The UAA volleyball team stunned Western Washington Saturday at the Alaska Airlines Center, toppling the previously unbeaten Vikings 3-1 (25-19. 19-25, 25-20, 26-24).
The victory included an impressive comeback in the fourth and deciding game, where the Seawolves trailed throughout. Western Washington led 15-8 and 19-13 and UAA didn’t hold a lead in the game until a kill by Eve Stephens gave them a 25-24 advantage. Senior outside hitter Vanessa Hayes led the way with 18 kills and Stephens, a sophomore, added 15.
Western Washington (17-1, 9-1 GNAC), was ranked No. 2 in the most recent AVCA coaches poll and had received a pair of first-place votes. The victory pushed the Seawolves record to 13-5 and 8-3 in the GNAC.
Sophomore Ellen Floyd contributed 25 assists and added an ace for UAA. Calley Heilborn paced the Vikings with 16 kills. The Seawolves host UAF on Tuesday at 7 p.m.