ELLENSBURG, Wash. – Shelby Mauritson had 11 kills, nine digs and three blocks Saturday to pace a balanced Central Washington squad as the Wildcats earned a 25-22, 25-18, 25-19 sweep of No. 21 Alaska Anchorage in Great Northwest Athletic Conference volleyball action at Nicholson Pavilion.
The visiting Seawolves (9-6, 4-2 GNAC) were led by a match-high 12 kills from junior outside hitter Chrisalyn Johnson as the two-time defending league champions suffered their first straight-set loss in a GNAC match since Oct. 25, 2014 – snapping a string of 50 without being swept.
The Wildcats (10-4, 5-1), who snapped a 6-match losing streak against UAA, also got nine kills and nine digs from Maggie McTaggart, seven blocks from Sabrina Wheelhouse and 27 digs from libero Kyla Morgan as they outblocked the visitors 15-7.
UAA got off to a fast start behind Johnson, taking a 19-14 lead on one of her four first-set kills. But the Wildcats answered with six straight points and grabbed control at 24-20. The Seawolves repelled two set points on kills by Vanessa Hayes and Tara Melton before McTaggart ended it with a kill.
Hayes finished with a career-high nine kills on .304 hitting, while Melton produced a team-high four block assists, and freshman Jalisa Ingram had a career-high three blocks, including a solo. Libero Keala Kaio-Perez had 16 digs and five assists, and sophomore setter Madison Fisher tallied 15 assists, 14 digs and two kills on three attacks.
The Seawolves are back in action next week when they return to the Alaska Airlines Center to face Simon Fraser (Thur., Oct. 5, 7 pm) and No. 10 Western Washington (Sat., Oct. 7, 7 pm). Call 907-786-1562 for ticket information or visit GoSeawolves.com for more information.
NOTES: Combined with Thursday’s 3-1 loss at No. 12 Northwest Nazarene, Saturday’s defeat marked UAA’s first in back-to-back losses in regular-season matches since 2013 – Oct. 24 (3-1 vs NNU) and Oct. 26 (3-0 vs CWU), 2013 … NNU was the culprit the last time UAA was swept in a GNAC match, Oct. 25, 2014 … the Seawolves are in the midst of a 4-match stretch against teams that qualified for the 2016 NCAA Tournament … the upcoming home match against WWU will be a rematch – including the same location – of last year’s NCAA Div. II West Region final, won in four sets by UAA.