UAA claims invitational crown with sweep

Kimya Jafroudi continued her strong play for the UAA volleyball team Saturday at the Wells Fargo Sports Complex, piling up assists to help the Seawolves win the SpringHill Suites Invitational tournament.

UAA (5-3) swept Western New Mexico state 25-20, 25-21, 25-16 in the title match to cap an undefeated run through the round-robin tournament. Jafroudi, who was named the tournament's most outstanding player, recorded 35 of the team's 38 assists in the final match.

Freshman Julia Mackey led the UAA offense with 12 kills, with freshman Katelynn Zanders and junior Jodi Huddleston each adding nine. Freshman Sarah Johnson led the defense with 11 digs.

UAA had already beaten Western New Mexico in an early match Saturday to conclude round-robin play, but both teams were already assured a spot in the final because both had won two matches Friday. The early win was another sweep, as UAA took the Mustangs down 25-17, 25-23, 25-19 behind a 36-assist effort from Jafroudi.

Jafroudi's distribution set up an offensive attack that included 14 kills from Zanders and nine kills from Huddleston. The Seawolves jumped to early leads in all three sets, with Huddleston recording a team-high .400 hitting percentage.

Dixie State earned two wins over Adelphi in a pair of consolation matches Saturday, sweeping the Panthers 25-20, 25-21, 25-20 in the first win and rallying from a two-set deficit to take the second match 21-25, 12-25, 27-25, 25-18, 15-13.

Dixie State outside hitter Brita Jensen played well in both matches, notching six kills and 13 digs in the first win and 17 digs in the second win.

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