UAA volleyball team suffers costly loss in final home match

Seattle Pacific ended UAA's hopes for a fourth straight trip to the NCAA Division II volleyball playoffs and spoiled Senior Night for the Seawolves by taking a four-set win Saturday at the Wells Fargo Sports Complex.

The Falcons stopped UAA 25-16, 21-25, 25-21, 25-23 with a balance offense that saw five players tally at least eight kills apiece.

Julia Mackey and Sarah Johnson both tallied double-doubles and Nikkie Viotto and Jordan Bush both registered career-highs in digs with 24 apiece for the Seawolves.

Viotto, of Eagle River, was one of two seniors honored before the match, which marked UAA's final home appearance of the season. Also recognized was setter Kimya Jafroudi, a mainstay all season who was limited Saturday by a sprained ankle that kept her out of a match on Thursday.

UAA's offense struggled with Jafroudi playing sparingly, but Viotto and Jordan stepped up with great back-court defense to keep their team in the match. Viotto topped her previous best for digs by four and Martin had 10 more than her previous best.

Mackey, a freshman from Fairbanks, recorded the first double-double of her college career with 12 kills and 10 digs. Johnson, a freshman from Anchorage, posted her team-leading ninth double-double with 11 kills and 12 digs.

The loss eliminated the Seawolves (16-8, 11-5 GNAC) from title contention in the Great Northwest Athletic Conference race. A win would have put them in a three-way tie for second place, but the loss dropped them to fourth place.

For the Falcons (13-12, 10-6), the victory avenged a five-set home loss to UAA last month. They were led by Cailin Fellows' 12 kills and nine digs.

UAA wraps up the season this week with road matches Thursday at Northwest Nazarene and Central Washington on Saturday.



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