HONOLULU – Sophomore outside hitter Katelynn Zanders helped establish an early advantage and junior transfer Brooke Pottle delivered on several key rallies Friday night to lift the Alaska Anchorage volleyball team to its first victory of the season, 25-20, 25-21, 25-23, over host Chaminade at McCabe Gymnasium.
UAA (1-1) led throughout the first two sets, with Zanders accounting for 11 of 12 her kills in that span. In the second, the Seawolves took a commanding 16-7 advantage before the Silverswords (0-1) rallied to get within two points on three occasions. But sophomore right-side hitter Julia Mackey came up with a pair of late kills to make it 20-17, and UAA would clinch the set again on a Silversword service error.
The third was tighter throughout, with the Silverswords using a 6-1 spurt to forge a 20-20 tie. The teams traded the next six points before Pottle broke a 23-all deadlock with a kill. Pottle, an outside hitter from Peoria, Ariz., then came through on match point with her 10th kill of the night, to go with eight digs. She finished with a .368 attack percentage, while Zanders hit .321, along with career-highs of nine digs and three assists.
The Seawolves travel to the Big Island on Saturday for a 3 p.m. ADT match against Hawaii-Hilo (1-0) to conclude their opening trip.
NOTES: With a match-high 21 assists, senior setter Siobhan Johansen became the 13th Seawolf to record 1,000 for her career, now with 1,009 … the win evened the all-time series with Chaminade at 11-11, equaling the longest streak for either team.