THIS WEEK IN SEAWOLF VOLLEYBALL...
Tuesday, Oct. 9 — 7 pm ADT — Patty Center — Fairbanks, AK
Alaska Anchorage (15-3, 8-2 GNAC) at Alaska Fairbanks (7-10, 5-5 GNAC)
Saturday, Oct. 13 — 7 pm ADT — Alaska Airlines Center — Anchorage, AK
Montana State Billings (9-10, 3-7 GNAC [10/11 @UAF])
LIVE VIDEO & STATS: Both matches at gnac.tv
SOCIAL MEDIA: Check the @UAAVolleyball Twitter feed for in-match updates
UAA PROBABLE STARTERS (2018 stats)
S—Ellen Floyd, 5-10, Fr. (7.65 aps, 0.43 kps, .120 att%, 2.28 dps, 0.38 ace/set)
RS—Eve Stephens, 6-1, Fr. (3.15 kps, .326 att%, 0.77 bps)
MB—Tara Melton, 6-0, Sr. (1.93 kps, .349 att%, 1.07 bps)
MB—Vera Pluharova, 6-2, So. (0.85 kps, .136 att%, 1.25 bps)
OH—Vanessa Boyer, 5-11, Jr. (2.44 kps, .203 att%, 1.21 dps, 0.46 bps, 0.31 ace/set)
OH—Chrisalyn Johnson, 5-9, Sr. (2.87 kps, .146 att%, 3.23 dps, 0.32 ace/set, 0.51 bps)
L—Taylor Noga, 5-10, Sr. (1.21 kps, .125 att%, 4.17 dps, 0.31 bps, 0.32 ace/set)
UAA VANQUISHES I-5 FOES: The Seawolves made it four straight wins and eight of their last nine with a pair of hard-fought victories in Washington last week ... on Thursday, Fr. RS Eve Stephens had 15 kills on .423 hitting to spark a 25-11, 26-28, 25-18, 25-11 win over Saint Martin's ... Jr. OH Vanessa Boyer notched 14 kills on .364 hitting, So. MB Vera Pluharova had 7 block assists and So. DS Anjoilyn Vreeland delivered four of UAA's season-high 15 aces as UAA beat SMU for the 21st time in a row ... on Saturday, Stephens smashed three of her 18 kills in the 5th set to help UAA rally for a 20-25, 22-25, 25-23, 25-22, 15-12 victory over Seattle Pacific ... Boyer matched her career-high with 15 kills, including the final go-ahead kill to make it 13-12 in the final set, and Sr. MB Tara Melton had a career-high 14 kills on .435 hitting ... along with another double-double for Sr. OH Chrisalyn Johnson, UAA got a season-best assist total from Fr. S Ellen Floyd, who dished 57 helpers along with 4 kills, 3 aces and 13 digs ... it was UAA's 11th straight win over SPU, extending their longest string in the series.
vs UAF: UAA leads 70-34 overall, 30-22 in Fairbanks
Streak: UAA 16 / Last: UAA 3-1 (9/11/18 at UAA) / Notes: UAA is on its longest win streak against its intrastate rival ... the Seawolves
have not been pushed to 5 sets by UAF since 2012 ... UAA has won nine straight in Fairbanks since a 5-set loss on Sept. 27, 2008 ... UAF’s last victory came by a 3-1 score in Anchorage, Sept. 18, 2010 ... UAA leads 26-9 in GNAC meetings (since 2001) and 18-3 under head coach Chris Green (since 2008) ... teams have played at least twice every season since 1980.
vs MSUB: UAA leads 48-11 overall, 24-5 in Anchorage
Streak: UAA 1 / Last: UAA 3-0 (9/14/18 at MSUB) / Notes: The Seawolves have won 16 of the past 17 meetings ... UAA had won 15 straight before the Yellowjackets' stunning 3-1 upset in the regular-season finale last year in Anchorage ... UAA leads 17-6 since MSUB joined the GNAC in 2007, including 17-4 under Chris Green ... MSUB is UAA’s 2nd-most common opponent, trailing only UAF … teams met twice per season every year from 1985-2000 as embers of the Pac West and Continental Divide conferences … series started in 1980.
OPPONENT SKETCHES: After losing nine of 10, Alaska Fairbanks has rebounded with four straight wins – its longest GNAC streak since 2008 – to move into a 4-way tie for 4th place in the standings ... the Nanooks are led by Lahra Weber (3.48 kps, .191 att%, 2.62 dps, 0.57 bps, 0.31 ace/set) and Tatum Upchurch (2.68 kps, .117 att%, 2.68 dps) ... Montana State Billings started 6-0, lost 10 of its next 11, and recovered with a pair of 5-set home wins over Northwest Nazarene (15-11) and Central Washington (15-13) last week ... the Yellowjackets are led by Maddi Vigil (2.66 kps, .137 att%, 3.12 dps) and libero Izela Alvarez (4.49 dps).
TEAM NOTES: UAA ranks 10th in NCAA Div. II with 2.49 blocks per set and leads the GNAC in opponent attack percentage (.144) and aces per set (1.70) ... of the 290 teams in D-II volleyball, UAA ranks no lower than 78th in any of the seven major statistical categories ... the Seawolves have clinched their 11th straight winning season, extending the program record that began with Chris Green's arrival at UAA in 2008 ... the Seawolves are 57-11 (.838) at the Alaska Airlines Center since its opening in Sept. 2014 and 103-22 (.824) at home since 2009 ... UAA is 18-12 against AVCA Top 25 teams since 2014 and 28-39 overall against ranked opponents under Green; prior to Green's arrival, UAA had lost 32 prior to nationally ranked foes.
MELTON SWELTERIN': One year after sharing GNAC Newcomer of the Year honors, Sr. MB Tara Melton is a candidate for more hardware, ranking 3rd in the GNAC with a .349 attack percentage and 7th with 1.07 blocks per set ... the former JC All-American from Glendale (Ariz.) College has hit above .400 in six matches this season, including a season-best .562 with 10 kills to power the comeback victory over Cal State San Marcos, .550 with 13 kills in the 4-set win over Wesern Oregon, and .435 with a career-high 14 kills in the 5-set win at Seattle Pacific ... Melton ranks 8th in attack pct. (.271) and 12th in blocks per set (1.01) on the Seawolves' career lists, while her current .349 attack pct. is on pace for 2nd-best in UAA single-season history.
C-J'ING DOUBLE-DOUBLE': Sr. OH Chrisalyn Johnson enters Tuesday's match just 11 kills shy of becoming the ninth Seawolf in 39 years to reach that plateau ... one of four unanimous picks to this year's Preseason All-GNAC team, Johnson ranks 12th in the league with 2.87 kills per set and 9th with 3.49 points per set ... Johnson claimed the Most Outstanding Player award at the UAA Invitational and shared GNAC co-Offensive Player of the Week honor on opening weekend, and she leads UAA with 11 double-doubles this year and 36 for her career ... an All-NCAA Tournament Team performer at the 2016 Elite Eight and 2017 honorable mention All-GNAC pick, Johnson has accounted for at least seven kills in 77 of the last 85 matches, including 56 times in double figures ... Johnson's career 2.93 kills per set rank 9th on the UAA list.
NOGA PARTY: After playing primarily defensive specialist through her first three seasons, Sr. Taylor Noga has shown her versatility this year, starting at right-side hitter for the first 12 matches and libero for the last six ... beginning with all-tournament honors in the season-opening UAA Invitational, the former East Anchorage HS star ranks 12th in the GNAC in both digs per set (4.17) and aces per set (0.32) ... Noga had career highs of 13 kills and 21 digs in the win over Michigan Tech, posting her first double-double and topping her previous best of 19 digs from the 2016 NCAA Semifinals; she now has seven 20-dig efforts this season, including a career-high 26 in the 4-set win over Western Oregon and 25 in the 5-set win at Seattle Pacific ... since taking over at libero, she is posting 5.29 dps ... Noga has played in 430 of 435 sets in her career and 335 consecutive sets since Dec. 2015, ranking as the 3rd-winningest player (95 victories) in program history ... she ranks 7th on UAA's career list for sets played (430) and 13th in matches played (115).
GOOD EVE: Fr. MB Eve Stephens is making a strong argument for all-league and GNAC Freshman of the Year honors, ranking 6th in the conference with a .326 attack percentage, 7th with 3.15 kills per set, 8th with 3.58 points per set and 18th with 0.77 blocks per set ... Stephens's current attack pct. ranks 8th nationally among freshmen and is on pace for the UAA freshman record ... the GNAC offensive and Sports Imports/AVCA Division II National player-of-the-week for Sept. 10-16, she has blasted double-figure kills in nine of the last 10 matches and has hit over .300 in 12 of 18 contests ... in the 4-set victory over UAF, she racked up 21 kills with no attack errors, producing a .656 attack percentage that ranked No. 6 on the all-time GNAC list and best ever for a Seawolf in 17 years of GNAC play (minimum 18 kills) ... she has had at least 6 kills in every match, including a UAA season-high 23 in the road win over Rocky Mountain.
MORE 'WOLF BITES: Jr. OH Vanessa Boyer made the move from middle blocker to outside hitter this year and has shown steady improvement at her new position, increasing her kills numbers nearly every week and now averaging 2.44 kps on .203 hitting ... Boyer delivered her first career double-double with 12 kills and 12 digs against Notre Dame de Namur, and she has posted at least 14 kills in five of the last 10 matches, including 15 in the 3-2 win at SPU ... a starter on UAA's 2016 NCAA Runner-Up squad, Boyer ranks in UAA's career top 20 lists in multiple categories, currently at 8th in block assists (239) and 11th in total blocks (257) ... after totaling just 12 blocks in 24 sets last season, So. MB Vera Pluharova made her debut in the regular rotation and claimed GNAC Defensive Player of the Week honors with 22 total blocks in the season-opening UAA Invitational ... the Czech native has had at least 5 total blocks in 11 of the 18 matches to rank 2nd in the GNAC (15th nationally) with 1.25 bps ... Pluharova has also come into her own offensively of late, improving her attack pct. from .065 to .136 in just the last four matches, thanks to 17 kills and just one error in that span ... since taking over as the primary distributor in a one-setter offense on Sept. 20, freshman Ellen Floyd has averaged 10.13 assists per set and delivered 23 of her 31 kills this season ... a Florida native with Kodiak ties, Floyd leads the Seawolves and ranks 5th in the GNAC with 0.38 aces per set, and she is 8th in the league with her 7.65 assists per set.
GREEN MACHINE: Having led UAA to an unprecedented 10 straight winning seasons, UAA head coach Chris Green (227-86, .724) has established himself as the most successful coach in program history and one of the top mentors in the NCAA Div. II ranks, earning the 2016 AVCA D-II National Coach of the Year award ... a 4-time GNAC Coach of the Year (2009, '13, '15, '16) and 3-time AVCA D-II West Region Coach of the Year (2009, '15, '16), Green has led UAA to NCAA Tournament berths in seven of the last eight seasons, capturing the program’s highest-ever seeds the last three years; in the 28 years before Green’s arrival, the Seawolves made two NCAAs ... UAA has won at an .792 clip (137-36) since the start of the 2013 campaign, including .840 (89-17) in league play ... Green’s UAA teams have produced six All-Americans, five GNAC Players of the Year, six GNAC Newcomers of the Year and four GNAC Freshmen of the Year ... hired in Feb. 2008 as the sixth coach in UAA Volleyball history, Green spent the previous nine seasons (1999-07) as the head coach at Western Nebraska Community College, where he built a powerhouse program. Among his list of accomplishments at WNCC were a 453-55 record, the 2007 NJCAA Div. I national championship, 2006 NJCAA runner-up, and four straight ‘Final 4’ berths ... the Cougars finished in the top 10 at the national tournament in all of Green’s seasons, producing a total of 10 first-team and six second-team All-America certificates ... in 2011, he was inducted into the NJCAA Hall of Fame.
2018 INDIVIDUAL HONORS
Preseason All-GNAC Team
Preseason All-GNAC Team
UAA Invitational Most Outstanding Player, 8/25
GNAC co-Offensive Player of the Week, 8/20-26
UAA Invitational All-Tournament Team
GNAC Defensive Player of the Week, 8/20-26
GNAC Offensive Player of the Week, 9/10-16
Sports Imports/AVCA National Player of the Week, 9/10-16