Seawolves sit at No. 4 halfway into season

UAA volleyball is now six weeks into their regular season games with six weeks left to go. They are holding steady at No. 4 in the Great Northwest Athletic Conference. In addition, they are No. 7 in Division II West Region.

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Eve Stephens, a middle blocker from Palmer, is currently the highest scoring player on the team with 196 points, averaging 3.56 per set. Stephens also holds the team-high in kills (170), No. 2 in attacks (.321) and No. 3 in blocks (47). Photo credit: Skip Hickey

The Seawolves currently hold a 4-2 conference record with an 11-3 overall record, giving them a .667 and .786 win percentage, respectively.

Ahead of them sits Seattle Pacific at No. 3, Central Washington as runner-up and Western Washington in the lead with an undefeated conference status.

After six weeks and 14 games, a lot has happened for the Seawolves.

WHO?

Freshman Eve Stephens, a middle blocker from Palmer, has stepped up and stood out. She is currently the highest scoring player on the team with 196 points, averaging 3.56 per set. Stephens also holds the team-high in kills (170), No. 2 in attacks (.321) and No. 3 in blocks (47). She secured the AVCA National Player of the week on Sept. 18 for her accomplishments.

Following Stephens in many categories, senior outside hitter Chrisalyn Johnson has contributed significantly to the team. A player of many skills, Johnson has put in a top effort for almost all offensive and defensive skills. She is No. 4 on the team in attacks (.134), No. 5 in blocks (29), No. 2 in points (189), No. 2 in kills (159) and No. 3 in digs (170).

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Coming in just behind Stephens and Johnson in points accumulated, junior Vanesa Boyer ranks third for the Seawolves after scoring 147.5 points. With a .190 attack percentage and 122 kills, Boyer is succeeding in offensive strategy.

Together, Stephens, Johnson and Boyer have accumulated nearly 60 percent of the team’s points. All three have also played in all 55 sets, in addition to Tara Melton, Taylor Noga, Vera Pluharova and Anjoilyn Vreeland.

WHAT?

After 14 games and 55 sets, the Seawolves have won just four of those games at 3-0. Against Western New Mexico, Concordia, Northwest Nazarene and MSU Billings, the Seawolves had made it out unscathed.

In comparison, UAA has only suffered one 0-3 loss, against Cal State East Bay.

Additionally, the Seawolves have played many long, high competition games. Against Michigan Tech, Cal State San Marcos, Central Washington and Rocky Mountain, the games have been stretched out to five sets each.

At the nearly the top of the conference, the Seawolves have some impressive stats to support it. While the Seawolves have 698 kills, the opponent average is 631. With 657 assists, UAA averages 69 more than their competition (588), and 977 digs – 24 more than the average competition (953).

WHAT NEXT?

With six weeks still remaining in the volleyball season, the Seawolves are far from done. There are still 14 regular season games to be played, including rematches with previously played conference competition.

The Seawolves have until Nov. 15 to bolster their skills and improve their records before the NCAA Div. II West Regional Championships.

For a full schedule or roster, visit www.goseawolves.com.