THIS WEEK IN SEAWOLF VOLLEYBALL...
Thursday, Nov. 15 — 5 pm AST
Johnson Sports Center — Nampa, ID
Alaska Anchorage (16-8, 11-5 GNAC)
at Northwest Nazarene (13-14, 6-10 GNAC)
Saturday, Nov. 17 — 6 pm AST
Nicholson Pavilion — Ellensburg, WA
at Central Washington (19-7, 12-4 GNAC [11/15 vs UAF])
ONLINE: Both matches will feature live video and live stats via Stretch Internet.
PROBABLE UAA STARTERS (2012 stats)
S—Kimya Jafroudi, 5-7, Sr. (10.73 aps, 2.49 dps, 0.49 ace/set)
MB—Jodi Huddleston, 6-1, Jr. (2.05 kps, .288 att%, 0.67 bps)
MB—Breanne Sytnyk, 6-0, Fr. (1.31 kps, .247 att%, 0.82 bps)
OH—Katelynn Zanders, 5-9, Fr. (3.25 kps, .161 att%, 0.42 bps)
OH—Sarah Johnson, 6-1, Fr. (2.46 kps, .167 att%, 2.99 dps)
RS—Julia Mackey, 5-11, Fr. (3.16 kps, .249 att%, 0.54 bps)
L—Siobhan Johansen, 5-7, Jr. (4.43 dps, 0.23 ace/set, 1.27 asst/set)
SCOUTING THE OPPONENTS: Northwest Nazarene enters the final weekend looking for a winning record and hoping to catch MSU Billings for 6th place in the GNAC standings … the Crusaders are led by Becky Flores (2.85 kps, .281 att%, 0.73 bps) and Kaitlyn Tuholski (2.07 kps, .171 att%, 2.41 dps, 0.66 bps) … regionally 7th-ranked Central Washington comes in with playoff hopes riding high after a 3-0 road sweep of Western Oregon on Saturday … the Wildcats are led by Marcy Hjellum (3.74 kps, .204 att%, 3.39 dps) and Erin Smith (2.30 kps, .359 att%, 0.98 bps).
THE SERIES vs. NNU: NNU leads 13-11 (9-3 in Nampa)
Last Meeting: UAA 3-2 (9/15/12 at UAA)
Streak: UAA 2
Notes: UAA has a 6-1 edge since 2009 … teams split last season, with each winning on its home court … NNU won nine straight between 2003-07 … NNU leads 12-11 in GNAC meetings (since 2001) … series started in 2000.
THE SERIES vs. CWU: Tied 16-16 (CWU leads 8-6 in Ellensburg)
Last Meeting: UAA 3-2 (9/13/12 at UAA)
Streak: UAA 3
Notes: UAA has an 8-1 advantage since 2008, following 10 straight CWU wins from 2003-07 … UAA won both 2011 meetings with a sweep in Ellensburg and a 5-setter in Anchorage in the regular-season finale … five of the last nine matches have gone five sets — including the last two — and two others have gone four … CWU leads 13-10 in GNAC meetings … series began in 1980, although teams did not meet between 1983-98.
TEAM COMPARISONS UAA NNU CWU
Overall Record 16-8 13-14 19-7
GNAC Record 11-5 6-10 12-4
Current GNAC Place 4th 7th t-2nd
UAA Road/Opp. Home 5-3 5-3 6-2
Kills per Set 12.9 12.4 12.7
Attack Pct. .200 .204 .207
Assists per Set 12.1 11.3 11.9
Blocks per Set 1.8 2.0 2.1
Digs per Set 16.6 15.7 15.7
Aces per Set 1.6 1.5 1.6
LAST TIME VS NNU & CWU: The Seawolves earned a pair of hard-fought, 5-set home victories to begin the GNAC season against Central Washington on Sept. 13 and Northwest Nazarene on Sept. 15 … in the first match, Fr. OH Sarah Johnson had 16 kills and 15 digs in the 25-19, 25-21, 26-28, 17-25, 15-10 decision over CWU … the Seawolves also got a sterling debut from So. MB Maureen Sabado, who had 10 kills and 10 total blocks, while Sr. S Kimya Jafroudi had 59 assists to come just one shy of her career-high … Fr. OH Julia Mackey had 16 kills and 7 block assists, Fr. OH Katelynn Zanders added 15 kills, and Jr. MB Jodi Huddleston had 11 to make it five Seawolves with double-digit kills … Jr. L Siobhan Johansen led UAA with 19 digs … on Saturday, Johnson had career-highs of 18 kills and 17 digs as UAA overcame NNU, 25-13, 23-25, 25-22, 27-29, 15-6 … the Seawolves won their 6th straight thanks also to Huddleston, who tallied 14 kills on match-best .345 hitting … Sabado finished with 7 total blocks, Mackey had 11 kills on .267 hitting, and Zanders chipped in 10 kills and 5 total blocks, including 3 solos … Jafroudi produced 51 assists, 9 digs and 3 block assists, while Johansen and Sr. OH/DS Nikkie Viotto earned 18 and 15 digs, respectively.
SEAWOLVES SPLIT HOME FINALES: The Seawolves finished their home season with a 10-3 record after beating Montana State Billings, 25-19, 25-21, 25-18, and losing to Seattle Pacific, 16-25, 25-21, 21-25, 23-25, on Nov. 8 and 10 … in the first match, Fr. OH Julia Mackey had a UAA season-high with 18 kills in a 3-setter, connecting at a .441 percentage against the Yellowjackets … Jr. L/S Siobhan Johansen had team-highs of 31 assists, 13 digs and matched her career-high with 3 blocks, filling in for injured Sr. S Kimya Jafroudi … on ‘senior night’ Saturday, the Seawolves struggled hitting despite double-doubles from Mackey and Fr. OH Sarah Johnson and lost to SPU at home for the first time since 2007 … Mackey had 12 kills and 10 digs, while Johnson tallied 11 kills, 12 digs and three total blocks, but the Seawolves hit just .067 … Johansen dished 32 assists and had 6 digs, while Sr. OH/DS Nikkie Viotto and So. L/DS Jordan Bush each delivered career-highs with an identical 24 digs.
TEAM NOTES: The Seawolves have clinched their unprecedented 5th straight winning season and their 4th straight winning GNAC campaign … UAA improved to 5-0 in 5-set matches this year by beating UAF on Oct. 27 … the Seawolves went 10-3 at the Wells Fargo Sports Complex this season after having a 16-match home winning streak stopped Oct. 6 against Western Washington … the Seawolves are 38-7 at the WFSC since 2009; UAA has not lost consecutive home matches under head coach Chris Green, who took over in 2008 … UAA is 14-0 when posting a higher hitting pct. and 10-2 when outblocking its opponent … the Seawolves rank No. 2 in the GNAC in five of the seven main stats categories — digs per set (16.5), aces per set (1.6), kills per set (13.0), assists per set (12.1) and opponent attack pct. (.162) … by going the distance against CWU, NNU and UAF during the first round of GNAC play, the Seawolves accomplished a program-first by winning three straight home matches by 3-2 scores … the 884 fans Sept. 29 against UAF and the 862 against WOU on Oct. 20 were the top two crowds in program history, while the 785 against WWU on Oct. 6 ranked 7th on the list of largest volleyball attendances at UAA … the Seawolves are 8-21 overall against ranked opponents under Green; prior to Green’s arrival in 2008, UAA had lost 32 straight matches to ranked foes.
’WOLF NOTES: Reigning GNAC Newcomer of the Year and 2nd-Team all-league Sr. S Kimya Jafroudi is tied for 2nd in the league and is 24th nationally with 10.73 assists per set … she also paces the GNAC with 0.49 aces per set, good for 40th in Div. II and No. 6 on UAA’s single-season list … currently with 1,831 career assists, the Californian will finish No. 6 on the all-time UAA list; in assists average, she will finish No. 2, currently at 10.46 apg … in September, Jafroudi was the MVP of UAA’s own SpringHill Suites Invitational, pacing a Seawolf offense that hit .241 … Fr. OH Sarah Johnson has shown off her all-around skills early in her career, currently ranking 16th in the GNAC in kills per set (2.46) and 13th in digs per set (2.99) … she leads the Seawolves with nine double-doubles, including a 24-kill, 24-dig performance in the 3-2 home win over UAF … Johnson was the GNAC Red Lion Offensive Player of the Week for Sept. 10-16 after posting a .308 attack pct. and averages of 3.40 kills and 3.20 digs in home wins over CWU and NNU … with Johnson, Fr. OH Katelynn Zanders (7th, 3.25 kps) and Fr. OH Julia Mackey (8th, 3.06 kps), the Seawolves have two of the GNAC’s top-10 leaders in kills per set … midway through her rookie campaign, Zanders is 17th on UAA’s single-season list for kills average … Mackey has delivered double-digit kills in 18 of 24 matches thus far, while Zanders has done it 13 times … Jr. MB Jodi Huddleston leads the Seawolves and ranks 8th in the GNAC with a .288 attack pct., trying to become just the eighth Seawolf to top the .300 mark … the Western Nebraska transfer has connected at .300 or better in 11 of 24 matches, while hitting below .200 only four times … Fr. MB Breanne Sytnyk has come on strong over the second half of the season, registering a .295 attack percentage with 1.81 kills and 1.06 blocks per set over the last 10 matches … the Canadian now ranks 13th in the GNAC with 0.82 blocks per set … Jr. L/S Siobhan Johansen dropped to 8th in the GNAC with and 8th on UAA’s single-season list with 4.43 dps, having moved from libero to setter last week in relief of Jafroudi … Johansen’s 32 digs at UAF on Oct. 27 were a career high and the most for a Seawolf in nearly a year … Sr. OH/DS Nikkie Viotto ranks in UAA’s career top 20 in five categories — total aces (t-5th, 119), aces per set (10th, .308), total digs (16th, 904), sets played (14th, 386) and matches played (16th, 105) … after making a career-high 24 digs Saturday against SPU, the Eagle River native can finish as high as 13th in both total digs and sets played … So. DS/L Jordan Bush has stepped up her role in her second season, playing in all 88 sets and ranking 5th on the team with 2.09 dps … the Washingtonian’s ace-to-error ratio of 24-11 is easily best on the team, and she ranks 13th in the GNAC with 0.27 aces per set.
REGIONAL RANKINGS: The Seawolves find themselves on the outside of the playoff bubble after the release of the first NCAA regional rankings on Oct. 31 … UAA is not in the top 10, while GNAC squads Western Washington (2nd), Central Washington (7th) and Western Oregon (8th) are all in position to make the NCAA Tournament … California squads Sonoma State and Chico State sit 9th and 10th, respectively … the final regular-season poll will be announced Wednesday, leading to the announcement of the NCAA field on Sunday.
SEAWOLVES PICKED 3RD IN POLL: The Seawolves were tabbed for third place in the 2012 GNAC Preseason Coaches’ Poll, released Aug. 21 … UAA received 70 points in the balloting, narrowly trailing Western Washington and Western Oregon:
Great Northwest Athletic Conference
2012 Volleyball Coaches Poll
Rk Team (1st-pl. votes) 2011 Records Pts
1. W. Washington (3) 16-6 (14-4, 2nd-T) 72
2. Western Oregon (4) 14-8 (13-5, 4th) 71
3. Alaska Anchorage (2) 18-9 (14-4, 2nd-T) 70
4. Seattle Pacific 21-7 (15-3, 1st) 61
5. Northwest Nazarene 17-8 (12-6, 5th) 47
6. Central Washington 15-11 (9-9, 6th ) 42
7. Montana St. Billings 11-16 (5-13, 7th-T) 34
8. Saint Martin's 7-18 (5-13, 7th-T) 24
9. Alaska Fairbanks 2-24 (2-16, 9th) 20
10. Simon Fraser 1-21 (1-17, 10th) 9
(Note: First-place votes in parentheses. Points awarded on a 9-8-7-6-5-4-3-2-1 basis. Each coach ranked other nine teams)