In what could be a case of the rich getting richer, the UAA volleyball team, winners of eight straight matches with a chance of advancing to the NCAA tournament, on Friday announced the addition of two top high school players.
One of them is already a star in Anchorage — Dimond’s Leah Swiss, who earlier this season became the first Alaskan to earn All-America status.
A 6-foot outside hitter, Swiss joins a team that already includes a number of Alaskans, a number of them who were rivals of Swiss at South High — Katelynn Zanders, Morgan Hooe and Sarah Johnson.
“We have a great group of Alaskans on our team currently, and we feel we have added another outstanding one in Leah Swiss,” UAA coach Chris Green said in a press release. “Leah is not only a powerful front-row player but also does very well in serve receive and defense. She is a good student and a hard worker, and we expect great things from Leah as a Seawolf.”
Swiss led Dimond to a 37-3 record and a runnerup finish to South at last week’s state tournament. She averaged 5.5 kills and 4.5 digs per set this season and finished with a .378 attack percentage.
Also joining the Seawolves is Kristi Farley, a 5-7 setter from Centennial High in Las Vegas. She’s a two-time all-conference pick who averaged 8.1 assists and 1.27 aces per set as a senior.
Swiss and Farley are UAA’s first signings for next season.