Hilo sends UAA spikers home with a loss

The UAA volleyball team was on the wrong end of another sweep Saturday, dropping a three-set decision to Hawaii-Hilo to wrap up a season-opening trip to Hawaii.

Hilo triumphed 25-22, 26-24, 25-20 to send the Seawolves home with a 1-2 record that includes a sweep of Chaminade and three-set losses to Hilo and BYU-Hawaii.

"It's very disappointing that we're 1-2," said sixth-year coach Chris Green, who has led the Seawolves to five straight winning seasons. "We had a little hit-around before the game and we were flat, and I tried to mention to them they only have 28 more opportunities to step on the court and play this game, and we stayed flat."

UAA had a solid .265 attack percentage and got 11 kills from sophomore outside hitter Julia Mackey and eight from sophomore outside hitter Katelynn Zanders, who also had eight digs.

But Hilo hit a sizzling .349, an effort led by a pair of freshmen -- Marley Strand-Nicoliasen (20 kills) and Kyndra Trevino-Scott (10 kills with no errors).

"We just didn't show up to play," Green said. "We served easy and they passed the ball to the setter. Their hitters were not that dynamic, just consistent."

UAA held leads late in each of the first two sets and even had a shot at set-point in the second one, taking a 24-23 lead. But Hilo prevailed with three straight points, two of them coming on Strand-Nicoliasen kills.

Quinn Barker tallied 17 digs and Erin Braun had a hand in four blocks to lead UAA defensively. Maureen Sabado added seven kills, and newcomer Brooke Pottel chipped in six kills and six digs. Siobhan Johansen dished 24 assists, and Morgan Hooe contributed 16.

The Seawolves make their home debut Thursday with a match against American International, the first of three days of volleyball at the Wells Fargo Sports Complex.

"We just need to find a way to be consistent, and I think that starts with practice, being consistent at practice from day to day," Green said. "So Monday and Tuesday, it's important that everyone shows up to practice at a high level."

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