PORTLAND, Ore. – Coming off an unbeaten opening weekend, the Alaska Anchorage volleyball team claimed a pair of Great Northwest Athletic Conference Player-of-the-Week honors Monday, with sophomore Vera Pluharova winning the defensive award and senior Chrisalyn Johnson sharing the offensive award.
A 6-2 middle blocker, Pluharova made her debut in the regular rotation by posting 22 total blocks in the three victories, taking the early GNAC lead with 1.83 blocks per set. The Nechanice, Czech Republic, native opened with eight block assists in Thursday’s sweep of Western New Mexico and followed with six blocks – including a pair of solos – in Friday’s 4-set win over defending Conference Carolinas champion Barton College. Pluharova finished with a match-high eight total blocks, along with seven kills, in Saturday’s 5-set thriller against Michigan Tech.
Meanwhile, Johnson earned her third career GNAC weekly award after averaging 2.75 kills on .230 hitting, along with 3.00 digs per set over the weekend. The local Dimond High School product was named the Most Outstanding Player of the UAA Invitational, posting double-doubles in the wins over fellow 2017 NCAA Tournament qualifiers Barton and Michigan Tech, including 15 kills and 15 digs against Barton. Johnson finished the weekend with 11 kills against Tech, slamming set-point spikes in 28-26 first-set and 15-11 fifth-set victories.
Johnson shared this week’s offensive award with Montana State Billings freshman middle blocker Eavan Taylor.
The Seawolves (3-0) return to action this weekend with four matches at the D2 West Region Showcase in Irvine, Calif., beginning with a Friday clash against Cal State San Marcos (2-2) at noon Alaska Daylight Time. All four matches from the Showcase can be seen live at portal.stretchinternet.com/cui.