SEASIDE, Calif. - The youthful Alaska Anchorage volleyball team dropped a pair of matches Friday as they began the 2012 season at the Otter Classic on the Cal State-Monterey Bay campus.
UAA almost pulled a major comeback in the opener before falling in four sets to 23rd-ranked Minnesota State.
The Seawolves were led by double-digit kills from three true freshmen, including outside hitter Sarah Johnson, who registered 13 kills and 10 digs. Fellow outside hitter Julia Mackey had 12 kills on .364 hitting and a pair of blocks.
The Mavericks, meanwhile, were led by 15 kills from Chel Fogarty and 10 kills and seven blocks from Jill Storlie as they hung on for a 25-20, 27-25, 21-25, 25-22 victory.
After dropping the first set, UAA rallied for a set point in the second frame at 25-24. But after taking timeout, MSU answered with a pair of kills and won on an attack error by Johnson.
Despite trailing 13-9 in the third, the Seawolves got hot and tied the frame at 14-14 before pulling away late and clinching it on a kill by Mackey.
UAA led 14-9 in the third set, however MSU put together a string of seven straight points and would not relinquish the lead again.
The Seawolves, who got 38 of their 48 kills from true freshmen, were also led by senior setter Kimya Jafroudi's 42 assists and eight digs, while junior libero Siobhan Johansen had a team-high 17 digs.
The match was statistically even for the most part, with the Mavericks taking advantage of slight edges in attack pct. (.171 to .158), aces (6-3) and blocks (10-5).
San Francisco State 3, Alaska Anchorage 0
Freshman Julia Mackey tallied double-digit kills for the second straight match but the Alaska Anchorage volleyball team could not overcome a tough San Francisco State squad as the Gators prevailed 25-20, 25-14, 25-20 in the Otter Classic on Friday night.
The Seawolves (0-2) lost their second in a row despite a strong start, grabbing an early 11-8 lead in the first set. UAA held a 20-19 advantage before surrendering the next six points to close the frame.
The Gators (2-0) hit .235 as a team, controlling the match the rest of the way behind 11 kills from outside hitter Kelly Ostello, plus 6 kills and three blocks from middle blocker Meagan Wright.
Mackey, an outside hitter from Fairbanks (West Valley HS), was UAA's most consistent offensive threat, connecting at a .280 rate and producing 11 kills. The Seawolves got 10 digs apiece from junior Siobhan Johansen and sophomore Jordan Bush, who earned her career-high in that category.
The 3-set loss was the first for the Seawolves since falling at No. 2 Cal State-San Bernardino on Sept. 3 of last season.
UAA will aim for its first victory again Saturday when it takes on Academy of Art at 8 a.m. Alaska Daylight Time on the same court. The Seawolves then finish play at the Otter Classic with a 6 p.m. ADT showdown against host Cal State Monterey Bay.
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