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Freshman outside hitter Katelynn Zanders places an attack between Simon Fraser defenders Amanda Renkema (left) and Tamara Nipp during UAA's 3-0 victory on Thursday night.
Courtesy: Sam Wasson/UAA Athletics

Zanders rips 17 kills in 3-0 sweep

Courtesy: UAA Media Relations
Release: 10/04/2012
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ANCHORAGE – Katelynn Zanders smashed 17 kills and Kimya Jafroudi ran an efficient Alaska Anchorage offense Thursday night as the Seawolves rolled to a 25-10, 25-14, 25-17 volleyball victory over Simon Fraser at the Wells Fargo Sports Complex.

UAA (10-4, 5-1 GNAC) also got 12 kills on just 22 attacks from freshman outside hitter Julia Mackey as it stayed perfect in eight home matches this season and ran its all-time record to 5-0 against Simon Fraser.

SFU (2-11, 0-7), which suffered its 11th straight loss, was led by seven kills and nine digs from outside hitter Katie Forsyth.

Jafroudi, a senior setter, had 40 assists, eight digs, two kills and two aces, helping the Seawolves out-hit the Clan .306 to .060. Zanders, a freshman outside hitter from South Anchorage High School, was the beneficiary of Jafroudi’s accurate sets, hitting for a .375 attack percentage, including just two errors in 40 attempts. Her 17 kills were a season-high for UAA in a three-setter this season.

Mackey, meanwhile, hit a team-high .409, along with six digs and a pair of block assists.

The Seawolves controlled action all night, getting runs of eight points and 10 points midway through the first and second sets, respectively. In the third, the Canadians stayed close and trailed just 18-16 before Sarah Johnson collected a kill to start a 6-0 Seawolf spurt that sealed the win.

Johnson had four kills and 16 digs, while junior libero Siobhan Johansen patrolled the back row with a match-high 24 digs – second-best for UAA in a three-setter this year.

Along the front row, freshman middle blocker Breanne Sytnyk was solid with four kills and a match-high four totals blocks, including a pair or solos.

UAA returns to action Saturday when it faces its toughest home test of the season, facing No. 16 Western Washington at the WFSC. First serve is at 7 p.m.

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