Sweep keeps UAA volleyball team perfect in GNAC

The streaking UAA volleyball team made short work of visiting Saint Martin's on Saturday night, steamrolling to a Great Northwest Athletic Conference sweep that extended the league-leading Seawolves' winning streak to six matches.

The winning streak is UAA's longest in the GNAC ,dating back to 2001.

The Seawolves worked the Saints, 25-14, 25-18, 25-20, in just 81 minutes at the Wells Fargo Sports Complex.

UAA (12-6, 6-0 GNAC) delivered a hitting exhibition, getting 11 kills from Julia Mackey, 10 from Katelyn Zanders, eight from Brooke Pottle and seven from Maureen Sabado in front of a crowd of 521. The Seawolves made just eight hitting errors on 90 attempts for a .367 hitting percentage.

Mackey's double-figure kill total was her 11th such performance this season.

Siobhan Johansen (21 assists) and Morgan Hooe (10 assists) orchestrated that offense.

Contributions abounded from throughout UAA's lineup. Pottle and Quinn Barker each furnished 10 digs, Jodi Huddleston delivered five block assists and Sarah Johnson chipped in three of the Seawolves' eight aces.

Kristyn Ross paced the Saints (5-12, 1-4 GNAC) with 11 kills.

UAA extended its winning streak over Saint Martin's to 11 matches, its most consecutive wins against any conference opponent in a GNAC era that dates back to 2001.

Next, they travel to Fairbanks to play rival UAF (3-14, 2-4). The Nanooks beat visiting Western Oregon in four sets Saturday.

The only unbeaten team in GNAC play besides UAA is No. 9-ranked Western Washington (11-1, 4-0), which entertains the Seawolves on Oct. 19. That trip to Bellingham is part of a two-match road trip for UAA that opens Oct. 17 at Simon Fraser in Burnaby, British Columbia.


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