The beginning was uneven for the 20th ranked UAA Volleyball team. A pair of early season tournaments saw them open uncharacteristically at 4-4. That record looks like a misprint for a program accustomed to winning at a blistering pace in recent seasons.

But the Seawolves are getting used to life without Morgan Hooe and Julia Mackey. To this point, it's been predictably bumpy in spots.

Last weekend may have presented a turnaround as they topped Montana State Billings on the road for their third straight win. Now at 7-4 and 2-0 in conference play, they still have a long way to go to get the machine humming, but they're moving in the right direction.

"The one thing that has been pretty consistent throughout the year has been our serving and passing," said head coach Chris Green, who won his 200th career match in Billings Saturday.  

"We're happy about that part of our game, hopefully, we can continue to serve and pass better than the other team," he said.

UAA will host Saint Martin's on Thursday. Seattle Pacific will be in town Saturday. Both matches begin at 7 p.m. at the Alaska Airlines Center.