ANCHORAGE – Junior outside hitters Chrisalyn Johnson and Leah Swiss both delivered double-doubles Friday night to lead the reigning NCAA Div. II national runner-up Alaska Anchorage volleyball team to a 25-20, 25-20, 22-25, 25-13 exhibition victory over the Seawolf Alumni at the Alaska Airlines Center.
Johnson finished with a match-high 14 kills and added 11 digs, while Swiss – the Great Northwest Athletic Conference Preseason Player of the Year – collected 10 kills and 16 digs in just three sets of action.
The alumni – who featured four former GNAC Players of the Year on its roster – were led by eight kills apiece from Brooke Pottle and Erin Braun, while former All-American Morgan Hooe had six kills on nine attacks, 13 digs and 12 assists.
Ranked No. 4 in the preseason AVCA top 25 poll, the current Seawolves also got 11 kills apiece from sophomore right-side hitter Diana Fa’amausili and senior Anais Vargas. The reigning GNAC and West Region Freshman of the Year, Fa’amausili also racked up seven of UAA’s nine total blocks, including a pair of solos.
The Seawolves get the regular season under way next week with four matches Sept. 1-2 at the Seaside Invitational in San Diego. UAA opens against UC San Diego on Friday at 7:30 a.m. ADT. Check the GoSeawolves.com volleyball schedule page for live video and stats links.