Seawolves sweep SpringHill Suites Invitational tournament

Freshman outside hitter Sarah Johnson prepares to act as the ball heads her way during the third set of of the title-match at the Springhill Suites Invitational tournament Saturday night.

The Seawolf volleyball team won its first tournament of the season Saturday night by defeating Western New Mexico University in the SpringHill Suites Invitational.

Katelynn Zanders, freshman outside hitter and middle blocker, puts the Seawolves within one point of victory during the first set of the Springhill tournament Saturday night.

The win was settled in three sets with the scores 25-20, 25-21, 25-16.

Freshman outside hitter Julia Mackey led the game with 12 kills and nine digs.

Senior setter Kimya Jafroudi, who was named Most Outstanding Player, had 35 assists, six digs and three aces.

Following up Mackey were junior middle blocker Jodi Huddleston and freshman outside hitter Katelynn Zanders with nine kills apiece.

Zanders, Mackey and freshman outside hitter Sarah Johnson were named to the All-Tournament team.

Johnson had seven kills and 11 digs in the final game.

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Mackey said after the game that although the team struggled at the beginning of the first set, she felt like the team had a good chance of winning when they “came together” and played at their potential.

“We just stepped up a little bit more than they did,” she said.

Other members of the All-Tournament team were Alyssa Meihack, junior setter from Western New Mexico; AngelinaPulu, junior outside hitter and opposite hitter from Western New Mexico; and Shannon Young, junior outside hitter from Dixie State.

The Seawolves played WNMU earlier in the day in the round-robin tournament, winning that match in three sets also, for a final score of 25-17, 25-23, 25-19.

Athletic director Steve Cobb congratulates senior setter Kimya Jafroudi who raises her Most Oustanding Player award to the Seawolf crowd after winning the title-match.

Zanders led that game with 14 kills, followed by Mackey with 11 kills and junior middle blocker Jodi Huddleston with nine kills made in the first set.

Jafroudi had 36 assists and nine digs.

Friday night, the Seawolves beat Adelphi University in three sets with the final scores 25-16, 25-9, 25-22, earning them the title-match game against the WNMU team, who won both of their matches Friday.

Friday afternoon, the Seawolves beat Dixie State in four sets, 24-26, 25-22, 25-20, 25-23.

“It’s a really good feeling going into conference next week,” Jafroudi said about winning the tournament.

The Seawolves face-off against Central Washington University at 7 p.m. Thursday at the Wells Fargo Sports Complex.