UAA volleyball team ends season with loss

Eagle River's Nikkie Viotto wrapped up her four-year UAA volleyball career Saturday by leading the Seawolves in kills and digs, but the effort came in a losing effort against a team that needed a win to keep its playoff hopes alive.

The Seawolves went quietly in their last match of the season, falling in three sets to Central Washington in a Great Northwest Athletic Conference match in Ellensburg, Wash.

The Wildcats, the eighth-ranked team in the West Region, won 25-13, 25-21, 25-16 to stay in the running for a berth in the NCAA Division II volleyball tournament. The top eight teams in each region will advance.

Viotto, an outside hitter/defensive specialist, tallied seven kills and nine digs to lead the Seawolves. She ranks in UAA's all-time top 20 in six statistic categories -- digs, aces, aces per set, sets played, matches played and matches won.

Kimya Jafroudi, the team's only other senior, delivered 14 assists in her final match. A two-year player who excelled as the team's setter, Jafroudi played her last few games on an injured ankle.

UAA finished the season with a 16-10 overall record and an 11-7 conference record. It was the fifth straight winning season for coach Chris Green but the first time in four seasons the Seawolves didn't make the playoffs.

Freshman outside hitter Katelynn Zanders finished with six kills and seven digs for UAA, but no other Seawolf managed more than four kills. Jodi Huddleston had a hand in four of UAA's 12 blocks and Jordan Bush came up with nine digs.

Marcy Hjellum's 15 kills led Central (21-7, 14-4).

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