GNAC honors trio from UAA volleyball team

There's no postseason play for the UAA volleyball team, but there are postseason awards.

Three Seawolves were honored Monday by the Great Northwest Athletic Conference. Kimya Jafroudi was a unanimous choice as a first-team setter, Julia Mackey was named Freshman of the Year and Jodi Huddleston was named Newcomer of the Year.

It was the second straight year Jafroudi was an all-conference pick. A senior from Huntington Beach, Calif., she ranked third in the GNAC in assists with 10.27 per set and first in aces with .46 per set.

Mackey, a freshman from Fairbanks, shared the Freshman of the Year award, which she shared with UAF's Sam Harthun. Mackey, a West Valley grad, ranked ninth in the GNAC in kills (3.13 per set) and 13th in attack percentage (.251). She racked up double-digit kills in 19 of 26 matches to become UAA's first Freshman of the Year honor.

Huddleston became the third UAA player in five seasons to win Newcomer of the Year. A junior from Scottsbluff, Neb., she led UAA with 66 total blockls and ranked eighth in the conference in attack percentage (.284). She joins Jafroudi (last season) and Callie Scott (2008) on the list of UAA players who have earned the newcomer award; all were recruited by coach Chris Green.

GNAC champion Western Washington garnered many of the top awards, including Player of the Year (Marlayna Geary), Defensive Player of the Year (Samantha Hutchinson) and Coach of the Year (Diane Flick).

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King tops in GNAC

UAA point guard Sasha King earned women's basketball Player of the Week honors in the Great Northwest Athletic Conference.

King, a senior, scored 35 points and had just three turnovers in 70 minutes of playing time in a pair of nonconference wins over Regis University of Denver.

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