ANCHORAGE - Freshmen Katelynn Zanders and Julia Mackey slammed 15 kills apiece Saturday as the Alaska Anchorage volleyball team began its season with a 4-1 victory over the Seawolf Alumni in an exhibition match at the Wells Fargo Sports Complex.
The current Seawolves also got 44 assists, 15 digs and three aces from junior Siobhan Johansen, who shared the setting duties with senior Kimya Jafroudi. Jafroudi, last year's Great Northwest Athletic Conference Newcomer of the Year, finished with 20 assists in three sets of action.
The alumni were led by a triple-double from 2009 GNAC Player of the Year Calli Scott (2008-09), who had 33 assists, 10 kills and 14 digs. Last year's GNAC Player of the Year, Jackie Matthisen (2009-11), paced the former stars with 13 kills, while libero Stacie Meisner (2008-09) had 25 digs.
UAA took control in a seesaw second set, fighting off several set points before prevailing 33-31.
Senior Nikkie Viotto posted a double-double for UAA with 12 kills and 14 digs, adding four aces. Junior newcomer Jodi Huddleston, meanwhile, tallied 12 kills and seven block assists as the final score read 25-19, 33-31, 23-25, 25-23, 25-18.
UAA begins the regular season next week with a trip to the Otter Classic in Seaside, Calif., where they will play four matches. The Seawolves' first contest is set for 7 a.m. ADT against Minnesota State on Friday, Sept. 7.