Experienced Wolves sweep Seawolves
The Seawolves (7-4, 2-1 GNAC) suffered their first Great Northwest Athletic Conference loss despite a solid 34-assist, 5-dig, 2-kill effort from senior setter Kimya Jafroudi. The result marked the first time in 22 contests – since Nov. 6, 2010 at Central Washington – that the Seawolves have been swept in a league match.
The Wolves (8-2, 1-0) – virtual co-favorites along with Western Washington in the preseason coaches’ poll – started their GNAC campaign by getting 13 kills and 14 digs from senior outside hitter Danielle Reese, plus 10 kills and 10 digs from Samantha Ward. WOU returns virtually its full team this season from a club that narrowly missed the playoffs in 2011.
After dropping the first two sets, the Seawolves had a golden opportunity with a 12-6 lead in the third before the Wolves roared back to win 11 of the next 12 points. Freshman outside hitter Sarah Johnson brought it back to a 20-20 tie with her sixth and final kill, but WOU would win the next three points and clinch the victory with a kill by Ward on match point.
Junior libero Siobhan Johansen paced UAA defensively with 25 kills in the short affair.
The Seawolves get a chance to regain their momentum Saturday when they travel to Lacey, Wash., to face Saint Martin’s at 6 p.m. ADT.