ANCHORAGE – Alaska Anchorage volleyball coach Chris Green announced Tuesday that the Seawolves have received National Letters of Intent from a pair of top high school standouts – Sydney Blankinship and Morgan Hooe – during the recent signing period.
Hooe, from South Anchorage High School, completed an outstanding prep career by leading the Wolverines to a runner-up finish at the ASAA Class 4A State Tournament last month. The 5-7 setter was a three-time All-State Tournament Team honoree, starting on varsity all four seasons for teams that finished top-3 at State.
As a junior, Hooe piloted the Wolverines club that went unbeaten against in-state competition, capturing Gatorade Alaska Player of the Year honors.
Blankinship, from Portland, Ore., was an All-Metro League Second Team performer as a senior at Westview High School. The 6-0 middle blocker helped the Wildcats to a runner-up finish in the Metro League and a second-round berth in the OSAA 6A State Tournament.
“Sydney is a middle blocker who jumps well and is only going to get better in our volleyball program,” said Green, who will enter his sixth season on the Seawolf sidelines in 2013. “She will be a force in the middle for us, both offensively and defensively with her big block. Sydney is also a very good student, and we are excited to have her in our program.
“We are also excited to have one of Alaska’s best players sign to be part of our program. Morgan will help to fill (graduated senior setter) Kimya Jafourdi’s shoes next season. She is a great athlete and we look forward to seeing her in Green and Gold. We expect to see Morgan contribute immediately.”
On the club circuit, Hooe suited up for the Midnight Sun Volleyball Club, while Blankinship played for T.E.A.M. Hiki No.
The Seawolves recently completed their fifth straight winning campaign under Green, finishing 16-10 overall and tying for fourth place in the Great Northwest Athletic Conference.