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Senior Nikkie Viotto is climbing up the UAA career charts in several categories, including digs.
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Volleyball hosts Saints, Wolves

Courtesy: UAA Media Relations
Release: 10/15/2012
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THIS WEEK IN SEAWOLF VOLLEYBALL...

Thursday, Oct. 18 - 7 pm ADT
Wells Fargo Sports Complex - Anchorage, AK
Saint Martin's (4-9, 2-6 GNAC)
at Alaska Anchorage (12-5, 7-2 GNAC)
&
Saturday, Oct. 20 - 7 pm ADT
Wells Fargo Sports Complex - Anchorage, AK
Western Oregon (12-5, 5-3 GNAC [10/18 @UAF])
at Alaska Anchorage

ONLINE: All Alaska Anchorage home matches feature free live video and live stats.

ON TV: All UAA home matches are broadcast on a tape-delayed basis on KCFT (GCI Cable Ch. 19). Matches air at 11 p.m. the same evening, with further replays at other times (check local listings).

PROBABLE UAA STARTERS (2012 stats)
S-Kimya Jafroudi, 5-7, Sr. (10.87 aps, 2.41 dps, 0.46 ace/set)
MB-Jodi Huddleston, 6-1, Jr. (2.13 kps, .310 att%, 0.65 bps)
MB-Breanne Sytnyk, 6-0, Fr. (1.09 kps, .240 att%, 0.67 bps)
OH-Katelynn Zanders, 5-9, Fr. (3.33 kps, .173 att%, 0.40 bps)
OH-Sarah Johnson, 6-1, Fr. (2.79 kps, .196 att%, 3.10 dps)
RS-Julia Mackey, 5-11, Fr. (3.06 kps, .247 att%, 0.55 bps)
L-Siobhan Johansen, 5-7, Jr. (4.44 dps, 0.25 ace/set, 0.56 asst/set)

SCOUTING THE OPPONENTS: Saint Martin's comes north after four straight losses and a 1-6 mark since Sept. 22, earning its lone GNAC wins over UAF and at Simon Fraser ... the Saints, from Lacey, Wash., are led by 5-10 So. OH Kristyn Ross (2.69 kps, .140 att%, 3.71 dps) and 5-10 Sr. MB Teilissa Tua (1.89 kps, .192 att%, 0.98 bps) ... Western Oregon got off to a 3-0 GNAC start before dropping three of four between Sept. 29 and Oct. 11 ... the Wolves, from Monmouth, Ore., got back on track with a 4-set road win over NW Nazarene on Saturday ... the GNAC's leading blocking team (2.5 bps) is led by 5-9 Sr. OH Danielle Reese (3.51 kps, .204 att%, 2.66 dps, 0.58 bps) and 5-10 Jr. MB Becky Blees (1.72 kps, .350 att%, 1.33 bps).

THE SERIES vs. SMU: UAA leads 21-4 (10-1 in Anchorage)
Last Meeting: UAA 3-0 (9/22/12 at SMU)
Streak: UAA 9 / Notes: UAA has swept the last four season series and won 27 of 28 sets ... UAA has won 4 straight at home ... UAA's 9-match win streak is its longest ever against a fellow GNAC member ... SMU's last win came in a 3-0 sweep, Nov. 1, 2007 in Lacey ... UAA leads 19-4 in GNAC meetings (since 2001) ... series started in 1998.

THE SERIES vs. WOU: WOU leads 14-11 (tied 6-6 in Anchorage)
Last Meeting: WOU 3-0 (9/20/12 at WOU)
Streak: WOU 3 / Notes: WOU has won 4 of the last 5 meetings ... WOU has gone 5-2 in Anchorage since 2005, including last year's 3-2 victory ... WOU holds a 13-10 edge in GNAC meetings ... series began in 1981, although teams didn't meet again until 1999.

TEAM COMPARISONS    UAA   SMU   WOU
Overall Record      12-5  4-9   12-5
GNAC Record         7-2   2-6   5-3
Current GNAC Place  3rd   8th   4th
UAA Home/Opp. Road  8-1   3-6   4-3
Kills per Set       12.9  10.3  11.9
Attack Pct.         .211  .127  .233
Assists per Set     12.1  9.3   10.9
Blocks per Set      1.7   1.9   2.5
Digs per Set        16.4  13.5  15.0
Aces per Set        1.5   1.4   1.7

LAST TIME VS SMU, WOU: UAA earned a split of its first Great Northwest Athletic Conference road series, falling 3-0 at preseason co-favorite Western Oregon on Sept. 20 before bouncing back with a sweep of their own at Saint Martin's on Sept. 22 ... in the first match, Sr. S Kimya Jafroudi had 34 assists and Fr. OH Katelynn Zanders registered 11 kills, but the Seawolves were out-hit .267 to .137 and outblocked 9-2 as they suffered their first 3-set conference loss since Nov. 6, 2010 - a span of 22 matches ... Jr. L Siobhan Johansen was busy along the back row with an impressive 25 digs in the short affair ... on SMU, the Seawolves asserted themselves early with a 25-10 win in the first set and rolled to victory behind 12 kills and 8 digs from Fr. OH Sarah Johnson ... Jr. MB Jodi Huddleston and So. MB/RS Maureen Sabado combined for 15 kills on .361 hitting and 8 block assists, helping UAA win the hitting battle .269 to .046 ... Jafroudi was right on her average with 33 assists, while Johansen and So. DS Jordan Bush tallied 12 digs apiece ... Bush also tied her career-high 3 aces.

ROAD, SWEET ROAD: After seeing their 16-match home win streak come to an end the previous week, the Seawolves hit the road and won key matches Oct. 11 at Seattle Pacific and Oct. 13 at Montana State Billings ... Fr. OH Julia Mackey had 13 kills to lead a balanced effort as UAA prevailed for just the sixth time in 20 matches at SPU with a 25-19, 25-21, 22-25, 13-25, 15-12 decision ... Fr. OH Sarah Johnson had 9 kills, 8 digs and 3 block assists, and Fr. MB Breanne Sytnyk posted career-highs of 9 kills, .368 hitting and 6 block assists ... Jr. MB Jodi Huddleston accounted for 8 kills and a career-high 6 block assists, helping UAA to a 12-5 edge in team blocks ... Sr. S Kimya Jafroudi finished with 41 assists, 10 digs and 4 kills on .375 hitting, while Jr. L Siobhan Johansen had a team-high 23 digs ... at Billings, Johnson tallied 12 kills, 13 digs and 2 aces to help UAA down MSUB 25-19, 19-25, 25-23, 25-19, despite getting out-hit .152 to .122 ... Mackey had 11 kills and Huddleston added 10 kills and 3 total blocks ... Jafroudi had 41 assists and 12 digs, Johansen led the way with 15 digs, and So. DS Jordan Bush delivered a career-best serving game with 3 aces and no errors.

TEAM NOTES: UAA is 8-1 at the Wells Fargo Sports Complex this season after having a 16-match home winning streak stopped Oct. 6 against No. 16 Western Washington ... the Seawolves have won 33 of their last 36 home matches and are 36-5 at the WFSC since 2009 ... UAA has not lost consecutive home matches under head coach Chris Green, who took over in 2008 ... UAA is 10-0 when posting a higher hitting pct. and 8-1 when outblocking its opponents ... the Seawolves rank No. 2 in the GNAC with 16.4 digs per set and a .154 opponent attack percentage, while they are 3rd in assists per set (12.1) and kills per set (12.9) ... by going the distance against CWU, NNU and UAF, the Seawolves accomplished a program-first by winning three straight home matches by 3-2 scores ... the 884 fans at the Sept. 29 win over UAF set the program record, while the crowd of 785 ranked 6th on the list of largest volleyball attendances at UAA ... the Seawolves are 8-20 overall against ranked opponents under head coach Chris Green; prior to Green's arrival in 2008, UAA had lost 32 straight matches to ranked foes.

'WOLF NOTES: Reigning GNAC Newcomer of the Year and 2nd-Team all-league Sr. S Kimya Jafroudi currently ranks 2nd in the league and 16th nationally with 10.87 assists per set ... she also paces the GNAC with 0.46 aces per set ... with 41 assists in Saturday's win at MSUB, Jafroudi moved into 7th place on UAA's career list with 1,615 ... the Californian is narrowly behind former GNAC Player-of-the-Year Calli Scott (2008-09) for No. 1 on UAA's career assists average record, trailing 10.62 to 10.49 ... in September, Jafroudi was the MVP of UAA's own SpringHill Suites Invitational, pacing a Seawolf offense that hit .241 ... Jafroudi's 6 aces against Dixie State on Sept. 7 were the most for a Seawolf since 2006 and the most for a GNAC player this year ... Fr. OH Sarah Johnson has shown off her all-around skills early in her career, currently ranking 11th in the GNAC in kills per set (2.79) and 12th in digs per set (3.10) ... the South Anchorage HS product is one of only two GNAC players to be averaging better than 2.75 kps and 3.00 dps ... Johnson was named the GNAC Red Lion Offensive Player of the Week for Sept. 10-16 after posting a .308 attack percentage and averages of 3.40 kills and 3.20 digs in wins over CWU and NNU ... she leads the Seawolves with six double-doubles, including a 24-kill, 24-dig performance in a 3-2 home win over UAF ... with Johnson, Fr. OH Katelynn Zanders (7th, 3.33 kps) and Fr. OH Julia Mackey (9th, 3.06 kps), the Seawolves have three of the GNAC's top 11 leaders in kills per set ... midway through her rookie campaign, Zanders is 15th on UAA's single-season list for kills average ... Mackey has delivered double-digit kills in 13 of 17 matches thus far, while Zanders has done it 11 times ... Jr. MB Jodi Huddleston leads the Seawolves and ranks 5th in the GNAC with a .310 attack pct. ... the Western Nebraska transfer has connected at .300 or better in 9 of 17 matches, while hitting below .200 only twice ... Fr. MB Breanne Sytnyk recorded career-high attack percentages in consecutive matches last week, hitting .368 (9 kills, 2 errors, 19 attempts) at SPU and .386 (6-1-13) at MSUB ... the Canadian now ranks 18th in the GNAC with 0.67 blocks per set ... Jr. L Siobhan Johansen has averaged 5.33 digs per set of the last four matches, vaulting her to 6th in the GNAC and 7th on UAA's single-season list with 4.44 dps ... the Palmer (Colony HS) product is also 18th in the GNAC in aces at 0.25 per set ... Sr. OH/DS Nikkie Viotto ranks in UAA's career top 20 in five categories - total aces (8th, 109), aces per set (10th, .302), total digs (18th, 833), sets played (t-16th, 361) and matches played (t-18th, 98) ... after playing mainly as a serving specialist last year, So. DS Jordan Bush has stepped up her role, playing in all 63 sets and ranking 5th on the team with 1.84 dps ... Bush's ace-to-error ratio of 15-9 is easily best on the team ... So. MB Maureen Sabado, who has missed the last two weeks with a lower-leg injury, has posted a team-best 1.33 blocks per set and is No. 2 on the squad in attack percentage (.301) ... Sabado premiered against Central Washington on Sept. 13 by becoming the first Seawolf in nearly a year to tally 10 total blocks.

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