THIS WEEK IN SEAWOLF VOLLEYBALL...
Thursday, Nov. 1 — 7 pm ADT — Alaska Airlines Center — Anchorage, AK
Seattle Pacific (10-13, 8-8 GNAC) at Alaska Anchorage (19-5, 12-4 GNAC)
Saturday, Nov. 3 — 7 pm ADT — Alaska Airlines Center — Anchorage, AK
Saint Martin's (4-18, 2-14 GNAC [11/1 @UAF]) at Alaska Anchorage
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. (8.41 aps, 0.52 kps, .130 att%, 2.34 dps, 0.32 ace/set)
RS—Eve Stephens, 6-1, Fr. (3.24 kps, .323 att%, 0.74 bps)
MB—Tara Melton, 6-0, Sr. (2.16 kps, .353 att%, 0.99 bps)
MB—Vera Pluharova, 6-2, So. (0.97 kps, .196 att%, 1.18 bps)
OH—Vanessa Boyer, 5-11, Jr. (2.53 kps, .196 att%, 1.21 dps, 0.39 bps, 0.29 ace/set)
OH—Chrisalyn Johnson, 5-9, Sr. (2.84 kps, .147 att%, 3.41 dps, 0.30 ace/set, 0.48 bps)
L—Taylor Noga, 5-10, Sr. (0.93 kps, .125 att%, 4.35 dps, 0.26 bps, 0.31 ace/set)
ABOUT LAST WEEK: The Seawolves survived a pair of road tests last week, knocking off Western Oregon on Thursday and Concordia-Portland on Saturday ... in the first match, Fr. S Ellen Floyd piloted a balanced attack with 46 assists and a match-high 18 digs in a 19-25, 25-17, 25-22, 25-20 win over the Wolves ... Fr. RS Eve Stephens led UAA With 15 kills and Sr. OH Chrisalyn Johnson picked up a double-double with 14 kills and 15 digs as UAA beat WOU for the 12th straight time ... two days later, Sr. MB Tara Melton and Jr. OH Vanessa Boyer posted career highs with 17 kills apiece in a 25-16, 25-20, 21-25, 29-27 victory over the Cavs ... Sr. L Taylor Noga had 25 digs, Floyd dished 56 assists and Johnson tallied 17 digs and 15 digs to help UAA improve to 8-0 all-time against CU.
vs SPU: SPU leads 28-26 overall; UAA leads 14-12 in Anchorage
Streak: UAA 11 / Last: UAA 3-2 (10/6/18 at SPU) / Notes: UAA’s win streak is its longest in series history ... UAA has won five straight in Anchorage, including all four at the Alaska Airlines Center ... SPU’s last win was a 4-setter in Anchorage, Nov. 10, 2012 ... UAA is 17-4 against SPU under head coach Chris Green and leads 21-14 in GNAC matches ... first meetings came in 1991 as members of the Pac West Conference.
vs SMU: UAA leads 33-4 overall; 16-1 in Anchorage
Streak: UAA 21 / Last: UAA 3-1 (10/6/18 at SPU) / Notes: UAA's 21-match win streak is the longest in program history against any opponent ... the Seawolves have won 63 of 67 sets during the streak, which started in 2008; UAA has not lost a set in Anchorage since 2012 ... SMU swept the 2007 series with a pair of 3-0 wins ... UAA leads 31-4 in GNAC matches (since 2001) ... teams played first two matches as Pac West Conference opponents in 1998 and 1999.
OPPONENT SKETCHES: Seattle Pacific has been streaky all season, posting win streaks of five (9/8 to 9/20) and three (10/11 to 10/16), and losing skids of four (8/24 to 8/31), four (9/27 to 10/6) and three (10/20-current) ... the Falcons are led by Gabby Oddo (3.35 kps, .198 att%, 3.02 kps) and setter Symone Tran (10.00 aps, 3.20 dps, 0.49 bps) ... Saint Martin's has won two of its last six – including a 3-1 home win over Northwest Nazarene last week – following an 11-match losing skid ... the Saints, from Lacey, Wash., are led by Megan Vernoy (3.23 kps, .230 att%) and Rachel Gondrezick (2.78 kps, .147 att%, 2.77 dps).
PLAYOFF POSITION: The Seawolves were No. 6 when last week's first NCAA regional polls were announced ... updated rankings will come out Oct. 31 and Nov. 7, leading to the announcement of the eight-team NCAA West Regional Championships field on Nov. 11 ... here's a look at last week's poll, with subsequent results listed in the right-hand column:
NCAA Div. II West Region Volleyball Rankings
Oct. 24, 2018
Rk Team West DII Conf. LW
1 Western Washington 18-1 19-3 GNAC 2-0
2 Cal State San Bernardino 20-2 20-2 CCAA 2-0
3 Cal State LA 19-1 20-1 CCAA 0-2
4 Cal Poly Pomona 18-3 19-3 CCAA 2-0
5 Central Washington 16-5 16-5 GNAC 2-0
6 Alaska Anchorage 14-5 16-5 GNAC 2-0
7 Azusa Pacific 16-6 17-6 PWC 2-0
8 Chaminade 17-4 17-4 PWC 3-0
9 Cal State Monterey Bay 15-6 15-6 CCAA 0-2
10 Point Loma 15-6 15-7 PWC 1-1
TEAM NOTES: UAA ranks 18th in NCAA Div. II with 2.33 blocks per set ... of the 290 teams in D-II volleyball, UAA ranks no lower than 74th in any of the seven major statistical categories ... the Seawolves are No. 2 in the GNAC in opponent attack percentage (.149) and aces per set (1.64) and rank in the top half of every league category ... the Seawolves have clinched their 11th straight winning season, extending the program record that began with Chris Green's arrival at UAA in 2008 ... UAA has also extended streaks of 10 straight winning conference records and top-4 conference finishes ... the Seawolves are 59-12 (.831) at the Alaska Airlines Center since its opening in Sept. 2014 and 105-23 (.820) at home since 2009; UAA has never lost consecutive matches at the Alaska Airlines Center ... the Seawolves are 18-13 against AVCA Top 25 teams since 2014 and 28-40 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 .353 attack percentage and 12th with 0.99 blocks per set ... the former JC All-American from Glendale (Ariz.) College has hit above .400 in eight matches this season, including recent efforts of .435 with 14 kills in the 5-set win at SPU, .647 with 12 kills in the home sweep of MSUB, and .536 with a career-high 17 kills in the road win over Concordia ... Melton ranks 6th in attack pct. (.285), 15th in blocks per set (0.98), 14th in block assists (183) and 19th in total blocks (204) on the Seawolves' career lists, while her current .353 attack pct. is on pace for 2nd-best in UAA single-season history.
C-J'ING DOUBLE-DOUBLE: Sr. OH Chrisalyn Johnson joined an exclusive club recently, becoming the ninth Seawolf in 39 years to reach 1,000 career kills ... one of four unanimous picks to this year's Preseason All-GNAC team, Johnson ranks 14th in the league with 2.84 kills per set and 11th with 3.41 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 13 double-doubles this year and 38 for her career ... an All-NCAA Tournament Team performer at the 2016 Elite Eight and 2017 honorable mention All-GNAC pick, Johnson has accounted for at least seven kills in 81 of the last 91 matches, including 58 times in double figures ... Johnson's career 2.92 kills per set rank 9th on the UAA list, and last week she moved up to 7th on the total kills list with 1,047 and 19th in total digs with 951.
NOGA PARTY: After playing primarily defensive specialist through her first three seasons, Sr. Taylor Noga has shown her versatility this year, starting at right-side hitter for the first 12 matches and libero for the last 12 ... beginning with all-tournament honors in the season-opening UAA Invitational, the former East Anchorage HS star ranks 10th in the GNAC in digs per set (4.42) and 16th in aces per set (0.30) ... 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; she now has nine 20-dig efforts this season, including a career-high 27 against No. 4 WWU, 26 in the 4-set win over WOU and 25 in the wins at SPU and Concordia ... since taking over at libero, she is posting 5.29 dps, which would rank 4th in the league ... Noga has played in 451 of 458 sets in her career and 356 consecutive sets since Dec. 2015, ranking as the 3rd-winningest player (99 victories) in program history; with two more victories, she will catch former teammate Morgan Hooe for No. 2 on that list ... on UAA's other career lists, Noga is 4th in sets played (451), 8th in digs (1,084) and 9th in matches played (121).
GOOD EVE: Fr. RS Eve Stephens is making a strong argument for all-league and GNAC Freshman of the Year honors, ranking 6th in the conference with a .323 attack percentage, 7th with 3.24 kills per set and 9th with 3.65 points per set, along with a solid 0.74 blocks per set ... Stephens's attack pct. ranks 8th nationally among freshmen and is on pace for the UAA freshman record, while her kills average is 13th among D-II freshmen ... 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 13 of the last 16 matches and has hit over .300 in 15 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 almost every week and now averaging 2.53 kps on .196 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 six matches, including 15 in the 3-2 win at SPU and a career-high 17 in the 3-1 win at Concordia-Portland ... 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 (242) and 11th in total blocks (260) ... 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 12 of the 24 matches to rank 5th in the GNAC (30th nationally) with 1.18 bps ... Pluharova has also come into her own offensively of late, improving her attack pct. from .065 to .196 in just the last eight matches, thanks to 46 kills and just six errors in that span ... since taking over as the primary distributor in a one-setter offense on Sept. 20, freshman Ellen Floyd has averaged 10.50 assists per set and delivered 39 of her 47 kills this season ... a Florida native with Kodiak ties, Floyd leads the Seawolves and ranks 11th in the GNAC with 0.32 aces per set, and she is 6th in the league with 8.41 assists per set.
GREEN MACHINE: Having led UAA to an unprecedented 10 straight winning seasons, UAA head coach Chris Green (231-88, .724) 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 No. 1 seeds in 2015 and 2016; in the 28 years before Green’s arrival, the Seawolves made two NCAAs ... UAA has won at an .788 clip (141-38) since the start of the 2013 campaign, including .830 (93-19) 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