THIS WEEK IN SEAWOLF VOLLEYBALL...
Thursday, Oct. 4 — 6 pm ADT — Marcus Pavilion — Lacey, WA
Alaska Anchorage (13-3, 6-2 GNAC) at Saint Martin's (2-12, 0-8 GNAC)
Saturday, Oct. 6 — 1 pm ADT — Royal Brougham Pavilion — Seattle, WA
Alaska Anchorage at Seattle Pacific (7-8, 5-3 GNAC [10/4 vs UAF])
LIVE VIDEO & STATS: Both matches at gnac.tv
SOCIAL MEDIA: Check the @UAAVolleyball Twitter feed for in-match updates
UAA PROBABLE STARTERS (2018 stats)
S—Ellen Floyd, 5-10, Fr. (7.25 aps, 0.41 kps, .123 att%, 2.30 dps, 0.34 ace/set)
RS—Eve Stephens, 6-1, Fr. (3.08 kps, .316 att%, 0.81 bps)
MB—Tara Melton, 6-0, Sr. (1.90 kps, .341 att%, 1.13 bps)
MB—Vera Pluharova, 6-2, So. (0.84 kps, .111 att%, 1.29 bps)
OH—Vanessa Boyer, 5-11, Jr. (2.32 kps, .200 att%, 1.26 dps, 0.48 bps)
OH—Chrisalyn Johnson, 5-9, Sr. (2.90 kps, .141 att%, 3.27 dps, 0.32 ace/set, 0.52 bps)
L—Taylor Noga, 5-10, Sr. (1.39 kps, .125 att%, 4.13 dps, 0.35 bps)
OREGON FOES DISPATCHED: UAA defended its home court last week with wins over Concordia-Portland and Western Oregon at the Alaska Airlines Center ... on Thursday, Sr. OH Chrisalyn Johnson powered a 25-17, 25-11, 25-14 rout with 12 kills, 13 digs and 3 aces, improving the Seawolves to 7-0 all-time against the Cavs ... Fr. S Ellen Floyd had 7 kills on 9 attacks (.778) and 35 assists, while So. MB Vera Pluharova had 6 kills on 1.000 hitting and 4 block assists as UAA's .380 attack percentage was the program's best in three years and best ever at the Alaska Airlines Center, which opened in 2014 ... on Saturday, Sr. MB Tara Melton had 13 kills on .550 hitting and 3 total blocks to help UAA repel a WOU upset bid, 25-16, 24-26, 25-22, 26-24 ... Jr. OH Vanessa Boyer had a match-high 14 kills, Floyd delivered 35 assists, 4 kills and 12 digs, and Sr. L Taylor Noga made a career-high 26 digs as the Seawolves defeated the Wolves for the 11th straight time ... Pluharova was also clutch again, sparking a rally from a 19-13 deficit in the 4th set with three straight blocks, and finishing with match-high seven total blocks.
vs SMU: UAA leads 32-4 overall, 16-1 in Anchorage
Streak: UAA 20 / Last: UAA 3-1 (10/21/17 at SMU) / Notes: UAA's 20-match win streak is the longest in program history against any opponent ... the Seawolves have won 60 of 63 sets during the streak, which started in 2008 ... SMU swept the 2007 series with a pair of 3-0 wins ... UAA leads 30-4 in GNAC matches (since 2001) ... teams played first two matches as Pac West Conference opponents in 1998 and 1999.
vs SPU: SPU leads 28-25 overall; UAA leads 14-12 in Anchorage
Streak: UAA 10 / Last: UAA 3-2 (10/19/17 at SPU) / Notes: UAA’s win streak is its longest in series history ... UAA has won six straight in Seattle ... SPU’s last win was a 4-setter in Anchorage, Nov. 10, 2012 ... UAA is 16-4 against SPU under head coach Chris Green and leads 20-14 in GNAC matches ... first meetings came in 1991 as members of the Pac West Conference.
OPPONENT SKETCHES: Saint Martin's has lost nine straight, following a 2-3 start ... the Saints, whose wins are over Hawaii-Hilo and Academy of Art, are led by Megan Vernoy (3.08 ppg, .222 att%) and Rachel Gondrezick (2.62 kps, .144 att%, 2.73 dps, 0.37 bps) ... Seattle Pacific saw its 5-match win streak snapped last week with hard-luck losses, falling in five sets (13-15) at Northwest Nazarene and four sets at Central Washington (26-28 in 2nd, 23-25 in 4th) ... the Falcons are led by Gabby Oddo (3.20 kps, .194 att%, 3.07 dps) and Hailey Gaines (2.33 kps, .179 att%, 0.91 bps).
TEAM NOTES: UAA ranks 9th in NCAA Div. II with 2.58 blocks per set and leads the GNAC in opponent attack percentage (.140) ... the Seawolves need two more victories to clinch their 11th straight winning season, trying to extend the program record that began with Chris Green's arrival at UAA in 2008 ... the Seawolves are 57-11 (.838) at the Alaska Airlines Center since its opening in Sept. 2014 and 103-22 (.824) at home since 2009 ... UAA is 18-12 against AVCA Top 25 teams since 2014 and 28-39 overall against ranked opponents under Green; prior to Green's arrival, UAA had lost 32 prior to nationally ranked foes.
MELTON SWELTERIN': One year after sharing GNAC Newcomer of the Year honors, Sr. MB Tara Melton is a candidate for more hardware, ranking 4th in the GNAC with a .341 attack percentage and 8th with 1.13 blocks per set (35th nationally) ... the former JC All-American from Glendale (Ariz.) College has hit above .400 in five matches this season, including a season-best .562 with 10 kills to power the comeback victory over Cal State San Marcos, and .550 with 13 kills in the 4-set win over Wesern Oregon ... now officially 1.5 years into her UAA career, she ranks No. 10 in attack pct. (.264) and blocks per set (1.13) on the program's all-time lists ... her current .341 attack pct. also ranks No. 3 on UAA's single-season list.
CHRISALYN BLISTERIN': One of four unanimous picks to this year's Preseason All-GNAC team, Sr. OH Chrisalyn Johnson ranks 13th in the league with 2.90 kills per set and 9th with 3.54 points per set ... Johnson claimed the Most Outstanding Player award at the UAA Invitational and shared GNAC co-Offensive Player of the Week honor on opening weekend, and she leads UAA with nine double-doubles this year and 34 for her career ... an All-NCAA Tournament Team performer at the 2016 Elite Eight, Johnson and 2017 honorable mention All-GNAC pick, Johnson has accounted for at least seven kills in 75 of the last 83 matches, including 54 times in double figures ... Johnson's career 2.95 kills per set rank 9th on the UAA list, while her 966 total kills rank 10th; she needs 20 more kills to reach 9th.
NOGA PARTY: After playing primarily defensive specialist through her first three seasons, Sr. Taylor Noga has shown her versatility this year, starting right-side hitter for the first 12 matches and libero for the last four ... beginning with all-tournament honors in the season-opening UAA Invitational, the former East Anchorage HS star is averaging 1.39 kills and 0.35 blocks per set, along with GNAC top-20 ranks in digs per set (12th, 4.13 dps) and aces per set (15th, 0.32) ... Noga had career highs of 13 kills and 21 digs in the win over Michigan Tech, posting her first double-double and topping her previous best of 19 digs from the 2016 NCAA Semifinals against Palm Beach Atlantic; she has three times since topped her career high with 22 digs in the 4-set win over Notre Dame de Namur, 25 digs in the loss to Central Washington and 26 in the 4-set win over Western Oregon ... Noga has played in 421 of 426 sets in her career and 326 consecutive sets since Dec. 2015, ranking as the 3rd-winningest player (93 victories) in program history ... she ranks 10th on UAA's career list for sets played (413) and 14th in matches played (113).
GOOD EVE: Fr. MB Eve Stephens is making a strong argument for all-league and GNAC Freshman of the Year honors thus far, ranking 6th in the conference with a .316 attack percentage (on pace for UAA freshman record), 9th with 3.08 kills per set, 10th with 3.52 points per set and 17th with 0.81 blocks per set ... the GNAC offensive and Sports Imports/AVCA Division II National player-of-the-week for Sept. 10-16, she has blasted double-figure kills in seven of the last eight matches and has hit over .300 in 10 of 16 contests ... in the 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 GNAC list and best ever for a Seawolf in 17 years of GNAC play (minimum 18 kills) ... she has had at least 6 kills in every match, including a UAA season-high 23 in the road win over Rocky Mountain.
MORE 'WOLF BITES: Jr. OH Vanessa Boyer made the move from middle blocker to outside hitter this year and has shown steady improvement at her new position, increasing her kills numbers nearly every week and now averaging 2.32 kps on .200 hitting ... Boyer delivered her first career double-double with 12 kills and 12 digs against Notre Dame de Namur, and she has posted at least 14 kills in three of the last eight matches ... a starter on UAA's 2016 NCAA Runner-Up squad, Boyer ranks in UAA's career top 20 lists in multiple categories, currently at 8th in block assists (236) and 11th in total blocks (254) ... after totaling just 12 blocks in 24 sets last season, So. MB Vera Pluharova made her debut in the regular rotation and claimed GNAC Defensive Player of the Week honors with 22 total blocks in the season-opening UAA Invitational ... the Czech native has had at least 5 total blocks in 10 of the 16 matches thus far, including 8 in the opening sweep of Western New Mexico, to rank 2nd in the GNAC (11th nationally) with 1.29 bps ... the Seawolves seem solid in the present and the future at the setter position, running a '6-2' system most of the season that features reigning GNAC Freshman of the Year Casey Davenport and talented freshman Ellen Floyd ... with that duo running the show, the Seawolves rank 4th in the GNAC with a .205 attack percentage and lead the conference with a .140 opponent attack percentage ... a Florida native with Kodiak ties, Floyd has premiered with team bests of 7.25 assists per set and 0.34 aces per set, both top-15 league marks.
GREEN MACHINE: Having led UAA to an unprecedented 10 straight winning seasons, UAA head coach Chris Green (225-86, .723) 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 .789 clip (135-36) since the start of the 2013 campaign, including .837 (87-17) in league play ... Green’s UAA teams have produced six All-Americans, five GNAC Players of the Year, six GNAC Newcomers of the Year and four 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.
2018 INDIVIDUAL HONORS
Preseason All-GNAC Team
Preseason All-GNAC Team
UAA Invitational Most Outstanding Player, 8/25
GNAC co-Offensive Player of the Week, 8/20-26
UAA Invitational All-Tournament Team
GNAC Defensive Player of the Week, 8/20-26
GNAC Offensive Player of the Week, 9/10-16
Sports Imports/AVCA National Player of the Week, 9/10-16