UAA recovers to trip Drury, 3-1
ANCHORAGE - Jackie Matthisen had 14 kills and 17 digs Saturday to lead the 24th-ranked Alaska Anchorage volleyball team to a 3-1 comeback victory over Drury in the final match of the Extended Stay Deluxe Invitational at the Wells Fargo Sports Complex.
Matthisen, a junior outside hitter from East Anchorage High School, was named the event's Most Outstanding Player, while the Seawolves (2-0) also got big performances from fellow all-invite selections Lee Golden (13 kills, 5 block assists) and Cortney Lundberg (11 kills, 8 total blocks).
Junior outside hitter Ali Rook led Drury (1-3) with 11 kills, while all-invite middle blocker Kyrie Hopkins had 10 kills on .333 hitting and managed five total blocks.
The Seawolves - who have now won nine straight at home and 15 of their last 16 overall dating back to Oct. 1, 2009 - dropped Saturday's first set despite out-hitting the Panthers .167 to .107. UAA was hurt by five service errors in the opening frame.
UAA bounced back quickly, however, grabbing leads of 6-0 and 10-2 in the second set. Despite wasting four set points, the Seawolves hung on at 25-23 when Lundberg stuffed Hopkins at the net for one of her three solo blocks.
Putting their serving woes behind them, the Seawolves out-hit the visitors from Missouri by more than 200 percentage points in each of the final two frames to secure the win.
Freshman libero Quincy Haught led the Seawolves with 19 digs, and sophomore outside hitter Marie Borowikow equaled her career-bests in hitting percentage (.500, 7 kills-0 errors, 14 attacks) and total blocks (7).
Junior outside hitter McKenzie Moss - who had started 32 matches in a row - missed the match after tweaking an ankle in warm-ups earlier Saturday, but sophomore Nikkie Viotto stepped into the position with career-highs of nine kills, 14 digs and three aces.
Freshman Robyn Burton tallied an impressive 10 total blocks (1 solo, 9 assist) as UAA's 18 team blocks the the most for a Seawolf club since a 3-1 loss at Western Oregon on Oct. 27, 2005.
Drury setter Austin Warren (34 assists, 14 digs, 5 kills) also made the all-invite team, while libero Michelle O'Dell made a match-high 21 digs for the Great Lakes Valley Conference club.
The Seawolves play four neutral-court matches next week at the Phoenix Inn GNAC Challenge at Western Oregon University, including three straight against teams in the top 10 of the AVCA Div. II rankings. UAA opens against No. 8 UC San Diego on Friday, Sept. 3 at 9 a.m. ADT.
2010 All-Extended Stay Deluxe Invitational Team
Austin Warren, Drury
Mandy Grierson, UAF
Lee Golden, UAA
Kyrie Hopkins, Drury
Tereza Bendlova, UAF
Cortney Lundberg, UAA
Most Outstanding Player - Jackie Matthisen, UAA