ANCHORAGE – Senior outside hitter Chrisalyn Johnson led a dominant effort with 13 kills and 13 digs Thursday as the Alaska Anchorage volleyball team rolled to a 25-17, 25-11, 25-14 victory over Concordia-Portland at the Alaska Airlines Center.
The Seawolves (12-3, 5-2 Great Northwest Athletic Conference) also got standout efforts from freshman setter Ellen Floyd and sophomore middle blocker Vera Pluharova, helping UAA connect for a season-best .380 attack percentage.
The Cavaliers (7-7, 4-3) got no more than four kills, six digs or six assists from any player as they fell to 0-7 all-time against UAA.
“Our serve caused them a lot of trouble tonight, and we took advantage of that with some nice offensive execution,” said UAA head coach Chris Green, whose team pulled into a third-place tie with Seattle Pacific in the GNAC standings.
The Seawolves’ .380 attack percentage (45 kills-10 errors-92 attacks) was their best in five seasons at the Alaska Airlines Center and their top mark overall since hitting .410 in a road win over Alaska Fairbanks on Sept. 22, 2015.
UAA jumped to a 10-3 lead in the opening set and rolled to the early lead behind four kills and five digs from Johnson, who recorded her ninth double-double, along with three aces and three assists.
After being tied 6-6 and leading 11-8 in the second, the Seawolves used a kill by Vanessa Boyer and an ace from Floyd to propel a 7-0 surge. Sophomore Eve Stephens blasted three kills on three swings in the frame as the UAA outhit the visitors .476 to -.083.
The Seawolves led start-to-finish the third, going up 10-3 on consecutive kills by Johnson, and grabbing a 20-12 edge on one of Boyer’s eight kills. A junior outside hitter from Salem, Ore., Boyer accounted for match point with her career-high-tying third ace.
Stephens finished with nine kills on .350 hitting, while Floyd (6 kills, 0 errors, 8 attacks) and Pluharova (6 kills on 6 attacks) delivered the best offensive showings of their young careers. Floyd finished with 35 assists and a pair of UAA’s season-high-tying 10 aces, while Pluharova – who entered No. 2 in the GNAC with 1.25 blocks per set – posted four block assists.
Senior libero Taylor Noga posted a match-high 16 digs as the former East Anchorage High School star tied Seawolf-Hall-of-Famer Jen Szczerbinski (1988-90, 1992) for third place on the program’s all-time victories list with 92. A key member of UAA’s 2016 NCAA runner-up squad, Noga also moved up the Seawolves’ career lists in sets played (10th, 417) and matches played (tie-15th, 112).
UAA returns to the Alaska Airlines Center on Saturday at 7 p.m. to host Western Oregon (5-9, 2-5). Call 907-786-1562 or visit GoSeawolves.com or AlaskaAirlinesCenter.com for tickets.