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UAA volleyball team gets back on track with easy win at Fairbanks tournament

The UAA volleyball team served and slammed its way to victory Thursday afternoon in Fairbanks.

The Seawolves served 13 aces and posted a .414 attack percentage to cruise past Ursuline College of Ohio in the opening match of the three-day Nanook Classic.

They needed 59 minutes to wrap up the 25-12, 25-22, 25-10 victory that pushed their record to 7-2.

Five players were responsible for 37 of UAA’s 38 kills, and all of them hit .364 or better. Leading the way was Eve Stephens, a junior outside hitter who hit .500 with 12 kills and two errors on 20 attack attempts.

As a team, UAA made nine errors on 70 attempts. Vera Pluharova provided eight kills, Mahala Kaapuni had seven, Lisa Jaunet six and Ellen Floyd four.

At the service line, Stephens totaled six aces and Reilly Plumhoff and Talia Leauanae each had three.

Ursuline, which dropped to 1-4, got eight kills from Devin Gerth but stuggled offensively with a .081 attack percentage.

The match was the first of two scheduled for Thursday at the Patty Center. The six-team tournament continues Friday and Saturday with five matches each day; on Friday, UAA plays Colorado State-Pueblo at 9:30 a.m. and Cal State-Los Angeles at 2:30 p.m.