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East's Voliva becomes latest Alaskan to join UAA women's basketball team

  • Author: Alaska Dispatch News
  • Updated: May 18
  • Published May 18

The powerhouse UAA women's basketball team is adding more Alaska talent to its roster.

Tennae Voliva, a 6-foot forward who scored more than 1,000 points during four seasons at East High, will join the Seawolves next season, the school announced Thursday.

Voliva is the fifth member of UAA's recruiting class and the second from Alaska. Nicole Pinckney of Chugiak, a 5-5 guard, signed earlier with the Seawolves.

Four Alaskans were members of this season's 30-2 team, including two who will return next season – juniors Tara Thompson of Anchorage and Hannah Wandersee of Kodiak.

"The past five years we've been able to recruit some of the best student-athletes in the state of Alaska, all of whom have had a tremendous impact on our success," UAA coach Ryan McCarthy said in a press release from the school. "I feel Tennae – as well as Nicole – will add to that legacy."

A second-team all-state pick and a first-team Cook Inlet Conference pick, Voliva averaged 12.3 points, 8.3 rebounds, 2.7 steals and 2.0 assists at this year's Class 4A state tournament to help the T-birds to a third-place finish.

Voliva joins four other recruits – Pinckney, 5-10 freshman Sala Langi and 5-6 junior Victoria Langi, both are sisters from Pacifica, California, and 5-3 junior Sydni Stallworth of Tucson, Arizona.

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