The UAA volleyball team's first road match of the Great Northwest Athletic Conference season didn't go so well Thursday -- the Seawolves fell 25-19, 25-20, 25-22 to Western Oregon in Monmouth, Ore.
After Western Oregon (8-2, 1-0 GNAC), won the first two sets handily, the Seawolves (7-4, 2-1 GNAC) rebounded to start the third set on a 12-6 run. The lead dissipated, however, and the teams were tied 20-20 before Western Oregon closed on a 5-2 run.
The loss was the first in GNAC play for the Seawolves, who began conference play with two five-set victories in Anchorage last week, and snapped their six-match winning streak.
Western Oregon has won four of the last five meetings with UAA, but the sweep was the first the Seawolves have suffered to any league opponent in 22 matches.
Senior setter Kimya Jafroudi led the Seawolves with 34 assists, five digs and two kills. Freshman Katelynn Zanders chipped in 11 kills and junior Siobhan Johansen made 25 digs. The Seawolves struggled to find consistent rhythm throughout, often missing badly on attacks.
Overall, the Wolves outhit UAA .267 to .137, committing nine hitting errors to the Seawolves' 21. Danielle Reese led Western Oregon with 13 kills and 14 digs. Samantha Ward added 10 digs and 10 kills, including the one that sealed the match.
UAA continues its road trip Saturday in Lacey, Wash., with a match against Saint Martin's. The Seawolves own an eight-match win streak against Saint Martin's that dates back to 2007, with four of those wins coming in Lacey.