at Otter Classic - Seaside, Calif. (Hosted by CSU Monterey Bay)
All Times ADT
Friday, Aug. 31
7 am - Alaska Anchorage (0-0) vs No. 23 Minnesota State (0-0)
3 pm - Alaska Anchorage vs San Francisco State
Saturday, Sept. 1
8 am - Alaska Anchorage vs Academy of Art
6 pm - Alaska Anchorage at Cal State Monterey Bay

ONLINE: Host Cal State Monterey Bay will provide live stats and videostreams for all Otter Classic matches ... check for links or surf directly to

PROBABLE UAA STARTERS (2011 stats or notes)
S-Kimya Jafroudi, 5-7, Sr. (10.22 aps, 1.92 dps, .120 att%, 0.41 bps)
MB-Jodi Huddleston, 6-1, Jr. (Transfer from Western Nebraska CC)
MB-Breanne Sytnyk, 6-0, Fr. (Manitoba Provincial all-star)
OH-Katelynn Zanders, 5-9, Fr. (All-State at South Anchorage HS)
OH/DS-Nikkie Viotto, 5-8, Sr. (2.10 kps, .108 att%, 2.74 dps, GNAC-best 0.40 aces/set)
  or-Sarah Johnson, 6-1, Fr. (All-State at South Anchorage HS)
RS-Julia Mackey, 5-11, Fr. (All-State at West Valley HS)
L-Siobhan Johansen, 5-7, Jr. (2.00 dps, 2.28 asst/set)
  or-Jordan Bush, 5-4, So. (0.33 dps, team-best serve pct.)

SCOUTING THE OPPONENTS: In addition to 23rd-ranked Minnesota State, the Seawolves will face three tough matches against fellow Div. II West Region playoff hopefuls in San Francisco State and Cal State Monterey Bay (both of the CCAA) and Academy of Art (of the Pac West).

First meetings
SF STATE: SFSU leads 3-2 (1-1 neutral)
  Last Meeting: SFSU 3-1 (9/7/10 at SFSU) / Streak: SFSU 1
  Notes: Friday's meeting will be the first on a neutral court between the clubs since a 3-2 Gators win in 1993 in Davis, Calif. ... last UAA win came 3-0 at home in the 2001 UAA Invitational ... first meeting came in 1983, a 3-0 SFSU home win.
ACADEMY OF ART: Tied 1-1 (first meeting on neutral court)
  Last Meeting: UAA 3-1 (8/29/09 at UAA / Streak: UAA 1
  Notes: UAA split its first two meetings with Art U at the 2009 SpringHill Suites Invitaitonal, losing a 5-setter in round-robin play before beating the Urban Knights in the title match.

2012 PREVIEW: The Seawolves return three starters - Sr. OH/DS Nikkie Viotto, Sr. S Kimya Jafroudi and Jr. S/DS Siobhan Johansen - along with redshirt So. L/DS Jordan Bush from last year's 18-9 squad that finished runner-up in the Great Northwest Athletic Conference ... Viotto is the team's only 4th-year senior, having never missed a set in her Seawolf career, while Jafroudi was the GNAC's 2011 Newcomer of the Year and a 2nd-team all-conference selection.

2011 SEASON RECAP: The Alaska Anchorage volleyball team posted its unprecedented fourth straight winning season and third straight NCAA Tournament appearance in 2011, finishing with an 18-9 overall record and a runner-up GNAC finish ... the Seawolves set a school record with their .236 team attack percentage and won 14 of 16 matches over a 2-month stretch as they came just one win shy of the league title ... Sr. OH Jackie Matthisen was voted the GNAC Player of the Year, while then-Jr. S Kimya Jafroudi was the league's Newcomer of the Year ... Matthisen and Robyn Burton were both unanimous 1st Team All-GNAC selections, while Burton also became the second All-American in program history.

NCAA HISTORY: The Seawolves made their third straight trip and fifth in program history to the NCAA Tournament (1989, 1990, 2009, 2010, 2011) ... UAA - seeded No. 8 - lost in the 1st Round for the second straight year, this time falling to nationally top-ranked and eventual NCAA runner-up Cal State San Bernardino, 3-1, on the Coyotes' home court on Nov. 17 ... Sr. OH Jackie Matthisen led UAA with 14 kills, 11 digs and 3 block assists, while So. MB Robyn Burton tallied 14 kills on .619 hitting (14-1-21), plus 4 total blocks to earn All-Tournament Team honors ... Jr. S Kimya Jafroudi had 49 assists and 8 digs and Jr. OH Nikkie Viotto had 9 kills and 4 aces as the Seawolves became just the sixth team in 28 matches to take a set from the Coyotes ... UAA was the No. 5 seed in 2009 when it earned its first-ever NCAA win with a 5-set (15-12) 1st-round victory over Hawaii-Hilo in San Bernardino.

TEAM NOTES: UAA has posted winning records in four straight seasons for the first time in volleyball program history (since 1980) ... the 2011 Seawolves led the GNAC in attack percentage (.236), assists per set (12.55) and aces per set (1.61), while ranking 2nd in kills per set (13.36) and blocks per set (2.13) ... the .236 attack pct. easily surpassed the school record of .224 in 2003, while the 13.4 kps topped the previous record of 13.1 from 1996 ... UAA tied the program record for conference victories with 14, though with the benefit of two more matches than the 14-2, GNAC-title squad of 2009 ... the Seawolves were 2-3 last season and 8-18 overall against ranked opponents under head coach Chris Green; prior to Green's arrival in 2008, UAA had lost 32 straight matches to ranked foes ... over the last three seasons, UAA now has a 22-4 record during the second half of the GNAC campaign, including 8-0 in the GNAC-title season of 2009 ... with an 8-match home win streak to end the year, UAA has won 25 of its last 27 home matches and gone 28-4 at the Wells Fargo Sports Complex since 2009 ... UAA set a home attendance record last year with an average of 667 fans per match, easily topping the record of 553 from 2010 ... the crowds against UAF (784) and WWU (765) were the 5th- and 6th-highest attendances in program history ... in the final 2011 D-II national stats, UAA ranked 29th in assists per set (12.55), 31st in attack pct. (.236) and 32nd in both blocks  per set (2.13) and kills per set (13.36).

JAFROUDI TOP NEWCOMER: Jr. S Kimya Jafroudi was picked as the 2011 GNAC Newcomer of the Year, joining fellow setter Calli Scott (2008) as the second Seawolf to win the award ... Jafroudi was also a 2nd Team All-GNAC pick after helping the Seawolves to a school .236 team hitting percentage - 12 points better than the school record ... the Orange Coast College transfer ranked 5th in the league and 45th nationally with 10.22 assists per set, but she increased her numbers to 11.16 in GNAC play, posting four performances of 50-plus assists ... Jafroudi's 60 assists against Central Washington on Nov. 5 were the most by a Seawolf since Scott's 64 in a 5-set win at BYU-Hawaii on Sept. 11, 2009 ... she was the Sept. 26-Oct. 2 GNAC Player of the Week and her 45 assists against Dominguez Hills on Sept. 3 tied for the most by a GNAC player in a 3-setter last year.

MORE PLAYER NOTES: Now the team's only 4-year senior, OH/DS Nikkie Viotto has played in every set of every match of her Seawolf career ... playing full-time at outside hitter for the first time last season, Viotto averaged 2.10 kps and 2.74 dps, while leading the GNAC with 0.40 aces per set ... on UAA's career lists Viotto is 7th in aces per set (0.33) and tied for 13th in total aces (102) ... Jr. S/DS Siobhan Johansen was one of five Seawolves to play in all 97 sets in 2011 ... the Colony High product ranked 2nd on the team in assists (2.28 apg) and serve pct. (.921), plus 4th in digs per set (2.00) ... in her third year in the program, So. L/DS Jordan Bush could see increased playing time in 2012 ... the Washington native led UAA in both serve pct. (.933) and service ace-to-error ratio (1.09) in 2011.

SMART SEAWOLVES: Four Seawolves were among the 40 student-athletes on the 2011 Great Northwest Athletic Conference All-Academic Volleyball Team ... Jr. OH Nikkie Viotto (Eagle River HS) produced the Seawolves' highest overall grade-point average with a 3.81 as a journalism & public communications major ... it was the second career all-league academic honor for Viotto, who has played in every set during her first three seasons ... Sr. OH Jackie Matthisen (East Anchorage HS) earned her third career honor with a 3.32 GPA in biological sciences ... earning recognition for the first time were So. S/DS Siobhan Johansen (Palmer/Colony HS) for her 3.46 GPA as an undeclared major, along with Sr. OH/DS McKenzie Moss (Anchorage/Bartlett HS) with a 3.32 in civil engineering ... UAA's four honorees equaled a program-best - in any league - from the 1992, 2001 and 2006 seasons.

SEAWOLVES PICKED 3RD IN POLL: The Seawolves were tabbed for third place in the 2012 GNAC Preseason Coaches' Poll, released Aug. 21 ... UAA received 70 points in the balloting, narrowly trailing Western Washington and Western Oregon:

Great Northwest Athletic Conference
2012 Volleyball Coaches Poll
Rk Team (1st-pl. votes)  2011 Records       Pts
 1. W. Washington (3)    16-6 (14-4, 2nd-T)  72
 2. Western Oregon (4)   14-8 (13-5, 4th)    71
 3. Alaska Anchorage (2) 18-9 (14-4, 2nd-T)  70
 4. Seattle Pacific      21-7 (15-3, 1st)    61
 5. Northwest Nazarene   17-8 (12-6, 5th)    47
 6. Central Washington   15-11 (9-9, 6th )   42
 7. Montana St. Billings 11-16 (5-13, 7th-T) 34
 8. Saint Martin's       7-18 (5-13, 7th-T)  24
 9. Alaska Fairbanks     2-24 (2-16, 9th)    20
10. Simon Fraser         1-21 (1-17, 10th)    9
(Note: First-place votes in parentheses. Points awarded on a 9-8-7-6-5-4-3-2-1 basis. Each coach ranked other nine teams)