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Western Washington volleyball team sweeps UAA at home

A nationally ranked volleyball team snapped UAA's home-court winning streak Saturday night.

Western Washington, the No. 16 team in the nation, swept the Seawolves 25-19, 25-19, 25-18 to end UAA's 16-match winning streak at the Wells Fargo Sports Complex.

It was Western's first win in Anchorage since 2008 and UAA's first three-set loss at home since 2009.

Marlayna Geary, Western Washington's dominating outside hitter, piled up 16 kills and 15 digs to lead the Vikings (14-2 overall, 7-1 Great Northwest Athletic Conference). She hit .387 with four errors on 31 attack attempts.

UAA (10-5, 5-2 GNAC) countered with a balanced offense that featured nine kills apiece from Julia Mackey and Katelynn Zanders, a pair of freshmen from Anchorage. Middle blockers Breanne Sytnyk and Jodi Huddleston had six kills apiece, with Sytnyk adding three blocks.

Other leaders for UAA included Kimya Jafroudi, who handed out 30 assists and came up with 12 digs, and Siobhan Johansen, who tallied a team-high 18 digs.

Geary got help from Kelsey Moore, who ripped 12 kills, and Samantha Hutchinson, who had 26 digs.

Things won't get easier when the Seawolves hit the road for a pair of GNAC matches this week that will mark the midway point of conference season. They play defending GNAC champion Seattle Pacific on Thursday and Montana State-Billings on Saturday.

Seven of the team's final 11 matches are on the road.


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