The UAA volleyball team rolled to its eighth straight win Thursday night to set up the match of the season Saturday in the Great Northwest Athletic Conference.
The Seawolves overcame slow starts in each of the first two sets to grab a 25-21, 25-22, 25-14 win over Simon Fraser in Burnaby, British Columbia.
Julia Mackey pounded 13 kills and Maureen Sabado crushed a career-high 11 to lead UAA (14-6 overall, 8-0 GNAC). Siobhan Johansen fueled the offense with 26 assists and three service aces.
With the win, UAA joins Western Washington as the only undefeated teams in the GNAC. The teams meet Saturday in Bellingham, Wash., where the seventh-ranked Vikings (14-1, 8-0) on Thursday swept UAF.
UAA coach Chris Green twice used timeouts to his team's advantage against Simon Fraser.
The Seawolves trailed 8-2 in the first set when Green called his first timeout. The team responded by going on a 10-4 run that tied the match.
In the second set, UAA was down 10-4 when Green called his second timeout. The Seawolves again responded, outscoring Simon Fraser 15-5 to tie the match.
UAA never trailed in the third set, taking a 16-6 lead and finishing with Sabado's kill for match point.
Sabado was on fire throughout. The junior from Kodiak was errorless on 16 attack attempts for a career-high hitting percentage of .688.
UAA's Erin Braun helped put a roof on Simon Fraser's offense with two solo blocks and five block assists. Brooke Pottle added seven kills and 14 digs, and Katelynn Zanders had seven kills and eight digs.
Simon Fraser (7-6, 2-5) was led by nine kills from outside hitter Devon May and 12 digs from Alanna Chan.
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