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The UAA Volleyball team competed in their final road trip of the season this past weekend. The Wolves’ competed against Northwest Nazarene on Nov. 4 and against Central Washington Nov 6.

The UAA volleyball team (16-7 Overall, 11-4 GNAC) beat Northwest Nazarene 3-1 and got a big win on their final GNAC road trip. The win improved their road record to 6-4 on the 2010 season.

The Wolves’ recently moved into 7th place from 8th place for the West Region ranking, after victories over Montana State Billings (3-0) and Seattle Pacific (3-1).

“Those were big wins because, they put us in a really good place for regional’s,” said sophomore Leah McWilliams. “Every game from here on out is a big game.”

Seattle Pacific, moved down to No. 3, and Western Washington moved into 2nd, and Cal St. San Bernardino leads the West Region rankings.

Eight teams will qualify for the 2010 playoffs with the respective conference champions receiving automatic bids.

The regular-season final rankings will be released on Nov. 10, and the NCAA field will be announced Sunday November, 16.

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In the month of October the women went 6-1. McWilliams credits the month’s record on better focus at practice for what she says to be a young team.

Junior hitter Jackie Matthisen was named the Great Northwest Athletic Conference’s Volleyball Player of the Week on Nov. 1, after leading the Wolves’ to victory over Montana State Billings and Seattle Pacific. Matthisen had a total of 31 kills, 15 digs during their recent two game home stand.

Matthisen was First Team ALL-GNAC athlete as a sophomore in the 2009 season.

Courtney Lundberg, a middle blocker and the lone senior on the squad, is currently No. 2 in GNAC for both hitting pct (.359) and blocks per set (1.21) after recovering from an ankle injury in September.

Junior hitter McKenzie Moss, who recently recovered from injury as well, ranks 10th in GNAC with 2.78 kills per set.

“McKenzie is where is she was before, and isn’t having any problems,” said Head Coach Chris Green.

Coach Chris Green, who started coached at the University of Alaska Anchorage in 2008, earned his 50th win earlier this season. This was the fastest a coach has ever accomplished that, making history.

Freshman middle blocker Robyn Burton is ranked first with 1.27 blocks per set. Burton is the only freshman in the top 50 in GNAC rankings. Burton has already broke Maria Dalton’s block freshman record, set in 1981.

Nikkie Viotto has decreased slightly from her 3.0 digs-per-set mark and currently has a 2.89 average.

Marie Borowikow, a sophomore hitter, was named ESPN Academic All-District first-team honoree in the District 8 College Division for volleyball as of Nov.4. Borowikow will move on to the national balloting for Academic All-American status.

“Overall the team has improved a lot of the season, I’m happy,” said Green