LEXINGTON, Ky. – One day after being recognized at the conference level, Alaska Anchorage freshman Eve Stephens was named the Sports Imports/AVCA Division II National Player of the Week on Tuesday by the American Volleyball Coaches Association.
A 6-1 middle blocker from Palmer’s Colony High School, Stephens delivered 55 kills with a .474 attack percentage in wins over Alaska Fairbanks, Rocky Mountain and Montana State Billings, helping the Seawolves improve to 10-2 overall and 3-1 in GNAC play.
In Tuesday’s 4-set victory over UAF, she racked up 21 kills with no attack errors, producing a .656 attack percentage that ranked No. 6 on the all-time Great Northwest Athletic Conference list and best ever for a Seawolf in 17 years of GNAC play.
On Thursday, Stephens delivered seven of her UAA season-high 23 kills in the fifth set as the Seawolves rallied to edge the 6th-ranked team in NAIA, 15-10 in the final frame. She hit .345 in the road victory, along with four block assists.
The rookie completed her week with 11 kills on .304 hitting in Friday’s sweep at Montana State Billings.
Stephens becomes the third Seawolf in program history to earn the AVCA’s national weekly honor, joining current teammate Chrisalyn Johnson (Oct. 31, 2017) and former All-American Rhea Cardwell (Nov. 18, 2008).
The Seawolves return to the road this week with showdowns Thursday at Simon Fraser (5-5, 2-2 GNAC) and Saturday at nationally ranked and league-leading Western Washington (9-3, 4-0). Both contests start at 6 p.m. ADT and can be seen live at GNAC.tv or on each host’s respective YouTube channel.