BURNABY, British Columbia – Leah Swiss had a match-high 14 kills but nothing else went right for the Alaska Anchorage volleyball team Saturday as Simon Fraser earned its first win in series history with a 25-15, 25-22, 25-17 sweep at the SFU West Gymnasium.
The regionally 8th-ranked Seawolves (16-9, 11-5 Great Northwest Athletic Conference) also got a career-high seven kills from freshman Vera Pluharova as they were outhit .322 to .161, while managing just two aces and one block.
Meanwhile, the Clan (13-11, 10-6) used a balanced effort as five players tallied between seven and 10 kills, led by Christine Howlett’s 10 on .364 hitting. The result draws SFU within one match of UAA for fourth place in the league standings and snaps a series-long 15-match losing skid to the Seawolves.
The Seawolves had a chance to make things interesting with a 21-18 late in the second set, but SFU responded with a 7-1 run to take command.
UAA returns home for its final four matches of the regular season at the Alaska Airlines Center, beginning Thursday at 7 p.m. against Western Oregon. Saturday’s match against Concordia-Portland will be the lone GNAC matinee on the Seawolf home slate, set for 1:30 p.m.
NOTES: Swiss served one ace to tie her for No. 2 on UAA’s all-time list with 139, equaling Kasey Kuelper (2000-03) … Pluharova got the start and hit a team-best .556, along with four digs … UAA managed 55 digs against SFU after posting 122 in Thursday’s 4-set loss at No. 8 Western Washington.