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Sophomores shine in latest UAA volleyball victory

  • Author: Anchorage Daily News
  • Updated: September 21, 2019
  • Published September 21, 2019

A big night from sophomore Eve Stephens lifted the UAA volleyball team to its fourth straight victory Saturday night in Lacey, Washington.

Stephens ripped a career-tying 23 kills to help the Seawolves dispose of Saint Martin’s in four sets 25-12, 25-19, 23-25, 25-20.

Ellen Floyd, another sophomore, put up a season-high 52 assists, made 11 digs and was one of six Seawolves contributing to a strong block. And Talia Leauanae, yet another sophomore, led the defense with a career-high 16 digs.

It wasn’t an all-sophomores effort though. Freshman Hannah Pembroke equaled her career-high seven kills with a lofty .429 hitting percentage, junior Kayla McGlathery had 12 kills on .348 hitting and senior Vanessa Hayes served four aces to go with seven kills.

UAA is 2-0 in Great Northwest Athletic Conference play and 7-3 overall, with all four of its most recent victories coming on the road. The Seawolves will try to notch another road win Tuesday when they head to Fairbanks for a GNAC match against UAF.

Stephens, an outside hitter from Palmer, will enter the match as one of the league’s top hitters. She posted a .392 attack percentage — she made three errors on 51 attempts — and the 23 kills matched an effort last season in a nonconference match against Rocky Mountain College.