The UAA volleyball season ended Sunday with a loss and a milestone.
The Seawolves lost their final match of the season, falling in three sets to Hawaii Pacific for a disappointing end to a season that went pretty well until the team went to Hawaii.
UAA lost three out of five matches on the islands to finish 11-4 in a season that was both postponed and shortened by COVID-19. Instead of playing a full schedule last fall, the Seawolves played an abbreviated season this spring.
The season was just long enough for Eve Stephens of Palmer to become the 10th player in UAA history with 1,000 kills. Her 14 kills Sunday carried her past that milestone.
An All-American as a sophomore, Stephens is a junior right-side hitter from Colony High. Because the NCAA isn’t counting this season against anyone’s eligibility, she still has two seasons left.
Stephens tallied 77 kills in five matches in Hilo, a total somewhat undermined by a season-low four kills in a loss to Chaminade on Friday.
She had 22 in a late Saturday night loss to nationally ranked Hawaii Hilo, which pulled out a 23-25, 20-25, 25-20, 28-26, 15-13 victory despite big games from Stephens and a couple of UAA players from Hawaii -- freshman Mahala Kaapuni of Hilo slammed a career-high 15 kills and junior Talia Leauanae of Maui supplied 31 digs.
UAA was 2-3 in Hawaii. It was 1-1 against 25th-ranked Hilo, 1-1 against Chaminade and 0-1 against Hawaii Pacific, which improved to 3-11 with Sunday’s upset of the Seawolves.
Kaapuni had another six kills Sunday, Leauanae had a team-high 16 digs and sophomore Hannah Pembroke added nine kills and six digs.
Pembroke played well on the road trip, contributing eight kills and a career-high 14 digs Saturday night against Hilo and finishing the five matches with 39 kills and 39 digs. Kaapuni also shined with 47 total kills.
UAA all-time kill leaders
1. Jen Szczerbinski (1988-90, 1992) -- 1,691
2. Katelynn Zanders (2012-15) -- 1,392
3. Cherie Knox (1987-90) -- 1,248
4. Leah Swiss (2014-17) -- 1,172
5. Jackie Matthisen (2009-11) -- 1,134
6. Julia Mackey (2012-15) -- 1,130
7. Chrisalyn Johnson (2015-18) -- 1,083
8. Brianne (Halling) McCabe (1999-2002) -- 1,024
9. Sabrina Bingham (1996-99) -- 1,012
10. Eve Stephens (2018-present) -- 1,005