The road isn’t always kind — even in Hawaii.

 

The 14th-ranked University of Alaska Anchorage Seawolves volleyball team immediately discovered its season opener against Brigham Young University-Hawaii would be no vacation.

 

The Seasiders (0-1) came out firing taking the first set 25-22. But UAA rebounded with a strong second set to sweep the next three 25-7, 25-18 and 25-17 and the match at the Canon Center on the North Shore of Oahu.

 

UAA (1-0) picked up 12 kills apiece from Leah Swiss and Chrisalyn Johnson while Kyla Militante-Amper recorded 18 digs. UAA also had 9 aces.

 

“We saw some pretty good offense in game two,” UAA Head Coach Chris Green said by phone after the match. “Now we just have to figure out how to be consistent with that. And defensively we’re a pretty good team. It’s trying to now get our hitters to connect and get some kills.”

 

But there is concern. After all, the team has seven new players. A nice road win should help.

 

“I think our young players just don’t have that confidence that we had with the three seniors we lost. So hopefully throughout the season that builds.” said Green.

 

They’ll test it right away. The Hawaii trip continues on Friday in Honolulu with a match against Chaminade. Then, Saturday UAA plays Hawaii Pacific.

 

 

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