CCAA foes await in sunny San Diego
THIS WEEK IN SEAWOLF VOLLEYBALL...
at UC San Diego Invitational
RIMAC Arena — La Jolla, Calif.
Friday, Sept. 13
11 am — Alaska Anchorage (5-3) vs Cal Poly Pomona (1-3)
4 pm — Alaska Anchorage vs #18 Cal State San Bernardino (2-2)
Saturday, Sept. 14
1:30 pm — Alaska Anchorage vs Cal State Dominguez Hills (3-1)
6:30 pm — Alaska Anchorage at #13 UC San Diego (4-0)
LIVE STATS: UCSDTritons.com
LIVE VIDEO: None
SOCIAL MEDIA: Follow the @UAAVolleyball Twitter feed for periodic updates on all matches throughout the year … on Facebook, like Alaska Anchorage Seawolves for general posts or University of Alaska Anchorage Volleyball Team … #SeawolfVolleyball #SeawolfNation #GoSeawolves
PROBABLE UAA STARTERS (2013 stats)
S—Siobhan Johansen, 5-7, Sr. (6.50 asst/set, 1.92 dps, 0.42 ace/set)
MB—Jodi Huddleston, 6-1, Sr. (1.44 kps, .215 att%, 1.48 bps)
MB—Maureen Sabado, 5-10, Jr. (1.65 kps, .217 att%, 0.96 bps)
OH—Katelynn Zanders, 5-9, So. (3.04 kps, .164 att%, 2.85 dps, 0.50 bps)
OH—Brooke Pottle, 5-8, Jr. (2.32 kps, .154 att%, 2.96 dps, 0.16 bps)
RS—Julia Mackey, 5-11, So. (3.35 kps, .294 att%, 0.77 bps)
L—Quinn Barker, 5-4, Jr. (4.85 dps, 0.77 asst/set)
SCOUTING THE CALIFORNIANS: UAA’s four opponents this week all hail from the California Collegiate Athletic Association, meaning the results are important in terms of head-to-head competition against fellow West Region teams … Cal Poly Pomona opened play last week with losses to Harding (0-3) and GNAC squads Seattle Pacific (1-3) and Central Washington (1-3) before beating Fort Lewis (3-1) …18th-ranked Cal State San Bernardino, which saw its streak of West Region titles come to an end in 2012, split its opening matches at its own tourney last week, defeating Fort Lewis (3-0) and Regis (3-0), and losing to SPU (2-3) and CWU (1-3) … a rejuvenated Cal State Dominguez Hills came just a 5-set loss at Point Loma Nazarene from a perfect opening week, with the Toros scoring wins over Azusa Pacific (3-2), Texas A&M Int’l (3-0) and MSU Billings (3-0) … 13th-ranked UC San Diego is already the only unbeaten team in the CCAA, sweeping all four of its opening matches against CWU, Regis, Harding and SPU.
SERIES RECORDS VS...
CAL POLY POMONA: CPP leads 8-0 (3-0 on neutral courts)
Last Meeting: CPP 3-1 (8/29/00 at CPP)
Notes: UAA has won just two of 26 sets all-time against the Broncos, although the teams have not met since 2000 … the teams met seven times between 1983-91.
CAL ST. SAN BERNARDINO: CSUSB leads 5-2 (UAA 2-1 neutral)
Last Meeting: CSUSB 3-1 (11/17/11 at CSUSB)
Streak: CSUSB 2
Notes: This will mark the teams’ sixth meeting since 2009, including UAA’s 3-0 upset of then-No. 2 CSUSB at the 2010 Western Oregon Invitational … the teams have met twice in the NCAA Tournament, with CSUSB winning 3-0 in the 2009 2nd Round and 3-1 in the 2011 1st Round … series started in 1993 … there has not yet been a 5-set affair in the series.
CAL ST. DOMINGUEZ HILLS: UAA leads 2-0 (2-0 neutral)
Last Meeting: UAA 3-0 (9/3/11 at San Bernardino, CA)
Notes: The Seawolves swept the inaugural meeting at the 2009 UCSD Invitational.
UC SAN DIEGO: UCSD leads 2-0 (1-0 in La Jolla)
Last Meeting: UCSD 3-2 (9/13/10 at Independence, OR)
Notes: Both teams were ranked in the last meeting, with No. 8 UCSD outlasting No. 24 UAA, 15-12 in the 5th, at the 2010 WOU Invite … UCSD was ranked No. 7 in the inaugural meeting, a 3-0 Triton win at the 2009 UCSD Invite.
SPRINGHILL SUITES-CCU RECAP: The Seawolves completed a busy stretch Monday as they played five matches in five days, finishing with a 4-1 record … in the team’s annual SpringHill Suites Invitational, UAA opened by winning nine of 10 sets against American International, Texas A&M Kingsville and Notre Dame de Namur, before falling in four sets to Augustana in the finale … UAA outhit its opponents .207 to .135 and led the event with 2.46 blocks per set … the Seawolves put three players — Sr. MB Jodi Huddleston, So. OH Julia Mackey and Jr. L Quinn Barker — on the All-Tournament Team, with Huddleston posting a tourney-best 1.54 blocks per set … on Monday, UAA concluded its non-conference home schedule with a sweep of 2012 NCAA participant Colorado College, outblocking the Cougars 15-4 … So. OH Katelynn Zanders delivered team-highs of 10 kills and 11 digs in the win, while Huddleston came up with a career-high nine total blocks.
TEAM NOTES: The Seawolves are now 42-8 at the Wells Fargo Sports Complex since 2009; UAA has not lost consecutive home matches under head coach Chris Green, who took over in 2008 … the Seawolves’ season-opening loss at BYUH dropped them to 8-22 overall against ranked opponents under Green; prior to Green’s arrival in 2008, UAA had lost 32 straight matches to ranked foes … the Seawolves rank third in assists per set (12.23) and digs per set (15.81) in the early Great Northwest Athletic Conference team stats … UAA is fourth in blocks per set at 2.58, nearly a full point better than last year’s average of 1.8 bps.
’WOLF BITES: So. RS Julia Mackey paced UAA with 3.43 kills per set and a .336 attack percentage in the four SpringHill Suites Invitational matches, connecting for a career-high-tying 18 kills against Augustana … Mackey is the reigning GNAC co-Freshman of the Year … So. OH Katelynn Zanders posted the first double-doubles of her career last week, doing it in back-to-back matches against Augustana (15 kills/13 digs) and Colorado Christian (10K/11D) … the South Anchorage HS product ranks 11th — just behind Mackey — in the early GNAC kills-per-set rankings with 3.04 kps … Sr. MB Jodi Huddleston racked up 29 total blocks over the past five matches, including a career-high nine total and eight block assists vs. CCU … the reigning GNAC Newcomer of the Year currently ranks 4th in the league with 1.48 bps … Sr. S/DS Siobhan Johansen recently became the 13th player in program history to dish 1,000 assists, passing the milestone against Chaminade … the Palmer (Colony HS) product has played in nearly every set of her career, also ranking in the program’s top 20 in digs (20th, 793) and assists per set (13th, 3.56) … Jr. MB Maureen Sabado is third on the Seawolves with a .217 attack pct. and fourth with 1.65 kps … the Kodiak product is also UAA’s 2nd-leading blocker at 0.96 bps, boosted by seven block assists against both NDNU and CCU … Jr. OH Brooke Pottle has made an impressive debut in her first two weeks, ranking secondo on the team in digs (2.96 dps) and third in kills (2.32 kps) … the transfer from Glendale (Ariz.) College made a season-high 17 digs against Augustana and had the go-ahead and match-point kills in the 25-23, 3rd-set clincher at Chaminade … as a freshman, Pottle played at Div. I Air Force … another JC transfer, Jr. L Quinn Barker has taken over on the back row, lifting 4.85 digs per set — 5th-best in the GNAC … the former Central Arizona standout tallied double-digit digs in her first eight matches as a Seawolf, including 25 in the 4-set win over NDNU … Fr. MB Erin Braun has made an immediate impact with 0.90 bps and a .263 attack pct., while fellow rookie Morgan Hooe — the 2011 Alaska Gatorade Player of the Year at South Anchorage HS — has been solid in her role splitting setting duties with Johansen thus far, averaging 4.35 assists and 2.00 digs per set.
SEAWOLVES PICKED 3RD IN POLL: The Seawolves were tabbed for third place in the 2013 GNAC Preseason Coaches’ Poll, released Aug. 22 … here is a look at the poll, with actual finished denoted:
Great Northwest Athletic Conference
2013 Volleyball Coaches Poll
Rk Team (1st-place votes) 2012 Records (Pl.) Pts
1. Western Washington (7) 24-4, 16-2 (1st) 77
2. Central Washington (2) 21-8, 14-4 (2nd-T) 72
3. Alaska Anchorage 16-10, 11-7 (4th-T) 63
4. Western Oregon (1) 21-6, 14-4 (2nd-T) 61
5. Seattle Pacific 14-13, 11-7 (4th-T) 49
6. Montana State Billings 11-15, 8-10 (6th-T) 40
7. Northwest Nazarene 15-14, 8-10 (6th-T) 35
8. Alaska Fairbanks 6-18, 4-14 (8th) 21
9. Saint Martin’s 6-18, 3-15 (9th) 16
Simon Fraser 4-22, 1-17 (10th) 16
(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)