NAMPA, Idaho – Freshman Eve Stephens blasted 14 kills and had eight blocks Saturday to lead the Alaska Anchorage volleyball team to a 25-21, 25-14, 25-27, 25-14 victory over Northwest Nazarene in both squads’ regular-finale at the Johnson Sports Center.
The regionally 10th-ranked Seawolves (21-7, 14-6 Great Northwest Athletic Conference) also got big efforts from all three of their seniors – Chrisalyn Johnson, Tara Melton and Taylor Noga – in what would be their last career match should the team’s name not be called on Sunday’s NCAA Tournament selection show.
Northwest Nazarene (6-21, 6-14) was led by 14 kills from Abbey Blum, but he hosts were outhit .258 to .092 and outblocked 16-3.
Melton led that blocking effort with a career-high 11, while Johnson picked up her 14th double-double of the season and 39th of her career with 10 kills and 18 digs. Senior right-side hitter Taylor Noga barely missed her second double-double with nine kills, 10 digs and four blocks.
“That was a terrific team effort today, especially from our three seniors,” said UAA head coach Chris Green. “Twenty-one victories is an impressive accomplishment under any circumstances, so even if we are not fortunate enough to have our name called tomorrow, this team still has a lot to be proud of.”
UAA also got 10 kills and three blocks from junior Vanessa Boyer, while setters Ellen Floyd and Casey Davenport combined for 46 assists and 18 digs. Sophmore libero Anjoilyn Vreeland tie for match-high honors with 26 digs.
The NCAA Div. II Tournament selection show airs at 6 p.m. AST Sunday at ncaa.com.