2017 NCAA Div. II West Regional Championships
Nov. 30-Dec. 2 — Van Dyne Gymnasium — Riverside, Calif.
(All times Alaska Standard)
Thursday, Nov. 30 - Quarterfinals
11 am: #6 Central Washington (19-9) vs # 3 Northwest Nazarene (24-4)
1:30 pm: #7 Alaska Anchorage (19-10) vs #2 Western Washington (25-3)
4 pm: #5 Azusa Pacific (22-6) vs #4 Cal State San Bernardino (21-7)
6:30 pm: #8 Sonoma State (20-8) vs #1 Cal Baptist (28-0)
Friday, Dec. 1 - Semifinals
4 pm: CWU/NNU winner vs UAA/WWU winner
6:30 pm: APU/CSUSB winner vs Sonoma/CBU winner
Saturday, Dec. 2 - Championship
6 pm: Semifinal winners
(winner advances to NCAA DII Elite Eight, Dec. 7-9, in Pensacola, Fla.)


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S—Casey Davenport, 5-6, Fr. (7.11 aps, 2.36 dps, 0.57 kps, .227 att%)
MB—Vanessa Hayes, 5-11, So. (1.67 kps, .256 att%, 0.82 bps, 0.21 ace/set)
MB—Tara Melton, 6-0, Jr. (1.45 kps, .219 att%, 0.99 bps)
OH—Leah Swiss, 6-0, Jr. (3.37 kps, .221 att%, 2.81 dps, 0.47 bps, 0.45 ace/set)
OH—Chrisalyn Johnson, 5-9, Jr. (3.02 kps, .147 att%, 2.42 dps, 0.45 bps, 0.26 ace/set)
RS—Anais Vargas, 5-10, Sr. (0.90 kps, .077 att%, 0.34 bps)
L—Keala Kaio-Perez, 5-7, Sr. (5.30 dps, 0.48 ace/set, 0.98 asst/set)

KNOW THE FOE: GNAC champion and nationally 5th-ranked Western Washington takes an 18-match winning streak into Thursday's NCAA First Round contest, including 14 sweeps, since a 4-set loss at Northwest Nazarene on Sept. 16 ... the 2015 West Region champions and last year's runners-up, the Vikings are led by GNAC Player of the Year Abby Phelps (4.15 kps, .266 att%, 4.84 dps, 0.60 bps) and fellow all-conference picks Joellee Buckner (2.92 kps, .259 att%, 4.87 dps) and Brette Boesel (11.60 asst/set, 2.43 dps).

                  UAA  WWU
Neutral Records   1-2  5-2
Kills per Set    12.4 14.2
Attack Pct.      .191 .252
Opp. Attack Pct. .163 .153
Assists per Set  11.5 13.3
Digs per Set     17.9 20.3
Blocks per Set    2.1  2.8
Aces per Set      1.8  1.5

ALL-TIME vs WWU: WWU leads 33-17
Neutral Courts: UAA leads 2-1
Last: WWU 3-1 (11/2/17 at WWU)
Streak: WWU 2
Notes: WWU swept the regular-season series for the first time since 2012, winning in four sets in both Bellingham and Anchorage ... this will mark the programs' third NCAA Tournament meeting, including UAA's 3-1 victory in the 2016 NCAA West Regional title match in Anchorage; WWU beat UAA 3-1 in a 3-vs-6 first-round match at the 2010 West Regional in San Bernardino, Calif. ... 10 of the last 11 matches have gone 4 or 5 sets ... the Seawolves are 10-12 against WWU under Chris Green (since 2008) ... WWU won 17 straight from 2001-08 … WWU leads 25-9 in GNAC meetings (since 2001) … teams have met every year since 2000 … series started in 1980.

SEAWOLF NCAA HISTORY: The Seawolves earned their deepest NCAA Tournament run by making the 2016 National Title Match and winning multiple matches for the first time last year ... in 2017, UAA making its program-record fifth straight NCAA appearance and eighth in nine seasons ... this year marks UAA's 10th overall NCAA Tournament trip (1989, 1990, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016), with its overall record at 7-9 … UAA has 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.

TEAM NOTES: The Seawolves have clinched a winning record for the 10th straight season, extending the program record that began with Chris Green's arrival at UAA in 2008 ... UAA leads the GNAC in aces per set (1.80) and hold top-60 national ranks in aces per set (35th) and digs per set (53rd, 17.9) ... UAA is 3-5 against AVCA Top 25 teams this year and 18-10 against ranked teams since 2014 ... UAA is 28-37 against ranked opponents under Green, after having lost 32 straight prior to his arrival in 2008... the Seawolves are 50-10 at the Alaska Airlines Center since its opening in Sept. 2014 and 96-21 at home since 2009 ... the loss at NNU on Sept. 28 ended a pair of program records at 16 straight road wins and 18 straight GNAC road wins; UAA's last GNAC road loss had been Oct. 8, 2015 at NNU... the season-opening loss to UCSD snapped a 26-match win streak in the month of September, dating back to Sept. 25, 2014.

A HOWL LOTTA LOVE: UAA will lead NCAA Div. II Volleyball in attendance for the third straight season as its final 2017 average of 1,075 fans per game still far outranks Nebraska Kearney (884), with only the NCAA Tournament remaining.

2017 NCAA Div. II Average Attendance (through reg. season)
Rk Team                Avg Matches
1. Alaska Anchorage  1,075 14
2. Nebraska Kearney    884 20
2. SW Minnesota St.    784 11
4. Angelo State        752 14
5. Minnesota Duluth    750 11

SWISS AIR: Now a 3-time All-GNAC performer and 2016 AVCA Second Team All-American, Jr. OH Leah Swiss started the year with all-tourney honors at the Seaside Invitational and has been UAA's most productive all-around performer with 3.37 kills per set, 2.79 digs per set and a 0.45 aces per set ... the CoSIDA Academic All-District and two-time Academic All-GNAC honoree has registered at least nine kills in 57 of the last 66 matches, including a UAA season-high 25 kills in the win over No. 10 NW Nazarene ... in the GNAC stats, Swiss is 2nd in aces per set, 9th in kills per set and 7th in points per set (4.09), recording a team-best 15 double-doubles ... the former local Dimond High star continues to move up UAA's career lists each week, rising to No. 2 in aces (143), No. 4 in kills (1,155), No. 15 in digs (979) and No. 5 in victories (81) in three seasons; her career average ranks are 7th in kills per set (3.11), 20th in attack pct. (.224) and 4th in aces per set (0.40) ... Swiss owns 36 career double-doubles, with a current string of eight in the last 10 matches.

HOLLAH FOR 'ALA: Sr. L Keala Kaio-Perez – known to her teammates as 'Ala' – has been UAA's libero in every set this year, becoming the first player in program history with at least 50 aces and 500 digs in a season ... the Waimanalo, Hawaii (Kailua HS) native and Western Nebraska CC transfer also became the first Seawolf libero to earn First Team All-GNAC honors since the position was added to college volleyball in 2002, leading the GNAC with 0.48 aces per set and ranking 2nd in the league with 5.30 digs per set ... since being rewarded with the GNAC Defensive Player of the Week honor for her effort in the home wins over Saint Martin's and Seattle Pacific in late September, Kaio-Perez has averaged 5.93 digs per set, boosted by career highs of 36 digs in both matches against Western Washington and 31 in the win over No. 25 Central Washington ... she has four efforts of at least 30 digs and 13 matches with at least 20 digs this year, returning from and ACL injury suffered in Sept. 2016 ... Kaio-Perez has posted at least 15 digs in all but two matches this season, while her 0.98 assists per set are second-best on the team.

C.J. SPIKE IT: Jr. OH Chrisalyn Johnson has raised her play since the calendar turned to October, recording double-doubles in 10 of 14 matches, and capturing both GNAC Offensive Player of the Week and AVCA DII National Player of the Week honors for her efforts in home wins Central Washington and Northwest Nazarene ... in addition to her career-high 24 kills in the win over No. 25 CWU, the former Dimond High star has recent efforts of 16 kills and a season-high 18 digs against No. 10 NNU, and 17 kills, 15 digs and 5 blocks at Concordia-Portland ... an All-NCAA Tournament Team performer at 2016 Elite Eight, Johnson earned honorable mention All-GNAC this season, currently ranking 12th in the GNAC with 3.02 kills per set, 13th with 3.53 points per set, and 12th with 0.26 aces per set, topping 20 kills on three occasions this year ... she has accounted for at least seven kills in 58 of the last 66 matches, including 40 times in double figures ... Johnson's career 2.94 kills per set rank 9th on the UAA list, while her 770 total kills already rank 15th, despite playing only a handful of sets her freshman season; she needs just 3 more kills to move into 14th place.

DEPENDABLE DUO: Alongside their veterans outside hitters, the Seawolves have two other players – Jr. DS/RS Taylor Noga and So. MB Vanessa Hayes – who played in every set on last year's NCAA Runner-Up squad ... Noga has played in 355 of 360 sets in her career and 260 consecutive sets since Dec. 2015, ranking as the 7th-winningest player (80 victories) in program history ... the former East Anchorage High standout has tallied double-digit digs in seven of the last 1zz matches, with 16 at Concordia-Portland, 17 in the win over No. 10 NW Nazarene and a season-high 18 in the 4-set loss at No. 8 Western Washington ... Noga has recorded at least 10 digs 25 times in her career, including a career-high-tying 19 in UAA's 3-1 victory over Palm Beach Atlantic in the 2016 NCAA Semifinals ... meanwhile, after going for no more than 9 kills in her first 54 career matches, Hayes has bolstered her offensive reputation with double-figure kills in four of the last 12 contests, including a pair of 13-kill showings in the wins at Concordia and Western Oregon ... with at least four kills in 28 of 29 matches this year, the Salem, Ore. (McNary HS) native leads UAA and ranks 13th in the GNAC with a .256 attack percentage, boosted by career-high .600 hitting (7-1-10) in the sweep of Cal State LA and a .545 (7-1-11) performance at UAF ... Hayes has already premiered on UAA's career top 20 lists in multiple categories, ranking 17th in attack pct. (.235), 11th in block assists (203, needs eight to move into top 10), and 13th in total blocks (221) ... both Noga (3.55 GPA in civil engineering) and Hayes (3.66 in psychology) were also honored as members of this year's GNAC All-Academic Team.

CASEY DRIVIN' THAT TRAIN: Fr. S Casey Davenport turned up her play a notch during the second half of the season and earned the 2017 GNAC Freshman of the Year award, becoming the fourth Seawolf to gain that accolade since 2012 ... since the Seawolves switched to a '5-1' rotation in early October, Davenport has averaged 9.98 assists, 0.97 kills on .231 hitting and 3.29 digs per set ... Davenport dished the most assists by a Seawolf this season with 53 in the 5-set win at Concordia-Portland, and she has posted double-digit digs in 10 of the last 14 contests, including 29 against No. 25 Central Washington and 21 at Seattle Pacific ... the Auburn, Wash., native ranks 9th in the overall GNAC stats with 7.11 assists per set, and she is 6th in the GNAC-only stats with 8.56 aps.

MELTON TOGETHER: Jr. MB Tara Melton became the sixth Seawolf in the last 10 years to earn the GNAC Newcomer of the Year award, sharing this year's honor with Simon Fraser's Angelica Kilberg ... since debuting in Green & Gold, Melton has posted at least five kills in 21 of 29 matches, including a career-high 11 kills in the win over No. 25 Central Washington and 10 kills on UAA season-best .692 hitting at Saint Martin's ... a former JC All-American at her hometown Glendale (Ariz.) Community College, Melton leads UAA and ranks 10th in the GNAC with 0.99 bocks per set ... she has eight matches with 5-plus blocks, including 10 block assists against Azusa Pacific and 7 block assists in wins over Concordia-Irvine, at MSU Billings and at Seattle Pacific.

GREEN MACHINE: Having led UAA to an unprecedented nine straight winning seasons, UAA head coach Chris Green (212-82, .721) has established himself as the most successful coach in program history and one of the top mentors in the NCAA Div. II ranks, earning the 2016 AVCA D-II National Coach of the Year award ... a 4-time GNAC Coach of the Year (2009, '13, '15, '16) and 3-time AVCA D-II West Region Coach of the Year (2009, '15, '16), 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 .792 clip (122-32) since the start of the 2013 campaign, including .844 (81-15) in league play ... Green’s UAA teams have produced six All-Americans, five GNAC Players of the Year, six GNAC Newcomers of the Year and four 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.

Casey Davenport
GNAC Freshman of the Year
Diana Fa'amausili
Preseason All-GNAC Team
Vanessa Hayes
Academic All-GNAC Team
Chrisalyn Johnson
Preseason All-GNAC Team
GNAC Offensive Player of the Week, Oct. 23-29
AVCA NCAA Div. II National Player of the Week, Oct. 23-29
Academic All-GNAC Team
Honorable Mention All-GNAC
Tara Melton
GNAC co-Newcomer of the Year
Taylor Noga
Academic All-GNAC Team
Keala Kaio-Perez
GNAC Defensive Player of the Week, Sept. 18-24
First Team All-GNAC
Leah Swiss
GNAC Preseason Player of the Year
Preseason All-GNAC Team
Seaside Invitational All-Tournament Team
Academic All-GNAC Team
CoSIDA Academic All-District Team
First Team All-GNAC (unanimous)
Anais Vargas
Academic All-GNAC Team