Two sophomores, a junior and a senior earned all-conference honors for the playoff-bound UAA volleyball team Tuesday, and Chris Green was named coach of the year for the fifth time in his 12 years with the program.
Green guided a team that includes one senior to a 22-6 regular-season record and the No. 4 seed in next week’s eight-team NCAA Division II West Regional championships.
The lone senior, Vanessa Hayes, joined sophomores Eve Stephens and Ellen Floyd as first-team picks on the all-Great Northwest Athletic Conference team. Kayla McGlathery, a junior, received honorable mention honors.
Stephens, an outside hitter from Palmer, was a unanimous pick for the second straight season. She leads the GNAC in kills with 3.97 per set and ranks in the top 15 in attack percentage (.265) and blocks per set (0.88).
Floyd, a setter from Florida, ranks second in the GNAC in assists (10.23 per set) and fourth in aces (0.44 per set).
Hayes, an outside hitter from Oregon, ranks 11th in kills (2.97 per set) and second in aces (0.48 per set).
McGlathery, a middle blocker from Idaho, was last honored by the GNAC in 2014 when she was named Newcomer of the Year. She left the sport after that season, got married and started a family year, and five years later is back on the team. She ranks fifth in the GNAC in blocks (1.12 per set) and attack percentage (.300).
For Green, the coaching award follows honors in 2009, 2013, 2015 and 2016. His first season at UAA was 2008, and since then he has led UAA to an unprecedented 12 straight winning seasons. In the 28 seasons before Green came to UAA, the Seawolves made two NCAA tournament appearances. With Green at the helm, they have made nine appearances.
UAA will meet UC San Diego next Thursday at the West Regional tournament in San Bernardino, California.