BILLINGS, Mont. (Sept. 14) – Senior Chrisalyn Johnson had 12 kills and five blocks, and the Alaska Anchorage volleyball team used a late third-set comeback Friday to complete a 25-21, 25-18, 28-26 sweep of Montana State Billings.
The Seawolves (10-2, 3-1 Great Northwest Athletic Conference) also got 10 kills from freshman middle blocker Eve Stephens as they won for the ninth straight year at Alterowitz Gymnasium.
Playing their home opener, the Yellowjackets (6-5, 0-3 GNAC) were led by 10 kills and 12 digs from outside hitter Maddi Vigil, plus a match-high 16 digs from libero Izela Alvarez, but the hosts dropped their fifth straight after a perfect 6-0 start.
“I was pleased with the resilience we showed in the third set, being able to dig out of a big hole to finish a tough league road win in three,” said UAA head coach Chris Green. “Our seniors all had strong efforts. Chrisalyn had one of her best matches of the year, and we got a nice all-around performance from Taylor (Noga), so lots of credit goes to our veterans tonight.”
Johnson finished with a .321 attack percentage as the Seawolves outhit the Yellowjackets .223 to .119. Noga had four kills, three aces, two assists and a team-high 13 digs, while senior middle blocker Tara Melton notched three kills on .333 hitting and four block assists.
Trailing 23-18 in the third, junior outside hitter Vanessa Boyer smashed one of her six kills to start a 5-0 Seawolf run. After Noga’s final ace tied the score, Billings gained back-to-back chances at set point – at 24-23 and 25-24 – but a kill by Johnson and a Yellowjacket attack error would extend the frame. Stephens and MSUB’s Bayli Monck traded kills to knot the score at 26-26, and the Seawolves took advantage of consecutive Yellowjacket errors to end the match.
Freshman setter Ellen Floyd tallied 16 assists and sophomore Casey Davenport dished 10 assists with five digs. The Seawolves continue a four-match road swing next week when they travel to Burnaby, British Columbia, to play Simon Fraser on Thursday, Sept. 20, and to Bellingham, Wash., to face nationally ranked and defending GNAC champion Western Washington on Saturday, Sept. 22. Both contests start at 6 p.m. ADT and can be seen live online at gnac.tv.
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