UAA volleyball wins weekend home games - Sophomore Chrisalyn Johnson reaches high for a spike against Seattle Pacific University. Photo credit: Young Kim Full view

UAA volleyball wins weekend home games

The UAA women’s volleyball continued their 10-1 season by taking on Saint Martin’s on Friday, Sept. 16 at 7 p.m. and Seattle Pacific on Saturday, Sept. 17 at 7 p.m. The Seawolves came into this weekend ranked 12th in the Division II volleyball standings and took charge of their home field advantage in the Alaska Airlines Center by beating Saint Martin’s and Seattle Pacific both 3-0.

Friday, Sept. 16 v. Saint Martin’s

The Seawolves debuted their first Great Northwest Athletic Conference home game Friday night against Saint Martin’s with an immediate lead in the first set. Senior outside hitter Leah Swiss powered through the first set yielding 5 kills. Senior setter Morgan Hooe came through for her team with an initial 14 assists in the first set.

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Junior Anais Vargas spikes the ball past Saint Martin's two-player block. Photo credit: Jay Guzman

After furnishing a dominance over Saint Martin’s, senior middle blocker Erin Braun finished off the set winning point with a kill, leaving the win at 25-16.

Both teams returned for set two. The Seawolves looking for a second win and Saint Martin’s looking for a new perspective to take on the UAA women.

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Head coach Chris Green and assistant coach Sheldon Carvalho huddle up with the team during a timeout at Friday's game. Photo credit: Jay Guzman

Anticipation was high, neither team had more than a couple point lead for almost the entire second set. Seniors Hooe, Braun and Swiss still maintained high percentages of hits, blocks and assists that kept the Seawolves on their feet and ready to pounce. Furnishing an additional 12 kills during the second set compared to Saint Martin’s 8, the Seawolves were able to pull ahead and acquire their second win at 25-20.

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Outside hitter Leah Swiss goes for the attack against two blockers on the second set versus Saint Martin's. Photo credit: Jay Guzman

Team chemistry played a large role in the Seawolves’ wins.

“I think we are a lot closer this year than we were last year,” sophomore libero Kyla Millitante-Amper said at half time.

Already 2-0, the Seawolves returned after half time for the third set, looking to close out the game. Hooe started the set off with strong serves, yielding UAA with the first 3 points. Slowly, Saint Martin’s caught up the Seawolves lead, following close behind for the majority of the set. Finishing off set three, the Seawolves tallied down another win at 25-20.

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UAA and Saint Martin's shake hands following the Seawolves 3-0 win. Photo credit: Jay Guzman

Seawolves took home the win for the night, beating Saint Martin’s 3-0 (25-16, 25-20, 25-20).

Saturday, Sept. 17 v. Seattle Pacific

The Seawolves returned to the Alaska Airlines Center on Saturday evening with their eyes on a second win for the weekend. Seattle Pacific, with only a 0-1 rank in the conference so far, looked to make this their first win. The Seawolves, on the other hand, furnished their first conference win of the season on Friday night.

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Sophomore Chrisalyn Johnson reaches high for a spike against Seattle Pacific University. Photo credit: Young Kim

The Seawolves immediately show dominance in the first set by scoring 3 points within minutes, with assists from senior setter Morgan Hooe and 2 kills from freshman middle blocker Diana Fa’amausili. Increasing their lead steadily, senior Erin Braun, sophomore Chrisalyn Johnson, and Hooe all contributed even more kills to win the set at 25-18, with 17 kills and 24 digs.

Set two starts off well for the Seawolves again by grabbing the first 3 points. Senior Leah Swiss and Fa’amausili shot down kills each to give the Seawolves a good lead.

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UAA Seawolves congratulate each other after a successful play during a set against Seattle Pacific Univsersity. Photo credit: Young Kim

With an additional 17 kills in a close set, the Seawolves again pulled through with a 25-20 win.

Unlike the other two sets, set three started off slow with Seattle Pacific initially taking the lead. Another kill by Johnson and several digs from Militante-Amper helped keep the Seawolves on their feet.

Seattle Pacific again pulled ahead, keeping a consistent 1 to 2 points on UAA for the majority of the second half of the set. Several more errors from the Seawolves lead Seattle Pacific to a dangerous lead of UAA.

In order to pull themselves back together, several time outs were called on the Seawolves side in the last 10 minutes of the game. Proving to be beneficial, an assist from Hooe and a kill from Johnson sparked a brief lead from the Seawolves until a final kill by junior Keala Kaio-Perez which gave them the point they needed to finish off the set at 27-25 and win the game 3-0.

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Freshman Vanessa Hayes and freshman Diana Fa'amausili go up to block a hit from Seattle Pacific University during Saturday's game. Photo credit: Young Kim

The Seawolves officially won their two first conference games, putting them at 2-0 in GNAC and 12-1 in Division II. Several dominating sets and a couple close calls proved the Seawolves had what it takes to show an immediate undefeated status in the conference.

UAA Women’s Volleyball will continue their feat Thursday, September 22 in Bellingham, Washington taking on Western Washington and again on Saturday, September 24 by traveling to Burnaby, British Colombia to duel down Simon Fraser.

Written by Lauren Cuddihy

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