SEASIDE, Calif. - Freshman Katelynn Zanders ripped
25 kills and setter Kimya Jafroudi had 60 assists Saturday night, but the key
bounces went against the Alaska Anchorage volleyball team in the crucial third
set as they fell 3-1 to host Cal State-Monterey Bay in the Otter Classic finale
at The Kelp Bed.
After sweeping Academy of Art in Saturday's 8 a.m. match, the Seawolves (1-3)
also got big matches in the nightcap from fellow freshmen Sarah Johnson, with
18 kills and 16 digs, and Julia Mackey, with 15 kills. Another newcomer, junior
middle blocker Jodi Huddleston, hit a team-best .409 (10 kills, 1 error, 22
attacks) against the hosts.
The Otters (3-1) were led by 25 kills on .447 hitting from Julia Ashen, while
Lacee Ventura was errorless with 11 kills for a .355 percentage and added a team-high
20 digs to post the 25-20, 20-25, 34-32, 25-19 victory.
After splitting the first two sets and erasing a 14-9 deficit in the third, the
Seawolves seemed on the verge of a 2-1 advantage late in the frame. Zanders, an
outside hitter from South Anchorage High School, smashed a crosscourt kill to
give UAA a 24-20 lead, but the Otters earned the next four rallies, starting a
string of 12 consecutive set points that they would repel. Earning their first
set point at 33-32, the Otters then struck the final blow when Johnson was
blocked by Ventura and Victoria Clardy.
UAA trailed just 15-14 in the fourth before CSUMB slowly pulled away to take the
first-ever volleyball meeting between the schools.
Alaska Anchorage 3, Academy of Art 0 Julia Mackey blasted 15 kills
and fellow freshman Katelynn Zanders added 10 as the Alaska Anchorage
volleyball team got into the win column with a 25-15, 25-11, 25-11 sweep of
Academy of Art on Saturday morning at the Otter Classic.
The Seawolves (1-2) dominated from start to finish, out-hitting their opponents
from San Francisco .325 to -.067 and out-digging them 45-26. The Urban Knights
(2-1) had no player with more than three individual kills as they managed just
15 as a team, while committing 21 attack errors.
Meanwhile, Mackey, an outside hitter from Fairbanks (West Valley HS), was
impressive for the third straight match, committing just one attack error in 22
swings for a .636 hitting percentage.
The Seawolf offense ran smoothly thanks to 34 assists from senior setter Kimya
Jafroudi, while fellow veterans Siobhan Johansen and Nikkie Viotto combined for
29 of UAA's 45 digs to anchor the defense.
Freshman outside hitter Sarah Johnson added seven kills and nine digs, while
freshman middle blocker Breanne Sytnyk put up a team-high three blocks,
including a pair of solos.
The Seawolves play their fourth and final match at The Kelp Bed at 6 p.m.
tonight when they face host Cal State-Monterey Bay in the tournament finale.