PORTLAND, ORE. – The University of Alaska Anchorage improved to a perfect 5-0 all-time against Concordia (Ore.) after defeating the Cavaliers in five sets Friday.
UAA improves to 11-7 overall and 6-3 in GNAC play. CU falls to 8-8 overall and 3-6 in league action.
The match started with the longest set that UAA has participated in this season. Trailing 24-22, the Seawolves fended off set-point thanks to kills from Anais Vargas and two from Chrisalyn Johnson to take a 25-22 lead. UAA once again fended off set-point at 27-26 once again after a kill from Johnson. Alaska Anchorage finally won the set 31-29 behind a kill from Leah Swiss and an attack error by Karly Ernster.
UAA hit .326 in the opening set and held CU to .170.
The Seawolves hit a match-high .478 to win set two 25-14. The Cavaliers hit a team-high .278 in the second set but scored just 14 points, its lowest score in the first four sets.
Concordia won sets three (25-21) and four (25-22) thanks to its defense. Alaska Anchorage hit a match-low .023 in the third and .139 in the fourth. The Cavaliers scored eight of the last 10 points in the fourth set.
The Seawolves won the decisive fifth set, 15-11, with a crucial 8-2 run in the middle of the set. UAA hit .188 in the final frame and held CU to .100.
Chrisalyn Johnson led UAA with 17 kills, 15 digs and a career-high five block assists. Vanessa Hayes recorded double-digits for kills for the first time in her career on her way to a career-high 13 and hit a match-high .391.
UAA finished with an 11-3 lead in service aces thanks to five from Keala Kaio-Perez, which tied her career high.
Colby Barnette hit .390 with 20 kills to lead the Cavaliers.
Alaska Anchorage will play at Western Oregon Oct. 14.