THIS WEEK IN SEAWOLF VOLLEYBALL...
Thursday, Nov. 9 — 7 pm AST — Alaska Airlines Center — Anchorage, Alaska
Western Oregon (6-17, 2-14 GNAC) at Alaska Anchorage (16-9, 11-5 GNAC)
Saturday, Nov. 11 — 1:30 pm AST — Alaska Airlines Center — Anchorage, Alaska
Concordia-Portland (11-12, 6-10 GNAC [Thu. @UAF]) at Alaska Anchorage
ON TV: Both matches, live throughout Alaska on GCI Channel 907 (hd) and 1 (sd)
LIVE VIDEO & STATS (free): portal.stretchinternet.com/uaa or gnac.tv
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TICKETS: $10 general admission, $8 discounted, UAA students free with valid WolfCard ... visit GoSeawolves.com or call 907-786-1562 for all ticket info.
UAA PROBABLE STARTERS (2017 stats)
S—Casey Davenport, 5-6, Fr. (6.62 aps, 2.33 dps, 0.52 kps, .218 att%)
MB—Vanessa Hayes, 5-11, So. (1.62 kps, .249 att%, 0.82 bps, 0.21 ace/set)
MB—Tara Melton, 6-0, Jr. (1.39 kps, .199 att%, 1.03 bps)
OH—Leah Swiss, 6-0, Jr. (3.23 kps, .209 att%, 2.60 dps, 0.43 bps, 0.47 ace/set)
OH—Chrisalyn Johnson, 5-9, Jr. (2.97 kps, .154 att%, 2.32 dps, 0.48 bps, 0.46 ace/set)
RS—Vera Pluharova, 6-2, Fr. (0.60 kps, .241 att%, 0.60 bps)
L—Keala Kaio-Perez, 5-7, Sr. (5.21 dps, 0.49 ace/set, 0.96 asst/set)
KNOW THE FOES: Western Oregon has dropped eight in a row and 14 of its last 15 since starting GNAC play with a road sweep of Saint Martin's ... the Wolves, from Monmouth, Ore., are led by Alisha Bettinson (3.53 kps, .151 att%, 3.23 dps) and Mariella Vandenkooy (2.86 kps, .224 att%, 0.51 bps) ... Concordia-Portland snapped a 4-match skid last week with road wins over WOU (3-0) and MSU Billings (3-2 [15-12]) ... now in their third year in the GNAC, the Cavaliers are led by Lindsey Dorsey (3.52 kps, .240 att%, 2.48 dps, 0.61 bps) and Colby Barnette (2.85 kps, .298 att%, 1.17 bps).
UAA WOU CU
UAA Home/Opp. Road 7-3 1-7 3-4
Kills per Set 12.2 12.0 12.9
Attack Pct. .186 .165 .196
Opponent Attack Pct. .165 .213 .213
Assists per Set 11.3 11.4 12.1
Digs per Set 17.6 17.7 16.3
Blocks per Set 2.1 1.4 2.0
Aces per Set 1.8 1.2 1.4
vs WOU: UAA leads 20-15 overall, 10-7 in Anchorage
Last: UAA 3-1 (10/14/17 at WOU) / Streak: UAA 9 / Notes: The Seawolves are aiming for their fifth straight season sweep of the Wolves ... UAA has won the last four meetings in Anchorage via sweep ... WOU won four straight from 2011-12 ... teams have played only two 5-setters since 2006 ... UAA leads 19-14 in GNAC meetings (since 2001) and 12-7 under head coach Chris Green (since 2008) ... series started 1981 but teams did not play again until 1999.
vs CU: UAA leads 5-0 overall, 2-0 in Anchorage
Last: UAA 3-2 (10/13/17 at CU) Notes: UAA swept the first three meetings, although CU pushed the Seawolves to four sets in Portland last year and five sets in Portland last month ... first meeting was a 3-0 UAA road win, Sept. 19, 2015 in Portland.
BORDER BLUES: The Seawolves saw their six-match winning streak halted last week with a 4-set loss to nationally 8th- and regionally 3rd-ranked Western Washington on Nov. 2 in Bellingham and a 3-set loss to Simon Fraser on Nov. 4 in Burnaby ... in the loss at WWU, Jr. OHs Leah Swiss (17 kills/15 digs) and Chrisalyn Johnson (14 kills/season-high 22 digs) each posted double-doubles and Sr. L Keala Kaio-Perez tied her career high with 36 digs, but the Vikings outblocked the Seawolves 13-7 and outhit them .183 to .134 ... in a contest that featured 409 combined attacks and 231 combined digs, the Seawolves' 122 digs equaled the program's rally-scoring era record, set 10 years ago against Northwest Nazarene ... on Saturday in Canada, the Seawolves got 14 kills from Swiss and a career-high 7 kills from Fr. MB/RS Vera Pluharova, but they were outhit .322 to .161 and held to one block and two aces ... Kaio-Perez had 20 digs as UAA lost to the Clan for the first time in 16 all-time meetings.
TEAM NOTES: The Seawolves have clinched a winning record for 10th straight season, extending the program record that began with Chris Green's arrival at UAA in 2008 ... UAA leads the GNAC in aces per set (1.83) and ranks 3rd in blocks per set (2.11) ... the Seawolves hold top-50 national ranks in aces per set (28th) and blocks per set (43rd) ... UAA is 3-5 against AVCA Top 25 teams this year and 18-10 against ranked teams since 2014 ... UAA is 28-37 against ranked opponents under Green, after having lost 32 straight prior to his arrival in 2008... the Seawolves are 47-9 at the Alaska Airlines Center since its opening in Sept. 2014 and 93-20 at home since 2009 ... the loss at NNU on Sept. 28 ended a pair of program records at 16 straight road wins and 18 straight GNAC road wins; UAA's last GNAC road loss had been Oct. 8, 2015 at NNU... the season-opening loss to UCSD snapped a 26-match win streak in the month of September, dating back to Sept. 25, 2014.
A HOWL LOTTA LOVE: UAA led NCAA Div. II Volleyball in attendance the past two seasons, and 2017 looks like it may be a familiar story, as the Seawolves rank No. 1 again with an average of 1,038 ... last season, UAA drew a program and GNAC-record 1,387 per game and had five of the year's top seven single-match attendance totals, with the 2,710 for the West Regional final.
2017 NCAA Div. II Average Attendance
Rk Team Avg Matches
1. Alaska Anchorage 1,038 10
2. Nebraska Kearney 928 17
2. Southwest Minnesota St. 845 8
4. Angelo State 764 12
5. Minnesota Duluth 738 10
SWISS AIR: A two-time All-GNAC performer and 2016 AVCA Second Team All-American, Jr. OH Leah Swiss started the year with all-tourney honors at the Seaside Invitational and has been UAA's most productive all-around performer with 3.23 kills per set, 2.60 digs per set and a 0.47 aces per set ... the GNAC Preseason Player of the Year has registered at least nine kills in 53 of the last 62 matches, including a UAA season-high 25 kills in the win over No. 10 NW Nazarene ... in the GNAC stats, Swiss is 2nd in aces per set (35th nationally), 10th in kills per set and 6th in points per set (3.95), recording a team-best 13 double-doubles ... the former local Dimond High star continues to move up UAA's career lists each week, rising to No. 2 in aces (139) and No. 6 in kills (1,093) in less than three seasons; her other current ranks are 7th in kills per set (3.13), 20th in attack pct. (.224), 3rd in aces per set (0.40) and tied for 6th in victories (78) ... Swiss owns 34 career double-doubles, with a current string of six in the last seven matches.
C.J. SPIKE IT: Jr. OH Chrisalyn Johnson has raised her play since the calendar turned to October, recording double-doubles in eight of 10 matches, and capturing both GNAC Offensive Player of the Week and AVCA DII National Player of the Week honors for her efforts in home wins Central Washington and Northwest Nazarene ... in addition to her career-high 24 kills in the win over No. 25 CWU, the former Dimond High star has recent efforts of 16 kills and a season-high 18 digs against No. 10 NNU, and 17 kills, 15 digs and 5 blocks at Concordia-Portland ... an All-NCAA Tournament Team performer at the Elite Eight last season, Johnson currently ranks 12th in the GNAC with 2.97 kills per set and 13th with 3.47 points per set, topping 20 kills on three occasions this year ... she has accounted for at least seven kills in 55 of the last 62 matches, including 37 times in double figures ... Johnson's career 2.92 kills per set rank 9th on the UAA list, while her 723 total kills already rank 18th, despite playing only a handful of sets her freshman season.
DEPENDABLE DUO: In addition to their veterans outside hitters, the Seawolves have two other players – Jr. DS/RS Taylor Noga and So. MB Vanessa Hayes – who played in every set on last year's NCAA Runner-Up squad ... Noga has played in 341 of 346 sets in her career and 246 consecutive sets since Dec. 2015, ranking as the 8th-winningest player (77 victories) in program history ... the former East Anchorage High standout has tallied double-digit digs in seven of the last nine matches, with 16 at Concordia-Portland, 17 in the win over No. 10 NW Nazarene and a season-high 18 in the 4-set loss at No. 8 Western Washington ... Noga has recorded at least 10 digs 25 times in her career, including a career-high-tying 19 in UAA's 3-1 victory over Palm Beach Atlantic in the 2016 NCAA Semifinals ... Noga committed just six reception errors in her final 246 attempts (.976) last season, and she sports a .950 reception percentage this year ... meanwhile, after going for no more than 9 kills in her first 54 career matches, Hayes has recently bolstered her offensive reputation with double-figure kills in three of the last eight contests, including a pair of 13-kill showings in the wins at Concordia and Western Oregon ... with at least four kills in 24 of 25 matches this year, the Salem, Ore. (McNary HS) native leads UAA and ranks 13th in the GNAC with a .249 attack percentage, boosted by career-high .600 hitting (7-1-10) in the sweep of Cal State LA and a .545 (7-1-11) performance at UAF ... Hayes has also already premiered on UAA's career top 20 lists in multiple categories, ranking 17th in attack pct. (.230), 12th in block assists (205, needs 16 to move into top 10), and 17th in total blocks (209, needs eight to move into top 15).
HOLLAH FOR 'ALA: Sr. L/DS Keala Kaio-Perez – known to her teammates as 'Ala' – has grown more comfortable each match in her role as UAA's primary libero, leading the Seawolves and ranking 3rd in the GNAC with 5.21 digs per set ... since being rewarded with the GNAC Defensive Player of the Week honor for her effort in the home wins over Saint Martin's and Seattle Pacific in late September, Kaio-Perez has averaged 5.93 digs per set, boosted by career highs of 36 digs in both matches against Western Washington and 31 in the win over No. 25 Central Washington ... she has four efforts of at least 30 digs and 11 matches with at least 20 digs this year, returning from and ACL injury suffered in Sept. 2016 ... the Waimanalo, Hawaii (Kailua HS) native and Western Nebraska CC transfer has posted at least 15 digs in all but two matches this season, while her 0.96 assists per set are second-best on the team ... after tying her career-high 5 aces in the win over No. 10 NW Nazarene, Kaio-Perez leads the GNAC and ranks 24th nationally with 0.49 aces per set, serving multiple aces in 14 of 25 matches.
CASEY DRIVIN' THAT TRAIN: Fr. S Casey Davenport has looked more comfortable in each match since the Seawolves switched to a '5-1' rotation in early October, averaging 9.75 assists, 0.97 kills on .221 hitting, 3.50 digs and 0.32 blocks per set – picking up all 14 of her blocks since Oct. 5 ... Davenport dished the most assists by a Seawolf this season with 53 in the 5-set win at Concordia-Portland, and she has posted double-digit digs in eight of the last 10 contests, including 29 against No. 25 Central Washington and 21 at Seattle Pacific ... the Auburn, Wash., native ranks 10th in the overall GNAC stats with 6.62 assists per set.
MELTON TOGETHER: Jr. MB Tara Melton has shown impressive flashes since debuting in Green & Gold, posting at least five kills in 18 of 25 matches, including a career-high 11 kills in the win over No. 25 Central Washington and 10 kills on UAA season-best .692 hitting at Saint Martin's ... a former JC All-American at her hometown Glendale (Ariz.) Community College, Melton leads UAA and ranks 10th in the GNAC with 1.03 bocks per set ... she has eight matches with 5-plus blocks, including 10 block assists against Azusa Pacific and 7 block assists in wins over Concordia-Irvine, at MSU Billings and at Seattle Pacific.
GREEN MACHINE: Having led UAA to an unprecedented nine straight winning seasons, UAA head coach Chris Green (209-81, .721) has established himself as the most successful coach in program history and one of the top mentors in the NCAA Div. II ranks, earning the 2016 AVCA D-II National Coach of the Year award ... a 4-time GNAC Coach of the Year (2009, '13, '15, '16) and 3-time AVCA D-II West Region Coach of the Year (2009, '15, '16), Green has led UAA to NCAA Tournament berths in seven of the last eight seasons, capturing the program’s highest-ever seeds the last three years; in the 28 years before Green’s arrival, the Seawolves made two NCAAs ... UAA has won at an .793 clip (119-31) since the start of the 2013 campaign, including .848 (78-14) in league play ... Green’s UAA teams have produced six All-Americans, five GNAC Players of the Year, five GNAC Newcomers of the Year and three GNAC Freshmen of the Year ... hired in Feb. 2008 as the sixth coach in UAA Volleyball history, Green spent the previous nine seasons (1999-07) as the head coach at Western Nebraska Community College, where he built a powerhouse program. Among his list of accomplishments at WNCC were a 453-55 record, the 2007 NJCAA Div. I national championship, 2006 NJCAA runner-up, and four straight ‘Final 4’ berths ... the Cougars finished in the top 10 at the national tournament in all of Green’s seasons, producing a total of 10 first-team and six second-team All-America certificates ... in 2011, he was inducted into the NJCAA Hall of Fame.
2017 INDIVIDUAL HONORS
Preseason All-GNAC Team
Preseason All-GNAC Team
GNAC Offensive Player of the Week, Oct. 23-29
GNAC Defensive Player of the Week, Sept. 18-24
GNAC Preseason Player of the Year
Preseason All-GNAC Team
Seaside Invitational All-Tournament Team