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UAA volleyball star Stephens breaks conference kills mark in Seawolves win

University of Alaska Anchorage senior Eve Stephens set a new conference mark for most career kills on Saturday as the Seawolves defeated Western Oregon 3-0 (25-21, 25-11, 25-18).

Stephens, a Colony High grad from Palmer, recorded nine kills to push her career total to 1,630, setting a new high mark in the Great Northwest Athletic Conference. The previous mark was held by Western Washington’s Abby Phelps, who had 1,628 kills from 2015-18.

Stephens is a three-time unanimous all-conference selection as well as a two-time second team All-American selection by the American Volleyball Coaches Association. She also added five aces, eight digs and four blocks on the night.

The victory at Alaska Airlines Center pushed UAA to 12-1 overall and 2-0 in the GNAC.

Senior Ellen Floyd added 28 assists and eight digs and Lisa Jaunet contributed seven kills for the Seawolves.

“That wasn’t our prettiest offensive effort again, but we will take the result,” UAA head coach Chris Green said in a statement. “I’m really happy for Eve to achieve the GNAC kills record. Since her first day as a freshman, she’s worked hard to improve every facet of her game. You can’t attain a record of this magnitude without great dedication, and she is a testament to that.”