UAA Athletics

Palmer freshman puts on a show to lead UAA spikers

  • Author: Anchorage Daily News
  • Updated: September 11
  • Published September 11

Eve Stephens is a freshman from Palmer who on Tuesday got her first taste of the Seawolves-Nanooks rivalry.

She devoured it.

A 6-foot-1 middle blocker out of Colony High, Stephens turned in a historic performance to lead UAA past UAF in a four-set volleyball match at the Alaska Airlines Center.

With a crowd of 1,190 watching, she slammed 21 kills without making a single error on 32 attack attempts. Her .656 hitting percentage equals the sixth-best for hitters with 18 or more kills in the 18-year history of the Great Northwest Athletic Conference.

The 21 kills were a career-high for Stephens and a team-best for this season's Seawolves, who rode the effort to a 25-17, 25-16, 18-25, 25-19 victory over the visiting Nanooks.

Chrisalyn Johnson supplied 12 kills and 14 digs and Taylor Noga had 10 kills and 18 digs to help UAA move to 8-2 overall, 2-1 GNAC.

UAF, which got 15 kills and 13 digs from South High grad Tatum Upchurch and 12 kills and 14 digs from Lahra Weber, dropped to 2-8, 0-3.

The match is one of three this week for the Seawolves, who head to Montana for a Thursday nonconference match against Rocky Mountain College and a Friday conference match against Montana State-Billings.