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UAA volleyball team adds 2 Alaskans, 1 Hawaiian

  • Author: Anchorage Daily News
  • Updated: March 26
  • Published March 26

Emma Kleven, who transferred to UAA this year to play volleyball for the Seawolves, sets the ball for the South Wolverines at the 2016 Class 4A state tournament. (Bob Hallinen / ADN archives)

UAA volleyball coach Chris Green on Tuesday announced the signing of three new players, including Anchorage standouts Emma Kleven and Mia Ekstrand.

Makana Eleneki of Kailua, Hawaii, join Kleven and Ekstrand as the newest additions to the team.

Ekstrand, a 5-foot-10 outside hitter, put together a solid resume playing at Dimond High, where she won four Class 4A state championships with the Lynx.

“Mia is an excellent all-around player who exhibits a lot of power for a high school athlete,” Green said in a press release from the school. “We are excited to get her into our strength and conditioning program and see her development."

Kleven is a 5-7 setter who was a star at South, leading the Wolverines to the state title match her senior year, and a starter at Division II Notre Dame de Namur University. She transferred to UAA in January and has been practicing with the volleyball team since.

“She is a fiery competitor and will give us another solid setter to replace Casey Davenport, who has left the program,” Green said.

During her sophomore season at California’s Notre Dame de Namur, Kleven averaged 8.10 assists and 2.68 digs per set.

The Seawolves also added Eleneki, a 5-6 setter and defensive specialist who last played volleyball for the Na Keiki Mauloa club team.

The new recruits join a UAA team that went 21-7 overall and 14-6 in the Great Northwest Athletic Conference last season. They’re part of a 2019 recruiting class that also includes Service’s Julia Fetko and Hawaii’s Nina MacPhetridge and Noho Lind from Kekaulike High School.

Along with veterans Eve Stephens of Palmer and Anjolyn Vreeland of Anchorage, the addition of Ekstrand, Kleven and Fetko gives UAA five Alaskans on next season’s roster.

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