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UAA volleyball team hits it big in season-opening victory

  • Author: Anchorage Daily News
  • Updated: August 23
  • Published August 23

UAA’s Ellen Floyd celebrates a point during a season-opening match Thursday at the Alaska Airlines Center. (Loren Holmes / ADN)

The Seawolves were a smashing success Thursday in their season-opening volleyball match.

UAA's hitting game was clicking to the tune of a .329 attack percentage in a three-set victory over Western New Mexico at the Alaska Airlines Center.

The match was the first in the three-day UAA Invitational, which continues with four matches Friday and four matches Saturday. UAA plays at 7:30 p.m. both nights.

Six Seawolves contributed kills in the 25-19, 25-15, 25-14 win.

UAA’s Taylor Noga spikes the ball during a season-opening game against the Western New Mexico Mustangs Thursday, Aug. 23, 2018 at the Alaska Airlines Center. (Loren Holmes / ADN)

"That was a great way to start the season," UAA coach Chris Green said in a release from UAA. "As a coach, it's always pleasing to see your offense so balanced, and we looked comfortable in our '6-2' system."

Chrisalyn Johnson, Vanessa Boyer and Eve Stephens — a freshman from Colony High — each had seven, Taylor Noga and Tara Melton each had six and Vera Pluharova had four.

All six compiled hitting percentages of .250 or better, with Melton (.500) and Johnson (.400) leading the way.

Setters Ellen Floyd and Casey Davenport kept the offense running with 21 and 11 assists, respectively.

The UAA volleyball team celebrates a point during a season-opening game against the Western New Mexico Mustangs Thursday, Aug. 23, 2018 at the Alaska Airlines Center. (Loren Holmes / ADN)

While UAA smashed 37 of 85 attack attempts with nine errors, Western New Mexico had 28 kills and 28 errors on 104 attempts for an .000 attack percentage.

Pluharova put up eight block assists and Boyer added five to help UAA stifle the visitors with 11 blocks, including a solo block from Stephens. Anjoilyn Vreeland came up with 13 digs, and Noga (8) and Johnson (7) combined for another 15.

Erin Moss' eight kills and Gabi Lau's 15 digs topped Western New Mexico.

Friday matches

9 a.m. — UAF vs. Michigan Tech

11 a.m. — Western New Mexico vs. Barton

5 p.m. — Western New Mexico vs. Michigan Tech

7:30 p.m. — UAA vs. Barton

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