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UAA volleyball team strikes back after rare loss to move to 11-2 with two matches remaining

  • Author: Anchorage Daily News
  • Updated: April 24
  • Published April 24

The UAA volleyball team didn’t just bounce back from its second loss of the season, it struck back.

Less than 24 hours after their six-game winning streak was snapped by Chaminade University on Friday, the Seawolves retaliated on Saturday by sweeping the Silverswords to get back in the win column.

Led by Eve Stephens’ 16 kills and Ellen Floyd’s 33 assists, UAA downed Chaminade 25-22, 25-21, 25-19 in Hilo, Hawaii.

The Seawolves improved to 11-2 with two matches remaining in their abbreviated spring season. Their last matches are Saturday night against Hawaii-Hilo and Sunday morning against Hawaii Pacific.

UAA is 2-1 through three of its five matches in its season-ending trip to Hawaii. On Friday, the team outlasted Hilo in a five-set thriller 25-23, 25-23, 21-25, 26-28, 16-14, and then absorbed a 25-22, 25-21, 25-19 loss to Chaminade.

The Seawolves haven’t lost back-to-back matches since the end of the 2018 season.

“I’m proud of the way we bounced back from a disappointing loss yesterday,” UAA coach Chris Green said in a release from the school. “Our serve-receive was our best of the season, and Ellen did a nice job with her decisions, especially when to take her chances with attacking.”

Floyd added five kills and six digs while running on offense that hit at a .305 clip — UAA’s best attack percentage in its first three matches of the road trip.

Stephens put down 16 of her 33 attacks for a .303 hitting percentage, and Hannah Pembroke tallied seven on 16 attacks for a team-best .375 percentage. Floyd, with five kills on nine attempts, was right behind at .365.

Stephens had an up-and-down day on Friday, pounding 21 kills and providing the final two points in the five-set win over Hilo but getting a season-low four kills in the loss to Chaminade.

In the fifth set against Hilo, her kill gave UAA a 15-14 lead, and then she teamed up with Vera Pluharova for a match-ending block.

A couple of hours later, the Seawolves returned to the court to face Chaminade in a Friday night match. Pluharova finished with six kills and four blocks and Mahala Kaapuni delivered a career-high 10 kills for the second straight match, but those were about the extend of UAA’s bright spots.

“We just never looked like ourselves from the beginning to the end of that match,” Green said.

In the rematch Saturday morning, UAA was in control most of the way. Kaapuni, a freshman from Hilo, contributed six kills, giving her 26 in three matches in UAA’s first three matches in her hometown.