The home-court advantage came through again Saturday night for the UAA volleyball team, which used precision hitting to win its third straight match at the Alaska Airlines Center.
The Seawolves breezed past Northwest Nazarene 25-7, 25-20, 25-18 in front of a crowd of 1,056. The match was the last in a three-game homestand, and in each one of them the Seawolves racked up an attack percentage higher than .300.
Kayla McGlathery and Eve Stephens each slammed 11 kills to spark UAA, which hit .305 as a team with 39 kills against 10 errors. McGlathery, a middle hitter who made 17 attacks with two errors, was the most effective hitter of the match with a .529 attack percentage.
"Any time you’re able to hit over .300, it means you’re doing the right things fundamentally,” UAA coach Chris Green said after the match.
The Seawolves moved to 10-4 overall and 5-1 in the Great Northwest Athletic Conference. Northwest Nazarene, which was coming off a win in Fairbanks, dropped to 6-7, 2-4.
Six Seawolves were in on blocks and five had five or more digs to douse NNU’s offense, which struggled to a .065 attack percentage with 21 kills against 15 hitting errors. McGlathery had a match-high four block assists and Talia Leauanae had a match-high 12 digs for the Seawolves.
The Seawolves also got a boost at the service line, where they served 10 aces. Maggie Schlueter had three and Leauanae and Stephens had two apiece.
UAA is on the road next week for a Thursday match at Concordia-Portland and a Saturday match at Western Oregon.