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UAA volleyball team picks up 3 wins in 24 hours

Not a bad day’s work.

The UAA volleyball team collected its third win in 24 hours by putting on a hitting clinic Friday night at the Alaska Airlines Center.

The Seawolves made a scant seven hitting errors in a 25-22, 25-16, 25-11 win over the University of Indianapolis. Junior right-side hitter Eve Stephens smacked 14 kills without an error to lead UAA to its best offensive showing in three matches at the Seawolf Invitational.

The six-team tournament concludes Saturday with a full day of matches. UAA faces 18th-ranked Central Missouri in the 7:30 p.m. tournament finale.

“We were able to minimize our mistakes, and our hitters made a lot of smart decisions about where to go with their attacks,” said UAA coach Chris Green, whose team improved to 6-1.

“Any time you get through a match with just seven attack errors, it’s a formula for success. We will need to keep improving, though, especially with a quality, nationally ranked opponent coming in tomorrow night.”

After playing a marathon the night before, the Seawolves made brisk work of two opponents on Friday. They needed 77 minutes to sweep Texas A&M International in a morning match, and 74 minutes to defeat Indianapolis in the late match.

Combined time of the two victories: 2 hours, 31 minutes. On Thursday night, UAA needed nearly as much time to pull off a stunning comeback over Biola University in a match that lasted 2 hours, 25 minutes.

In Friday morning’s match, veterans Stephens, Ellen Floyd and Vera Pluharova helped the Seawolves vacuum up the Dust Devils, 25-20, 25-23, 25-17.

Floyd, a junior setter, gave the Seawolves a potent weapon at the service line by serving five of the team’s nine aces. Talia Leauanae added three aces and UAA made just one serving error against five by Texas A&M International.

Floyd also supplied 27 assists and a team-high 10 digs.

Stephens blasted eight kills and had a hand in seven of UAA’s nine blocks, and Pluharova, a senior middle blocker, turned 16 attack attempts into nine kills and added three block assists.

Leauanae, a junior, and Reilly Plumhoff, a freshman, helped distribute the ball, combining for nine assists and 13 digs. Junior Akor Maywin was in on six blocks, one of them a solo effort, and freshman Mahala Kaapuni had nine kills, including one that ended a back-and-forth second set.

The match was the first of the season for Texas A&M International, a member of the Lone Star Conference.

Leading the Dust Devils were Ilina Spasova (9 kills, 8 digs) and Yaretzi Ortiz (9 kills, 5 block assists).

The Seawolves returned to action several hours later to dispatch Indianapolis.

They outblocked the Greyhounds 7-1 and benefitted from 19 hitting errors by the visitors, posting a .315 attack percentage to Indianapolis’ .114.

They hit a lights-out .667 in the third set -- 21 attacks, 15 kills, 1 error.

Stephens hit .400% for the match, Pluharova had six kills on 14 attempts for a .357 percentage and Leilani Elder had six kills on 11 attempts for a .455 percentage.

Leauanae and Plumhoff combined for 29 digs, and Floyd had another strong match with 35 assists, 10 digs, three blocks (one solo), three kills and three aces. She and Plumhoff were perfect at the service line, with each serving 17 times without an error.

Seawolf Invitational

Thursday’s matches

Central Missouri def. UAF, 3-0 (25-17, 25-18, 25-18)

UAA def. Biola University, 3-2 (22-25, 24-26, 28-26, 25-21, 15-8

Friday’s matches

UAA def. Texas A&M International, 3-0 (25-20, 25-23, 25-17)

UAF def. Indianapolis, 3-0 (25-23, 25-8, 25-18)

Central Missouri def. Texas A&M International, 3-0 (25-13, 25-19, 25-15)

Biola def. UAF, 3-1 (25-21, 20-25, 25-17, 25-18)

UAA def. Indianapolis, 3-0 (25-22, 25-16, 25-11)

Saturday’s matches

9:30 a.m. — Biola vs. Texas A&M International

Noon — Indianapolis vs. Central Missouri

2:30 p.m. — UAF vs. Texas A&M International

5 p.m. — Biola vs. Indianapolis

7:30 p.m. — UAA vs. Central Missouri

This story has been updated with the results of Friday’s late match.