Spikers sweep WNMU for 3rd straight
ANCHORAGE - Senior setter Kimya Jafroudi had 36 assists and nine digs Saturday as the Alaska Anchorage volleyball team finished round-robin play with a 25-17, 25-23, 25-19 sweep of Western New Mexico in the SpringHill Suites Invitational.
The Seawolves (4-3) also got 14 kills from Katelynn Zanders and 10 digs from fellow freshman Sarah Johnson to win their third straight.
The Mustangs (3-6), who also entered the match 2-0 in round-robin play, were led by 11 kills and nine digs from outside hitter Angelina Pulu, but the visitors could never get going against the Seawolves.
UAA middle blocker Jodi Huddleston ripped five of her nine kills in the first set to give her team the early advantage.
WNMU started strong in the second, galloping to a 13-5 advantage out of the gate. Zanders then got a Seawolf rally going with a kill, and Julia Mackey had three kills in the next six points to tighten it to 14-11. Johnson delivered a pair of aces later in the set as UAA took the lead at 19-18, and Zanders came through with a kill on set point for the 25-23 final.
The Seawolves led 12-3 to begin the third set before fighting off a late surge by the Mustangs.
All three of UAA's kills leaders finished with hitting percentages of .345 or better as Huddleston (.400), Mackey (11 kills, .391) and Zanders (.345) combined for 34 of the 43 spikes. Freshman middle blocker Breanne Stynyk added three kills and a match-best three block assists.
UAA and WNMU will meet again Saturday at 7 p.m. to battle for the championship gold pan at the Wells Fargo Sports Complex.