Spikers add trio for 2012 campaign
ANCHORAGE - Alaska Anchorage head volleyball Chris Green announced Tuesday the signing of three front-row players to National Letters of Intent, welcoming Western Nebraska Community College transfer Jodi Huddleston, former South Anchorage High School star Sarah Johnson and Canadian prep standout Breanne Sytnyk to the Seawolves' 2012 roster.
Johnson, a 6-1 outside hitter, was a starter for last year's South Anchorage squad that won the ASAA Class 4A title, earning All-State Tournament Team honors. She averaged 2.6 kills and 1.13 blocks per set, teaming with future Seawolf teammate Katelynn Zanders to help the Wolverines go 25-0 against Alaska competition.
Meanwhile, Huddleston comes to Anchorage from WNCC, where she helped Green's former program to a junior-college national title in 2010 and a third-place NJCAA finish last year. As a sophomore, the 6-foot middle blocker hit .360 and produced 1.77 kills per set as the Cougars went 41-2. Huddleston, who played at Scottsbluff High School, will be the third former WNCC standout to play for the Seawolves under Green, joining Ariel Austin and current graduate assistant coach Stacie Meisner.
Stynyk, also a 6-1 middle/right-side, led her hometown Shoal Lake Sharks to a runner-up finish at the 2011 Manitoba Class A Provincial Championships as a senior last season, earning all-tournament honors. She also played on the Team Manitoba squad that earned silver at the 2011 Western Canada Summer Games.
"All of these young women have the potential to make big impacts here, and we're thrilled they chose to join the Seawolf family," said Green, who is 74-40 in his four seasons at UAA. "We have seen close-up that Sarah has the skills and size to be an all-around player, and she obviously comes from a winning background. Jodi also has enjoyed an amazing amount of success, going 84-6 in her two seasons at WNCC, and she'll add a big presence along our front row. Breanne jumps very well and has good, raw skills at her positions."
The trio brings UAA's 2012 recruiting class to five players, along with Fall signees Julia Mackey (5-10, OH, Fairbanks/West Valley HS) and Zanders (5-8, OH, South Anchorage HS).
UAA, which plays in the NCAA Div. II Great Northwest Athletic Conference, is coming off 18-9 season in 2011 and its third straight NCAA Tournament appearance.