UAA volleyball team sweeps GNAC match at Simon Fraser to gain road split

The UAA volleyball team salvaged a split of a two-match road series and maintained a share of third place in the Great Northwest Athletic Conference when it swept host Simon Fraser in Burnaby, British Columbia, on Saturday night.

The Seawolves (15-7, 10-4 GNAC), who were swept at league-leading Western Washington on Thursday night, handled the Clan, 25-23, 25-16, 25-21.

After a slow start for the visitors -- Simon Fraser owned a 17-12 lead in the first set, which featured six lead changes -- the Seawolves went on a 7-1 run that seemed to spark them. They never faltered after that and wrapped their second sweep of the Clan this season.

Julia Mackey bombed a match-high 11 kills for UAA on a night when the Seawolves outhit the Clan, .202 to .105.

Nikki Viotto generated nine kills and 11 digs for the Seawolves, who also received nine kills from Jodi Huddleston and five kills from Katelynn Zanders. Siobhan Johansen added 16 digs for UAA, and Kimya Jafroudi furnished 39 assists and three aces. UAA served seven aces and committed just two serving errors.

Jessica Young led Simon Fraser with eight kills and Alanna Chan contributed 15 digs.

The Seawolves have four regular-season matches remaining, all in the GNAC, and close at Central Washington, which is tied with UAA for third in the league behind Western Washington and Western Oregon.

Anchorage Daily News