BILLINGS, Mont. – Leah Swiss did a little of everything and Diana Fa’amausili slammed 13 kills as the 18th-ranked Alaska Anchorage volleyball team earned a 25-11, 25-22, 23-25, 25-9 victory over Montana State Billings at Alterowitz Gymnasium on Saturday, handing Chris Green his 200th career victory at UAA.
The Seawolves (7-4, 2-0 Great Northwest Athletic Conference) got 12 kills on .344 hitting, 10 digs, four aces and three block assists from Swiss – a junior outside hitter and the GNAC Preseason Player of the Year – while Fa’amausili hit .320.
It was UAA’s 15th straight win in the series and eighth straight in Billings, while the Seawolves improved their school-record road win streaks to 18 in GNAC matches and 16 overall.
The Yellowjackets (5-5, 1-1) were led by 13 kills and six digs from Bayli Monck as they managed to take a set from UAA for the first time since 2014.
After failing falling behind 13-6 in the third and failing to finish a late comeback, the Seawolves regained their footing in the fourth and outhit the hosts .385 to -.179, sparked by three kills and two block assists from junior Tara Melton.
Melton posted a match-high seven block assists, and junior outside hitter Chrisalyn Johnson just missed her second double-double of the year with nine kills and 13 digs. Senior libero Keala Kaio-Perez led five Seawolves in double-digit digs with 18, along with three of UAA’s 10 aces, and Madison Fisher dished 23 assists.
Meanwhile, Green – the reigning NCAA Div. II National Coach of the Year – extended his record to 200-76 as he approaches the middle of his 10th season with the Seawolves. Along with a trip to the 2016 NCAA Title Match, UAA has achieved three GNAC titles and earned winning seasons every year since the Nebraska native arrived in 2008.
The Seawolves return to the Alaska Airlines Center next week for their GNAC home openers, facing Saint Martin’s on Thursday and Seattle Pacific on Saturday. First serve both nights is 7 p.m.
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NOTES: Swiss notched her fifth double-double this season and 26th of her career as she surpassed Vanessa Tsukano (880 kills, 1997-2000) for 10th place on UAA’s career kills list, now with 884 … Swiss also moved up two spots to No. 8 in career aces with 112, passing Jeni Phillips (110, 1993-96) and former teammate Morgan Hooe (111, 2013-16) … freshman setter Casey Davenport had double-digit digs for the first time with 10, along with 17 assists … sophomore middle blocker Vanessa Hayes had a career-high three assists.