ANCHORAGE -- Junior Vanessa Boyer slammed 15 kills and the 2018 Alaska Anchorage volleyball team got impressive debuts from several of its freshmen Saturday in a 25-23, 25-18, 25-21, 26-24 exhibition victory over the Seawolf Alumni at the Alaska Airlines Center.
Playing outside hitter for the first time in her career, Boyer (formerly Hayes) delivered a .306 attack percentage, while freshman middle blocker Eve Stephens added nine kills on .300 hitting and four total blocks.
The alumni squad – which featured four former Great Northwest Athletic Conference Players of the Year – was led by 11 kills and seven digs from former All-American Julia Mackey (2012-15). Setter Morgan Hooe (2013-16) finished with 15 assists, 16 digs, three aces and five kills on .400 hitting, and right-side hitter Anais Vargas (2016-17) had eight kills and seven digs.
Middle blocker Tara Melton added eight kills for the current Seawolves, and fellow senior Taylor Noga made a team-high 19 digs. Sophomore middle blocker Jalisa Ingram had a match-high six blocks, including three in the third set, and sophomore setter Casey Davenport tallied 23 assists and 14 digs.
The Seawolves begin the regular season Thursday at 7 p.m. when they host Western New Mexico in the first match of the UAA Invitational at the Alaska Airlines Center.