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UAA volleyball team loses 3rd straight match at Fairbanks tournament

The UAA volleyball team will return from Fairbanks with a three-match losing streak, its longest winless stretch since the 2013 season.

The Seawolves made 20 attack errors and 17 service errors to open the door for Drury University of Missouri, which rallied for a 20-25, 25-22, 25-18, 25-19 victory Saturday in the Nanook Classic.

The loss came a day after UAA dropped two matches on Friday at the Patty Center.

The setbacks move the Seawolves to 7-5 heading into their first Great Northwest Athletic Conference match of the season Thursday against Saint Martin’s in Lacey, Washington.

”We cannot make that many mistakes and expect to win a match, especially against a quality opponent,” UAA coach Chris Green said in a press release from the school.

UAA had 50 kills against 20 attack errors and 10 aces against 17 missed serves. The miscues allowed Drury (6-2) to come back after a first-set loss. “We need to get refocused this week as we head into conference play.”

Eve Stephens, a junior right-side hitter, led the Seawolves with 14 kills, seven digs and three aces. Senior middle blocker Vera Pluharova supplied eight kills and four blocks, two of them solo efforts; junior outside hitter Lisa Jaunet had 10 kills; freshman outside hitter Mahala Kaapuni had nine kills and junior middle blocker Akor Maywin had six.

UAA hit .236 as a team, but Stephens and Jaunet combined for 15 attack errors.