2018 ALASKA ANCHORAGE VOLLEYBALL SEASON-END RELEASE

 

BRIEF SEASON RECAP: The Seawolves posted the 14th 20-win season in program history and their sixth in 11 years under head coach Chris Green, barely missing the NCAA Tournament with a 21-7 overall record ... UAA also claimed its 11th straight winning record as it went 7-1 in non-conference play and finished third in the 11-team Great Northwest Athletic Conference at 14-6 ... individually, Fr. MB Eve Stephens landed First Team All-GNAC and GNAC Freshman of the Year honors, Sr. OH Chrisalyn Johnson and Sr. MB Tara Melton were honorable mention All-GNAC picks, and Sr. RS/L Taylor Noga tied for No. 2 in UAA career history with 101 victories in Green & Gold.

 

UAA SEASON-ENDING STARTERS (2018 stats)

S—Ellen Floyd, 5-10, Fr. (8.33 aps, 0.49 kps, .126 att%, 2.26 dps, 0.35 ace/set)

RS—Eve Stephens, 6-1, Fr. (3.18 kps, .330 att%, 0.76 bps)

MB—Tara Melton, 6-0, Sr. (2.18 kps, .343 att%, 1.04 bps)

MB—Vera Pluharova, 6-2, So. (1.01 kps, .211 att%, 1.19 bps)

OH—Vanessa Boyer, 5-11, Jr. (2.56 kps, .189 att%, 1.25 dps, 0.40 bps, 0.29 ace/set)

OH—Chrisalyn Johnson, 5-9, Sr. (2.75 kps, .145 att%, 3.39 dps, 0.32 ace/set, 0.46 bps)

L—Taylor Noga, 5-10, Sr. (0.92 kps, .119 att%, 4.26 dps, 0.28 ace/set)

 

TEAM NOTES: UAA ranked 20th in NCAA Div. II with 2.33 blocks per set ... of the 290 teams in D-II volleyball, UAA ranked no lower than 85th in any of the seven major statistical categories ... the Seawolves led the GNAC with 1.66 aces per set and a .153 opponent attack percentage, ranking in the top half of every league category ... UAA reached the 20-win plateau for the 14th time in 39 years and the sixth time in 11 years under Chris Green ... the Seawolves recorded their 11th straight winning season, extending the program record that began with Green's arrival at UAA in 2008 ... UAA also extended program-best streaks of 10 straight winning conference records and top-4 conference finishes ... the Seawolves are 60-13 (.822) at the Alaska Airlines Center since its opening in Sept. 2014 and 106-24 (.815) at home since 2009; UAA has never lost consecutive matches at the Alaska Airlines Center ... the Seawolves are 18-13 against AVCA Top 25 teams since 2014 and 28-40 overall vs. ranked opponents under Green; prior to Green's arrival, UAA had lost 32 straight to ranked foes.

 

MELTON SWELTERIN': After sharing GNAC Newcomer of the Year honors in 2017, Sr. MB Tara Melton came through with an honorable mention All-GNAC nod in 2018, ranking 3rd in the GNAC with a .343 attack percentage and 9th with 1.04 blocks per set ... the former JC All-American from Glendale (Ariz.) College hit above .400 in eight matches, including efforts of .435 with 14 kills in the 5-set win at SPU, .647 with 12 kills in the home sweep of MSUB, and .536 with a career-high 17 kills in the road win over Concordia ... Melton also posted 11 matches with at least 5 total blocks, including a career-high and UAA season-high-tying 11 in the 4-set win at NW Nazarene ... on UAA's career lists, Melton ranked 6th in attack pct. (.286), 13th in blocks per set (1.00), 12th in block assists (207) and 14th in total blocks (225), while on the single-season lists she placed 3rd in attack pct. (.343) and tied for 15th in block assists (107).

 

C-J'ING DOUBLE-DOUBLE: Sr. OH Chrisalyn Johnson joined an exclusive club in her final season, becoming the ninth Seawolf in 39 years to reach 1,000 career kills ... a two-time honorable mention All-GNAC pick, Johnson ranked 14th in the league with 2.75 kills per set, 13th with 3.33 points per set, along with 16th in digs (3.39 dps) and 8th in aces (0.32 aps) ... Johnson claimed the Most Outstanding Player award at the UAA Invitational and shared GNAC co-Offensive Player of the Week honor on opening weekend, and she led UAA with 14 double-doubles this year, finishing with 39 for her career ... an All-NCAA Tournament Team performer at the 2016 Elite Eight, Johnson accounted for at least seven kills in 84 of her last 95 career matches, including 60 times in double figures ... despite playing sparingly as a true freshman, Johnson finished with UAA career top-20 ranks in kills (7th, 1,083), kills per set (9th, 2.90), digs (14th, 1,003) and victories (t-8th, 78).

 

NOGA PARTY: After playing primarily defensive specialist through her first three seasons, Sr. Taylor Noga displayed her versatility in 2018, starting at right-side hitter for the first 12 matches, libero for the next 14 and right-side again for the final two ... beginning with all-tournament honors in the season-opening UAA Invitational, the former East Anchorage HS star ranked 10th in the GNAC in digs per set (4.26) and 20th in aces per set (0.28) ... Noga had career highs of 13 kills and 21 digs in the win over Michigan Tech, posting her first double-double and topping her previous best of 19 digs from the 2016 NCAA Semifinals ... she had 10 20-dig efforts this season, including a career-high 27 against No. 4 WWU, 26 in the 4-set win over WOU and 25 in the wins at SPU and Concordia ... as a libero, she posting 5.21 dps, which would have ranked 4th in the league ... Noga played in 467 of 474 sets in her career and 372 consecutive sets from Dec. 2015-Nov. 2018, tying former teammate Morgan Hooe (2016) as the 2nd-winningest player (101 victories) in program history ... on UAA's other career lists, Noga finished 4th in sets played (467), 6th in digs (1,137) and t-6th in matches played (125).

 

GOOD EVE: Fr. RS Eve Stephens delivered one of the best rookie seasons in Seawolf history, claiming unanimous First Team All-GNAC, Second Team All-West Region and GNAC Freshman of the Year honors ... the former Colony High School star ranked 6th in the conference with a .330 attack percentage, 8th with 3.18 kills per set and 9th with 3.59 points per set, while helping UAA lead the GNAC in opponent attack pct. with a solid 0.76 blocks per set ... Stephens's .330 attack pct. also broke the Seawolf freshman record and ranked 8th nationally among freshmen ... the GNAC offensive and Sports Imports/AVCA Division II National player-of-the-week for Sept. 10-16, she blasted double-figure kills in 15 of the last 20 matches and hit over .300 in 18 contests ... in the 4-set victory over UAF, she racked up 21 kills with no attack errors, producing a .656 attack percentage that ranked No. 6 on the all-time GNAC list and best ever for a Seawolf in 17 years of GNAC play (minimum 18 kills), and she had at least 6 kills in every match, including a UAA season-high 23 in the road win over Rocky Mountain.

 

MORE 'WOLF BITES: Jr. OH Vanessa Boyer made the move from middle blocker to outside hitter this year and showed steady improvement at her new position, increasing her kills numbers almost every week and averaging 2.56 kps on .189 hitting ... Boyer delivered her first career double-double with 12 kills and 12 digs against Notre Dame de Namur, and she posted at least 14 kills in seven matches, including 15 in the 3-2 win at SPU and a career-high 17 in the 3-1 win at Concordia-Portland ... a starter on UAA's 2016 NCAA Runner-Up squad, Boyer ranks in UAA's career top 20 lists in multiple categories, entering her senior season at 7th in block assists (249) and 11th in total blocks (267) ... after totaling just 12 blocks in 24 sets as a freshman, So. MB Vera Pluharova made her debut in the regular rotation and claimed GNAC Defensive Player of the Week honors with 22 total blocks in the season-opening UAA Invitational ... the Czech native had at least 5 total blocks in 14 of her 26 matches in 2019 to rank 2nd in the GNAC (29th nationally) with 1.19 bps ... Pluharova also came into her own offensively during the second half of the season, improving her attack pct. from .065 to .211 in her final 10 matches, thanks to 59 kills and just 10 errors in that span ... after taking over as the primary distributor in a one-setter offense on Sept. 20, freshman Ellen Floyd averaged 10.04 assists per set and delivered 43 of her 51 kills this season ... a Florida native with Kodiak ties, Floyd led the Seawolves and ranked 5th in the GNAC with 0.35 aces per set, and she was 6th in the league with 8.33 assists per set.

 

SMART SEAWOLVES: Led by a 3.65 grade-point average from Jr. RS Vanessa Boyer, UAA equaled a program best Wednesday by landing six players on the GNAC Academic All-Conference Team in 2019 ... the Seawolves had two players land their third conecutive GNAC academic awards as Sr. OH Chrisalyn Johnson (3.50, mechanical engineering) and Sr. L/RS Taylor Noga (3.29, civil engineering) made the grade again ... Boyer (psychology) earned her second straight honor and posted the Seawolves’ highest overall GPA for the second year in a row ... joining the veteran trio were  first-time academic award-winners So. MB Jalisa Ingram (3.50, sociology), So. S Casey Davenport (3.41, health sciences) and So. MB Vera Pluharova (3.29, natural sciences) ... UAA’s six selections equaled the 2003 team for the program’s most in the 18-year history of the GNAC ... to earn a spot on the GNAC Academic All-Conference Team, a student-athlete must maintain a minimum 3.20 overall GPA and be in at least her second season of competition at a GNAC institution.

 

GREEN MACHINE: Having led UAA to an unprecedented 10 straight winning seasons, UAA head coach Chris Green (233-90, .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 nine seasons, capturing No. 1 seeds in 2015 and 2016; in the 28 years before Green’s arrival, the Seawolves made two NCAAs ... UAA has won at an .785 clip (142-39) since the start of the 2013 campaign, including .825 (94-20) 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 five 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.

 

2018 INDIVIDUAL HONORS

Vanessa Boyer

GNAC All-Academic Team

Casey Davenport

Preseason All-GNAC Team

GNAC All-Academic Team

Jalisa Ingram

GNAC All-Academic Team

Chrisalyn Johnson

Preseason All-GNAC Team

UAA Invitational Most Outstanding Player, 8/25

GNAC co-Offensive Player of the Week, 8/20-26

GNAC All-Academic Team

Honorable Mention All-GNAC

Tara Melton

Honorable Mention All-GNAC

Taylor Noga

UAA Invitational All-Tournament Team

GNAC All-Academic Team

Vera Pluharova

GNAC Defensive Player of the Week, 8/20-26

GNAC All-Academic Team

Eve Stephens

GNAC Offensive Player of the Week, 9/10-16

Sports Imports/AVCA National Player of the Week, 9/10-16

First Team All-GNAC (unanimous)

GNAC Freshman of the Year

Second Team All-West Region (AVCA)