IRVINE, Calif. – Senior outside hitter Chrisalyn Johnson tallied 13 kills and 10 digs to lead the Alaska Anchorage volleyball team to its second victory in a matter of hours Friday, knocking off host Concordia-Irvine 25-18, 25-23, 25-20 at the D2 West Region Volleyball Showcase at CU Arena.
The Seawolves (5-0) – who posted a 3-2 win against Cal State San Marcos earlier – also got 19 digs and a pair of assists from sophomore libero Anjoilyn Vreeland in the sweep.
The Eagles (1-5) were led by 10 kills from Patience O’Neal, but the Pacific West Conference club was held to a .101 attack percentage and outdug 59-44.
“C.J. was really on with her game tonight, and it was an overall solid effort,” said Chris Green, who coached his 300th match (217-83) for the Seawolves. “There are still a lot of facets that we need to improve, but I’ll take 5-0, with a chance to finish the non-conference season strong tomorrow.”
The Seawolves pulled away from a 16-16 tie in the first set when Taylor Noga and Johnson struck for back-to-back kills off feeds from sophomore setter Casey Davenport (19 assists), sparking a 7-1 run.
UAA led 16-7 in the second before the Eagles began pecking away, tying it on 23-23 on a kill by Jaclyn Brown. Davenport was on the spot with consecutive assists again, however, dishing perfect passes to junior outside hitter Vanessa Boyer and Johnson to clinch the frame.
Tied 13-13 in the third, the Seawolves earned the sweep with a 6-0 surge, highlighted by two kills and three block assists from senior middle blocker Tara Melton. The former JC All-American from Glendale (Ariz.) Community College finished with four kills on .312 hitting and a team-high six block assists.
Along with 10 kills and two aces from Noga, the Seawolves got eight kills, two aces and a career-high nine digs from Boyer, while freshman middle blocker Eve Stephens ripped six kills with three block assists.
The Seawolves play two more matches at the Showcase on Saturday, beginning with a 7:30 a.m. ADT first serve against Cal State East Bay. Watch live at portal.stretchinternet.com/cui.