A week after one of its biggest victories in program history, the UAA volleyball team has come crashing down to earth.
The Seawolves, whose nine-match winning streak ended on Thursday, lost again on Saturday, falling 25-23, 25-14, 25-20 to Central Washington at the Wells Fargo Sports Complex.
It's the first time UAA has lost back-to-back matches at home since 2007, the season before coach Chris Green joined the team and turned it into a winner.
Last Saturday, UAA completed an undefeated run through the first half of the Great Northwest Athletic Conference season, running its league mark to 9-0 by upending nationally ranked Western Washington on the road.
Outside hitter Julia Mackey injured her knee in the match and hasn't played since. That's a critical loss, because Mackey is the team's second-leading hitter (3.23 kills per set, a shade behind Katelynn Zanders and a full kill ahead of the team's third-leading hitter) and fifth-leading blocker.
Zanders came through as usual Saturday, notching 11 kills and 12 digs for her eighth double-double of the season and her third straight.
One of her kills cut Central's first-set lead to 24-23, but Erin Smith answered with a kill to deliver victory to the Wildcats in the closest set of the night.
The Wildcats (11-8 overall, 7-4 GNAC) outhit UAA .237 to .107. They had 60 digs to UAA's 49 and got 14 kills from Rachel Hanses and 16 digs from Lauren Herseth.
Senior setter Siobhan Johansen handed out 24 assists to become the 10th setter in school history to surpass the 1,500-assist mark; she has 1,515. Johansen also contributed 11 digs. Quinn Barker had 14.
UAA (15-8, 9-2) hit the road this week for a Thursday match against Saint Martin's and a Saturday match against Western Oregon.
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