In its first match after the dismissal of two key gamers, the UAA volleyball group rallied to win the ultimate two units and pull out a comeback victory over Simon Fraser on Thursday on the Alaska Airways Middle.
The Seawolves gained the match 25-18, 21-25, 18-25, 25-21, 15-9 to halt a two-match dropping streak and enhance to five-2 within the Nice Northwest Athletic Convention and 10-7 general.
UAA performed with out proper aspect hitter Diana Fa’amausili and setter Madison Fisher, sophomore starters who have been dismissed from the workforce for a violation of staff guidelines, coach Chris Inexperienced stated. He declined to say what rule they broke, calling it a “group matter.”
After dropping the second and third units, UAA gained a again-and-forth fourth set that featured 5 lead modifications and 9 ties.
Within the fifth set the Seawolves burst out to a 5-zero lead behind two aces by junior outdoors hitter Leah Swiss, who additionally thundered the ultimate kill of the match.
“A gritty win,” Inexperienced stated. “We simply stored grinding and swinging at it and we have been capable of get a couple of balls to hit the bottom.
“I am very pleased with this workforce for this win.”
With the absence of Fa’amausili, the reigning GNAC freshman of the yr, and Fisher, one of many group’s two main setters, three Seawolves have been pressured to step up.
Senior outdoors hitter Anais Vargas and junior center blocker Tara Melton every provided a profession-excessive 9 kills, and freshman Casey Davenport notched 36 assists, eleven digs and 4 kills in her first match with out sharing duties with Fisher.
Chrisalyn Johnson delivered thirteen kills and 18 digs to steer the Seawolves, who for the primary time this season used a 5-1 rotation, which makes use of 5 hitters and one setter, versus a 6-2 that makes use of six hitters and two setters.
“You noticed I feel we nonetheless have choices on the market,” Inexperienced stated. “Casey did an excellent job operating the 5-1 and she or he’s an offensive menace within the entrance row.”
Vargas stated it was good for UAA to get a win coming from behind. The Seawolves have struggled to shut out matches at occasions this season.
“It’s onerous to lose two video games in a row and that is only a massive increase for our workforce,” Vargas stated. “It is nice to know we’re greater than able to coming again and having that grit.”