Seawolves face #4 BYU-Hawaii
ANCHORAGE – Make no mistake, UAA has an uphill climb. The Seawolves are decided underdogs in Thursday’s first round match in the NCAA Division II Volleyball Tournament.
The excitement of making the tournament as an at-large invitee has been replaced with the task of focusing on upsetting the nation’s 4th ranked team, BYU-Hawaii. The match begins at 1:30 p.m. on the campus of Cal State Bernadino.
The BYU-Hawaii Seasiders enter the tournament as the #2 seed behind the host and have won 17 straight matches. Their only loss came back on Sept. 26 in 5 sets to Hawaii Pacific. And it was the only time they played a 5-set match all season.
UAA and BYU-Hawaii scrimmaged in August. The Seasiders won in 3 close sets.
“We played them in the pre-season and we know what they’re like,” said Julia Mackey, the sophomore outside hitter from Fairbanks. “Now the rematch is huge and that gives us a lot of motivation for the game.”
Like most teams entering the NCAA Tournament, the Seawolves came in playing well, having swept Simon Fraser. Then they went on the road and did the same to Montana State Billings and Seattle Pacific.
And now the goal is to do what this tournament is all about — get hot at the right time and surprise people.
Head Coach Chris Green is making his 4th trip in 5 years. He’s confident the 7th seed can make some noise.
“Post season is a new season; we’re exited to be there and we’ll see what we can do,” he said.