BRIEF SEASON RECAP: The 2016 Alaska Anchorage volleyball team recorded the best season in program history, reaching the NCAA Div. II National Title Match and earning its second straight Great Northwest Athletic Conference outright title, while posting records of 34-3 overall and 19-1 in league ... among their 40 school records included marks for most victories, longest win streak (20) and most consecutive NCAA Tournament berths (4) as the Seawolves won their first West Region title ... led by National Coach of the Year Chris Green and GNAC and West Region player-of-the-year Morgan Hooe, UAA posted seven wins over nationally ranked opponents and went 33-1 from Aug. 27-Dec. 9, with that lone loss coming in a 20-18 fifth set against the league runner-up ... in addition to All-America honors for Hooe and So. OH Leah Swiss, right-side hitter Diana Fa'amausili was tabbed the GNAC and West Region freshman of the year.

S—Morgan Hooe, 5-7, Sr. (10.61 asst/set, 2.85 dps, 1.16 kps, .346 att%, 0.35 bps, 0.26 ace/set)
MB—Vanessa Hayes, 5-11, Fr. (1.22 kps, .210 att%, 0.95 bps)
MB—Erin Braun, 6-0, Sr. (2.08 kps, .300 att%, 1.14 bps, 0.25 ace/set, 0.62 dps)
OH—Leah Swiss, 6-0, So. (3.56 kps, .242 att%, 2.77 dps, 0.44 bps, 0.38 ace/set)
OH—Chrisalyn Johnson, 5-9, So. (3.09 kps, .134 att%, 2.55 dps, 0.42 bps)
DS—Taylor Noga, 5-8, So. (2.25 dps, 0.17 ace/set)
or —Diana Fa'amausili, Fr. (2.75 kps, .260 att%, 1.05 bps)
L—Kyla Militante-Amper, 5-3, So. (5.79 dps, 0.92 asst/set, 0.28 ace/set)

ELITE EIGHT RECAP: The Seawolves reached their first NCAA Div. II Elite Eight in program history in 2016, earning the No. 6 seed for the national quarterfinal, semifinal and final rounds, Dec. 8-10 at the Sanford Pentagon in Sioux Falls, South Dakota ... the nationally 9th-ranked Seawolves posted 4-set wins over 12th-ranked Angelo State and 10th-ranked Palm Beach Atlantic to earn a berth in their first NCAA Title Match, where they fell in straight sets to top-ranked and 8-time national champion Concordia St. Paul ... against No. 3 seed ASU, So. OH Chrisalyn Johnson and So. OH Leah Swiss combined for 39 kills and 33 digs, while Sr. S Morgan Hooe had 46 assists and a career-high 19 digs to help overcome a bumpy first set in a 14-25, 25-22, 27-25, 25-16 victory ... Fr. RS Diana Fa'amausili added 7 kills on .286 hitting and 7 blocks, accounting for three straight points to finish off the third set, and So. L Kyla Militante-Amper had 26 digs and 4 assists ... in the semis against No. 2 seed PBA, Johnson had 17 kills, 14 digs and 3 blocks, including the match-point kill to cap a 25-16, 19-25, 25-17, 25-22 victory over the defending national runners-up ... Hooe finished with 51 assists, 16 digs and 3 kills, Swiss had 14 kills and 12 digs, and Fa'amausili tallied 13 kills and 3 blocks, while So. MB Vanessa Hayes notched 4 blocks a tied her season high with 8 kills, and So. DS Taylor Noga made a career-high 19 digs ... in the finals against CSP, Swiss had 8 kills on .280 hitting, but UAA suffered just its second straight-set loss in 73 matches, falling 25-19, 25-12, 25-12 to the Bears ... Hooe and Johnson were both named to the All-NCAA Tournament Team.

2016 NCAA Div. II Volleyball Championships
Dec. 8-10 — Sanford Pentagon — Sioux Falls, S.D.
Thursday, Dec. 8 - National Quarterfinals
#6 Alaska Anchorage 3, #3 Angelo State 1
#2 Palm Beach Atlantic 3, #7 South Carolina-Aiken 0
#5 Lewis 3, Wheeling Jesuit 0
#1 Concordia-St. Paul 3, American International 0
Friday, Dec. 9 - National Semifinals
#6 Alaska Anchorage 3, #2 Palm Beach Atlantic 1
#1 Concordia-St. Paul 3, #5 Lewis 0
Saturday, Dec. 10 - National Championship
#1 Concordia-St. Paul 3, #6 Alaska Anchorage 0

WEST REGION CHAMPS: The nationally 9th-ranked and regionally top-seeded Seawolves earned their program's first regional title with a wins over Chico State, Northwest Nazarene and 16th-ranked Western Washington in the West Regional Championships at the Alaska Airlines Center, Dec. 1-3 ... after an impressive sweep of Chico State (25-21, 25-18, 25-15) in the first round, UAA needed a dramatic comeback to fend off 5th-seeded and GNAC rival Northwest Nazarene (25-17, 22-25, 25-21, 23-25, 15-10) in the regional semis ... trailing 9-5 in the 5th set against NNU, So. OH Leah Swiss ripped six kills and Sr. MB Erin Braun accounted for three points in the final 11 rallies to earn UAA's first-ever NCAA 2nd Round victory ... Swiss finished with 21 kills and 14 digs, Braun had 12 kills and a UAA season-high 9 total blocks, and Sr. S Morgan Hooe accounted for a career-high 60 assists, career-high-tying 5 total blocks, 5 kills and 14 digs ... in Saturday's finale, Swiss had 16 kills and 12 digs, and Hooe made a dramatic return from injury to power a 19-25, 27-25, 25-21, 25-23 win over 16th-ranked and 3rd-seeded Western Washington in the regional final ... after going down with a leg injury 11 points into the match, Hooe came back in with UAA trailing by a set and down 3-4 in the 2nd, before finishing with 39 assists, 3 kills, 13 digs and 2 aces ... Braun had 15 kills on .424 hitting, So. OH Chrisalyn Johnson had 10 kills and a career-high 24 digs, and So. L Kyla Militante-Amper tied the old UAA single-match digs record of 39 that she had broken earlier this season ... the Seawolves needed another late rally to overcome the arch-rival and defending region champ Vikings, too -- down 21-23 in the 4th, UAA used a Viking service error and a Johnson kill to tie it, followed by an ace by Hooe and another kill by Johnson ... Hooe, Swiss, Braun and Fr. RS Diana Fa'amausili gave UAA four of the 12 honorees on the West Regional Championships All-Tournament Team.

NCAA Div. II West Regional Championships
Dec. 1-3 — Alaska Airlines Center (5,000) — Anchorage, AK
Thursday, Dec. 1 - Quarterfinals
#3 Western Washington 3, #6 Cal Baptist 0
#2 Cal State San Bernardino 3, #7 Central Washington 1
#5 Northwest Nazarene 3, #4 Simon Fraser 1
#1 Alaska Anchorage 3, #8 Chico State 0
Friday, Dec. 2 - Semifinals
#3 Western Washington 3, #2 Cal State San Bernardino 0
#1 Alaska Anchorage 3, #5 Northwest Nazarene 2 (15-10)
Saturday, Dec. 3 - Championship
#1 Alaska Anchorage 3, #3 Western Washington 1

SEAWOLF NCAA HISTORY: The Seawolves earned their deepest NCAA Tournament run by making the national final, winning multiple matches for the first time this year ... UAA made its program-record fourth straight NCAA appearance and seventh in eight seasons ... this year marked UAA's ninth overall NCAA Tournament trip (1989, 1990, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016), with its overall record improving to 7-9 … UAA has now won two straight First Round matches after losing four in a row between 2010-14 ... the Seawolves were a No. 2 seed in 2014 and earned the No. 1 seed in 2015 and 2016 – the program’s three best seedings ever … UAA was the No. 5 seed in 2009 when it earned its first NCAA win with a 5-set 1st Round victory over Hawaii-Hilo in San Bernardino, Calif.

A HOWL LOTTA LOVE: UAA led NCAA Div. II Volleyball in attendance for the second straight season, with its 1,387 per game far outdistancing Angelo State ... the Seawolves drew five of the top seven single-match attendance totals in 2016, with their 2,710 for the West Regional final standing as the program record and the second-highest attendance for any D-II match since 2013.

2016 NCAA Div. II Average Attendance
Rk Team                 Avg    Matches
1. Alaska Anchorage   1,387    17
2. Angelo State         904    20
3. Nebraska Kearney     807    17
4. Minnesota Duluth     750    11
5. St. Cloud State      708    10

2016 NCAA DII Top Match Attendances
Rk Team                                 Date    Att.
1. Wingate vs Queens-NC                 11/18    3,017
2. UAA vs Western Washington (NCAAs)    12/3     2,710
3. UAA vs Central Washington            11/12    2,257
4. Concordia-SP vs UAA (NCAA-neutral)   12/10    1,963
5. Texas A&M Kingsville vs Tarleton St. 10/18    1,900
6. UAA vs Chico State (NCAAs)           12/1     1,878
7. UAA vs Northwest Nazarene (NCAAs)    12/2     1,796
8. UAA vs Western Washington            10/22    1,762
9. Angelo State vs Metro State (NCAAs)  12/3     1,632
10. Minnesota Duluth vs Concordia-SP    11/4     1,614

TEAM NOTES: Among their 40 program team and individual records in 2016, the Seawolves broke the marks victories and winning percentage set by last year's 27-3 squad ... the 2016 Seawolves also put up team records for most road wins (13), most consecutive wins (20), most consecutive sweeps (6), most consecutive sets won (22) and highest AVCA national ranking (No. 3 in final poll) ... the five longest win streaks in program history have all occurred since head coach Chris Green's second season in 2009 ... the Seawolves led the GNAC stats in opponent attack pct. (.127) and aces per set (1.61), and ranked 2nd in kills per set (13.94), blocks per set (2.39) and attack pct. (.225) ... in the NCAA Div. II national stats, UAA ranked no lower than 40th (among 292 teams) in seven of the eight major statistical categories, including  7th in blocking, 12th in opponent attack pct. and 17th in kills per set ... boosted by its NCAA Tournament run, UAA went 7-2 this season against AVCA Top 25 teams and is 15-5 against ranked teams since 2014 ... UAA is 25-32 against ranked opponents under Green, having lost 32 straight prior to his arrival in 2008 ... UAA has gone 18-1 against non-conference opponents over the last two regular seasons, including 7-0 in neutral-court matches ... UAA has won 26 straight September matches since a 3-1 loss at then-No. 23 NW Nazarene, Sept. 25, 2014, and the Seawolves completed their second straight perfect November slate (6-0 in 2015 and 2016) ... UAA’s loss at Chaminade ended the program’s impressive streaks of seven straight road wins and 37 straight matches without being swept ... the Seawolves are 40-6 at the Alaska Airlines Center since its opening in Sept. 2014, and 86-17 at home since 2009.

THE HOOE PACKAGE: Sr. S Morgan Hooe completed her 4-year career as the most decorated player in UAA Volleyball history, earning D2CCA West Region Player of the Year, GNAC Player of the Year, All-West Region First Team (AVCA & D2CCA) and West Regional Championships All-Tournament Team honors in the month of November alone ... a 2015 AVCA Third Team All-American and now 2-time All-GNAC selection, the former South Anchorage HS star was among the most efficient players in the nation this year, quarterbacking a UAA team that outhit its opponents .225 to .127, boosted by her own .346 attack percentage ... Hooe was at her best in UAA's playoff victories, dishing a career-high 60 assists in the 5-set regional semifinal thriller over NW Nazarene, then returning from injury to lead UAA past rival Western Washington with 39 assists, 13 digs, 3 kills and 2 aces in the regional final ... Hooe earned GNAC Offensive Player of the Week honors for her effort at home against Western Oregon and Concordia, and she followed with 52 and 56 assists in wins at NCAA qualifiers Central Washington and NNU ... along with 10.61 assists per set, Hooe put up 1.16 kps, 2.85 dps and 0.35 bps ... with 153 kills and 26 attack errors, she committed multiple attack errors only four times all season, while hitting .500 or better 15 times ... the Most Outstanding Player of the Spring­Hill Suites Invitational racked up 47 assists in the win over No. 19 Arkansas Fort Smith and led UAA to a .258 attack pct. in those four matches, Sept. 1-3 ... Hooe also dished 47 assists in September wins over ranked foes Cal St. San Bernardino and WWU ... Hooe claimed UAA's career assists crown in the NCAA Semifinals win over Palm Beach Atlantic, finishing with 3,920 despite splitting time in a 6-2 system as a freshman ... her other program ranks included 5th in assists per set (8.89), 5th in attack pct. (.292), 2nd in victories (101), 8th in total aces (111), 4th in sets played (441) and 8th in matches played (123) as she became one of first two players Seawolves to play in four straight NCAA Tournaments ... on the single-season lists, she finished No. 2 in both total assists (1,401) and attack pct. in 2016.

BRAUN AT THE NET: Another of UAA's four All-GNAC and West Regional all-tourney selections, Sr. MB Erin Braun was a major reason the Seawolves ranked in the top 10 nationally in blocks per set for the second straight year, standing 30th individually with 1.14 bps ... Braun finished with GNAC ranks of 5th in attack pct. (.300) and 6th in bps, connecting for at least 5 kills on .300-plus hitting on 22 occasions, including a career- and GNAC season-high .706 (12-0-17) against Western Oregon ... the San Bernardino, Calif., native posted at least four kills in 60 of 67 matches over her final two seasons, along with 27 performances with 5-plus blocks in that span ... Braun earned her first career GNAC Defensive Player of the Week honor after averaging 1.43 bps and 3.00 kps in UAA’s victories at NCAA qualifiers Western Washington and Simon Fraser in September ... in the non-conference season, she led the 5-team SpringHill Suites Invitational with a .385 attack pct., and she made a tourney-best 1.31 bps at the D2 West Region Show­case ... with UAA's playoff run, she broke the program's 24-year-old block assists record with 132, while finishing 5th in total blocks (151) and 12th in attack pct. on the single-season lists ... Braun also set UAA career records for block assists (427) and individual wins (103), along with other career ranks of 2nd in attack pct. (.303) and total blocks (469), 5th in bps (1.08), and 6th in matches played (125) and sets played (434), never missing a match in her 4-year career ... Braun was the GNAC Freshman of the Year in 2013, an honorable mention All-GNAC performer in 2014, and earned her third Academic All-GNAC award this season.

SWISS AIR: Capturing All-GNAC honors for the second year in a row and AVCA Second Team All-America honors for the first time, So. OH Leah Swiss was the Seawolves’ most potent offensive threat in 2016, smashing at least 9 kills in 32 of 37 matches and ranking 2nd in the GNAC with 3.56 kills and 4.18 points per set ... the former Dimond High star held other GNAC ranks of 3rd in aces per set (0.38) and 16th in attack pct. (.242) ... in the NCAA West Regional Championships, she accounted for 4.25 kps, 3.00 dps and 0.67 bps, posting double-doubles in all three matches and making the all-tournament team ... overall, eight of Swiss’s 15 double-doubles came against nationally ranked opponents, including a then-career-high 26 kills and 15 digs against No. 15 Cal St. San Bernardino, and she ripped a career-high 27 kills against Northwest Nazarene on the way to GNAC Player of the Week honors in mid-November ... she began the year with all-tournament performances at both the SpringHill Suites Invitational and D2 West Region Showcase ... at the 5-team SpringHill, Swiss was the only player to rank in the top 5 in attack pct. (.322) and kps (3.79), while finishing 10th in dps (2.71) and serving a tourney-best 11 aces ... her offense was even sharper at the Showcase, ranking 2nd in kps (4.19) and 4th in attack pct. ... on UAA's single-season lists, Swiss finished 5th in total kills (470) and total aces (50), plus 12th in kps ... on the Seawolves' career lists, she will start her junior season already at 15th in kills (757), 7th in kills per set (3.09), 16th in attack pct. (.232), 3rd in aces per set (0.37) and 9th in victories (62).

AMPERING IT UP: So. L Kyla Militante-Amper was named honorable mention All-GNAC in 2016, breaking the Seawolves' single-season records with 764 total digs and 5.79 digs per set ... Militante-Amper also set the single-match record with 43 digs against Western Washington on Oct. 22 before tying the old record (39) in the 4-set NCAA Tournament win over WWU ... along with No. 2 in the GNAC stats and No. 15 nationally with in digs average, the Hillsboro, Ore. (Century HS) product also ranked 8th in the league with 0.28 aces per set ... since coming north, Militante-Amper has registered at least 15 digs in 49 of the 59 matches in which she played the whole way, including 33 of 37 contests this year ... she  also excelled again in her role as UAA’s secondary setter, dishing 6 assists in wins over Arkansas Fort Smith, Seattle Pacific and Concordia, and a career-high 7 assists against Rollins and vs. NW Nazarene ... Militante-Amper collected all-tournament awards at both the SpringHill Suites Invitational and D2 West Region Showcase, along with her third career GNAC Defensive Player of the Week honor on Sept. 12 ... she led the 6-team Showcase with 5.94 digs per set, collecting at least 21 digs in each of the four matches.

STERLING SOPHOMORES: So. OH Chrisalyn Johnson collected 163 kills – 50 percent of her regular-season total – in the last 12 regular-season matches, including a career-high 22 in the loss to No. 19 Western Washington ... Johnson began a run of seven consecutive double-doubles on UAA's road trip to Central Washington and Northwest Nazarene, totaling 39 kills and 29 digs to earn her first-ever GNAC Offensive Player of the Week award ... the former Dimond High star accounted for at least 7 kills in 33 of 37 matches this year, including 21 times in double figures, and she finished her season on a high note with All-NCAA Tournament Team honors at the Elite Eight ... So. DS Taylor Noga was a major unsung hero in UAA's recent West Regional Championships title run, totaling 30 digs (3.33 dps) and 4 assists in the victories over NNU and WWU, including a then-season-high 17 against the Crusaders ... she recorded double-digit digs 13 times this year, including 11 against Angelo State and a career-high-tying 19 against Palm Beach Atlantic in the NCAA quarterfinals and semifinals ... Noga had 14 digs and 2 aces in the road win over NNU, and she committed just six reception errors in 246 attempts (.976) since Oct. 6 ... the former East Anchorage HS standout suited up in all 132 sets, averaging 2.25 dps.

FA’ABULOUS FRESHMEN: Fr. RS Diana Fa'amausili and Fr. MB Vanessa Hayes wasted no time in contributing to the regular rotation despite their rookie status, combining for 3.97 kills and 1.99 blocks per set ... the AVCA West Region Freshman of the Year, GNAC Freshman of the Year and the only freshman on the All-GNAC team, Fa’amausili was UAA’s 2nd-leading blocker with 1.05 bps, ranking 8th in the GNAC, 56th nationally overall and 5th nationally among freshmen (2nd among right sides) ... Fa’amausili delivered at least 5 kills in all 37 matches, averaging 2.75 kps on .260 hitting, and picking up her first GNAC Defensive Player of the Week for her play at home against NNU and CWU ... meanwhile, Hayes was a consistent presence all season, notching multiple kills and multiple blocks in 27 of 37 matches ... the Salem, Ore. (McNary HS) native hit .364 with 6 kills and 5 block assists in the win over No. 15 Cal St. San Bernardino, and she delivered her two of her best attack percentages in UAA’s road victories at Simon Fraser and No. 20 Western Washington, combining for 13 kills on .462 hitting in those seven sets ... Hayes equaled her season-high 8 kills for the fourth time against Palm Beach Atlantic, and she ranked 11th in the GNAC with 0.95 bps.

GREEN MACHINE: Having led UAA to its unprecedented ninth straight winning season, UAA head coach Chris Green (193-72, .728) continues to establish himself as the most successful coach in program history and one of the top mentors in the NCAA Div. II ranks, capturing the 2016 AVCA D-II National Coach of the Year award ... now a 4-time GNAC Coach of the Year (2009, 2013, 2015, 2016) and 2-time AVCA D-II West Region Coach of the Year (2009, 2015), Green has led UAA to NCAA Tournament berths in seven of the last eight seasons, capturing the program’s highest-ever seeds the last three years ... in the 28 years before Green’s arrival, the Seawolves made two NCAAs ... UAA has won at an .824 clip (103-22) since the start of the 2013 campaign, including .882 (67-9) in league play ... after helping the Seawolves to a 10-win turnaround in his first season, Green earned both GNAC and NCAA Div. II West Region coach-of-the-year honors in 2009 when he piloted UAA to its first GNAC title and the program’s first-ever NCAA victory ... Green’s UAA teams have produced six All-Americans, five GNAC Players of the Year, five GNAC Newcomers of the Year and three GNAC Freshmen of the Year ... hired in Feb. 2008 as the sixth coach in UAA Volleyball history, Green spent the previous nine seasons (1999-07) as the head coach at Western Nebraska Community College, where he built a powerhouse program. Among his list of accomplishments at WNCC were a 453-55 record, the 2007 NJCAA Div. I national championship, 2006 NJCAA runner-up, and four straight ‘Final 4’ berths ... the Cougars finished in the top 10 at the national tournament in all of Green’s seasons, producing a total of 10 first-team and six second-team All-America certificates ... in 2011, he was inducted into the NJCAA Hall of Fame ... Green's 2016 staff was comprised of 2nd-year assistant coach Sheldon Carvalho – the AVCA Div. II National Assistant Coach of the Year – along with 2nd-year graduate assistant coach Calli Scott, and volunteer assistants Gaynor Johansen (7th season), Siobhan Johansen (3rd season), Virgil Hooe (1st season) and Nathan Svedin (1st season).

SEAWOLVES SLOTTED SECOND: Defending GNAC champion UAA was picked runner-up in the Great Northwest Athletic Conference’s preseason coaches’ poll, released Aug. 16.

2016 GNAC Preseason Volleyball Coaches’ Poll
Team (1st-place votes)      2015 Records       Pts
1. Western Washington (11)  27-6 (17-3, 2nd)   121
2. Alaska Anchorage         27-3 (18-2, 1st)   104
3. Northwest Nazarene       19-9 (16-4, t-3rd)  98
4. Central Washington       20-8 (16-4, t-3rd)  92
5. Simon Fraser             15-13 (11-9, 5th)   73
6. Concordia                18-10 (10-10, 6th)  64
7. Seattle Pacific          7-21 (5-15, t-8th)  53
8. Western Oregon           8-21 (5-15, t-8th)  43
9. Alaska Fairbanks         6-21 (6-14, 7th)    41
10. Montana State Billings  6-23 (5-15, t-8th)  23
11. Saint Martin’s          2-24 (1-19, 11th)   14
Points awarded on 11-10-9-8-7-6-5-4-3-2-1 basis

Erin Braun
GNAC Defensive Player of the Week, Sept. 19-25
GNAC All-Academic Team
First Team All-GNAC
NCAA West Regional Championships All-Tournament Team
Sheldon Carvalho
NCAA Div. II National Assistant Coach of the Year (AVCA)
Diana Fa'amausili
GNAC Defensive Player of the Week, Nov. 7-13
First Team All-GNAC
GNAC Freshman of the Year
West Region Freshman of the Year (AVCA)
All-West Region Honorable Mention (AVCA)
NCAA West Regional Championships All-Tournament Team
Honorable Mention All-American (AVCA)
Chris Green
GNAC Coach of the Year
NCAA Div. II National Coach of the Year (AVCA)
Morgan Hooe
SpringHill Suites Invitational Most Outstanding Player
GNAC Offensive Player of the Week, Oct. 3-9
First Team All-GNAC
GNAC Player of the Year
West Region Player of the Year (D2CCA)
All-West Region First Team (D2CCA)
All-West Region First Team (AVCA)
NCAA West Regional Championships All-Tournament Team
First Team All-American (AVCA)
Third Team All-American (D2CCA)
NCAA Championships All-Tournament Team
Chrisalyn Johnson
GNAC Offensive Player of the Week, Oct. 10-16
GNAC All-Academic Team
NCAA Elite 90 nominee
NCAA Championships All-Tournament Team
Kyla Militante-Amper
SpringHill Suites Invitational All-Tournament Team
D2 West Region Volleyball Showcase All-Tournament Team
GNAC Defensive Player of the Week, Sept. 5-11
Honorable Mention All-GNAC
Taylor Noga
GNAC All-Academic Team
Leah Swiss
SpringHill Suites Invitational All-Tournament Team
D2 West Region Volleyball Showcase All-Tournament Team
GNAC All-Academic Team
GNAC Offensive Player of the Week, Nov. 7-13
First Team All-GNAC
All-West Region First Team (D2CCA)
All-West Region First Team (AVCA)
NCAA West Regional Championships All-Tournament Team
Second Team All-American (AVCA)
Honorable Mention All-American (D2CCA)

SPRINGHILL SUITES THREE-PEAT: The Seawolves used three dominant efforts and one huge comeback to earn a ‘three-peat’ title of their own SpringHill Suites Invitational, Sept. 1-3 at the Alaska Airlines Center ... in the first three matches, UAA held Westminster, Rollins and Stanislaus State to an average of 16.3 points per set and won the hitting battle .301 to .121 in clean sweeps ... the finale against No. 19 Arkansas Fort Smith was a different story as UAA clawed back from 18-25 losses in the first and second sets to stun the two-time defending South Central Region champions, 25-15, 25-15, 15-11 in the final frames ... So. OH Leah Swiss had a season-high 18 kills on .302 hitting and 13 digs against the Lions, while fellow all-tourney pick So. L Kyla Militante-Amper made a season-high 23 digs ... Sr. S Morgan Hooe was named the tourney’s Most Outstanding Player with averages of 9.71 assists, 3.93 digs and 1.07 kills per set, along with a .343 attack pct.