Seawolves bounce back for road win

Two days after losing its first road match in Great Northwest Athletic Conference play this season, the UAA volleyball team snapped back Saturday with its first GNAC road win with a sweep at Saint Martin's.

The Seawolves prevailed, 25-10, 25-22, 25-15, in Lacey, Wash.

Freshman Sarah Johnson led the Seawolves with 12 kills and eight digs, with Jodi Huddleston and Marueen Sabado combining for 15 kills on .361 hitting, and furnishing eight block assists.

Overall, the Seawolves (8-4, 3-1 GNAC) hit .269 to Saint Martin's .046, outblocking the Saints 8-3.

Teilissa Tua led the Saints (3-4, 1-1) with seven kills, and Halee Hernandez dished 11 assists. The closest the Saints came to taking a set was when they rallied for four straight points to tie at 22-22 late in the second set, but a Saints service error, followed by an ace from UAA's Kimya Jafroudi, set up a set-sealing kill by Johnson.

Sophomore defensive specialist Jordan Bush set the tone early for UAA, serving a career-high three aces in a dominant first set. The Seawolves raced to a 10-4 lead in the third set, only to allow the Saints to rally for a 10-10 tie. Consecutive kills by Huddleston made it 12-10 in UAA's favor, however, and the Seawolves didn't trail again.

Jafroudi stayed on pace with her season average of 11 assists per set, finishing with a team-high 33 helpers to go with eight digs and two kills. Bush and libero Siobhan Johansen each contributed 12 digs.

The Seawolves will next entertain UAF (2-8, 0-4), Saturday at the Wells Fargo Sports Complex.

Anchorage Daily News