'Wolves roll to SpringHill Suites title
ANCHORAGE - Freshman Julia Mackey had 12 kills to lead a balanced Alaska Anchorage offense as the Seawolves swept to a 25-20, 25-21, 25-16 victory over Western New Mexico in Saturday's title match of the SpringHill Suites Invitational volleyball tournament.
Senior setter Kimya Jafroudi was named the tourney's Most Outstanding Player after tallying 35 assists, six digs and three aces for UAA (5-3), which won its own event for the fifth time in 16 tries.
All-tourney selection Angelina Pulu led WNMU (3-7) with 11 kills and eight digs, but the visitors from Silver City lost to the Seawolves for the second time in nine hours. The result was also a repeat of the tournament's 2003 championship, won the Seawolves over the Mustangs.
The Seawolves were never threatened Saturday night, pulling away slowly throughout each set thanks to a .280 to .079 advantage in hitting percentage and a 50-43 edge in digs.
Junior middle blocker Jodi Huddleston had nine kills on errorless hitting for a .643 hitting percentage, while all-tourney selection Katelynn Zanders, a freshman outside hitter, added nine kills. Another rookie outside hitter, Sarah Johnson, finished with seven kills and 11 digs, also earning all-tourney accolades.
Mackey completed the all-tournament team along with Pulu and Dixie State's Shannon Young.
Junior libero Siobhan Johansen had 11 digs and a match-high four aces as UAA improved to 40-24 all-time in own tournament, including 11 wins in the last 12 outings.
This year's event returned after a two-year absence, allowing UAA to add to its titles from 2002, 2003, 2008 and 2009.
The Seawolves begin Great Northwest Athletic Conference play next week when they host Central Washington on Thursday, Sept. 13 at 7 p.m. at the Wells Fargo Sports Complex.
2012 SpringHill Suites Invitational
Sarah Johnson, Alaska Anchorage
Julia Mackey, Alaska Anchorage
Alyssa Meihack, Western New Mexico
Angelina Pulu, Western New Mexico
Shannon Young, Dixie State
Katelynn Zanders, Alaska Anchorage
Most Outstanding Player: Kimya Jafroudi, Alaska Anchorage