA. UAA won the first three sets against both teams.
“Western Oregon and St. Martin’s are two good teams,” Green said. “I think Western Oregon did not play well against us at our place. We will expect them to play a much better match on their home court.”