The primary time the College of Alaska Anchorage and Seattle Pacific College volleyball groups confronted off this season, the Falcons gave the surging Seawolves all they might deal with in a match that went the right down to the wire in 5 units.

That match happened final month in Washington however the second and last assembly between the 2 Nice Northwest Athletic Convention foes was performed within the Final Frontier on Thursday evening and wasn’t almost as shut. UAA swept SPU 3-0 (25-18, 25-15, 25-13) on the Alaska Airways Heart to keep up an unbeaten convention document.

“The competitors is actually excessive so that you all the time come out prepared for battle,” UAA star outdoors hitter Eve Stephens mentioned. “To only win in three and get it over with feels actually good as a result of it’s all our laborious work put on the market.”

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The Seawolves’ win accomplished a daily season sweep of their convention foes, prolonged UAA’s spectacular profitable streak to 12 straight matches whereas snapping the Falcons’ win streak at 5 straight.

“That they had been on a sizzling run for the previous couple video games in order that they had been actually on a excessive,” UAA standout setter Ellen Floyd mentioned. “Popping out and instantly shutting that down was a extremely necessary step for us in that first set after which it simply flowed straightforward from there.”

The Seawolves frontcourt was an absolute brick wall, out-blocking their opponents by a landslide 22 block assists to only two by the Falcons. Their glorious serving was additionally a significant key to their victory.

“We saved their offense from actually getting on monitor and once they did get an excellent move, we had an excellent blocking evening,” UAA coach Chris Inexperienced mentioned. “We didn’t see what we noticed in Seattle due to our harder serving and since we blocked even higher than we did (in that match).”

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The Seawolves had been led by Stephens and Floyd in a swift victory during which they managed the match from begin to end. Stephens completed with the group lead in kills with 13 and tied fellow senior Talia Leauanae for the lead in aces with three.

“Being in a entrance row making an attempt to dam is far simpler when you’ve got a tricky serve and I feel we served rather well tonight,” Stephens mentioned. “We solely actually needed to deal with two hitters at a time.”

Floyd recorded a double-double by main the group with 24 assists and 11 digs. She additionally tallied 5 kills and was a drive courtroom with as season-high 5 complete blocks which included the group’s solely solo block.

“When she’s within the entrance row, the opposite group needs to be involved about her attacking on the second contact and that opens up our hitters a bit bit,” Inexperienced mentioned. “She distributed the ball nicely and made some good defensive performs.”

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Floyd actually laid all of it out on the road for the Seawolves within the GNAC showdown. She almost flipped over the media desk in a diving try and maintain the ball in play in the course of the second set.

“When we have now a tricky serve, it actually helps as a result of it helps us deal with who’s going to be getting the ball on the opposite aspect after which we are able to clamp down on them,” Floyd mentioned.

UAA is now the ninth-ranked group in teh nation, the house followers in attendance had been loud and proud and supplied the UAA with loads of power and assist to feed off of.

“It’s all the time good to be taking part in at residence,” Inexperienced mentioned. “I feel the gang all the time helps us. I don’t understand how many individuals had been right here however it was loud at instances.”

UAA Seawolves volleyball
UAA Seawolves volleyball
UAA Seawolves volleyball

Stephens admitted that the stress of taking part in in entrance a house crowd generally is a little “nerve-wracking” at instances however loves the “fixed assist” they obtain.

“They’re like an extension of our group,” Floyd mentioned. “We’ve got six on the courtroom however however then we have now greater than that as a result of we have now the entire fanbase backing us which is very nice. You’re feeling the assist on the courtroom in addition to off the courtroom.”

Inexperienced believes that this resounding win will present the group with much more confidence heading into the second half of their spherical robin convention schedule with one other GNAC coming to city on Saturday in Montana Billings State.

“We simply must maintain getting higher because the season goes on and hopefully we’re bettering as quick or quicker than our opponents,” he mentioned.

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