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UAA spikers beat Billings to hold onto third place

UAA's Sarah Johnson and Jodi Huddleston racked up double figures in kills Saturday, including crucial back-to-back attacks in the pivotal set of a four-set volleyball victory at Montana State-Billings.

The 25-19, 19-25, 25-23, 25-19 win keeps the Seawolves in third place in the Great Northwest Athletic Conference. UAA (12-5 overall, 7-2 GNAC) opens the second half of conference play this week with a pair of home matches.

Both Johnson and Huddleston had big matches. Johnson, a freshman from Anchorage, posted her sixth double-double of the season with a team-high 12 kills and 13 digs, and Huddleston, a junior from Scottsbluff, Neb., furnished 10 kills and three blocks, one of them a solo effort.

But their biggest contributions may have come at the end of the third set with the score tied 23-23 and both teams fighting to claim the advantage after splitting the first two sets.

A kill by Huddleston put UAA in the lead and a kill by Johnson delivered set point.

The Seawolves claimed a big edge at the service line, where it outscored Billings 8-2. Sophomore Jordan Bush served three aces and Johnson served two.

Freshman middle blocker Breanne Sytnyk continued to impress with six kills and a team-best .385 attack percentage.

Julie Mackey added 11 kills and three players joined Johnson in double figures for digs -- Siobhan Johansen (15), Nikkie Viotto (12) and Kimya Jafroudi (12). Jafroudi also 41 assists and four kills.

The Yellowjackets (8-9, 5-4) were led by 12 kills apiece from Jody Lutz and Monica Grimsrud.

UAA goes for its third straight win, and its sixth in seven matches, Thursday against Saint Martin's at the Wells Fargo Sports Complex. The Seawolves host Western Oregon on Saturday.

 


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