Sports Briefs

Alaska Aces paint the rink pink

In support of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, the Alaska Aces sponsored the 1st Annual Paint the Rink Pink charity event last week in conjunction with their preseason game against the Texas Wildcatters on Wednesday and Thursday nights, Oct. 10 and 11.

All proceeds from Paint the Rink Pink games on Wednesday and Thursday nights will go to the American Cancer Society and Breast Cancer Focus, Inc. The money raised will go toward breast cancer research and raising breast cancer awareness in Alaska.

This is the first year that the Alaska Aces have sponsored the Paint the Rink Pink charity event.

The regular season starts Oct. 23 in Fresno, Calif., against the Fresno Falcons. The Alaska Aces’ first home game will be against the Florida Everblades on Nov. 2.

Vikings sweep Seawolves, 3-0

Outside hitter Jaime Anderson led a balanced attack with 14 kills and 11 digs as Western Washington rallied Oct. 11 with a 30-24, 30-17, 30-14 win over UAA (5-11, 1-9 GNAC), which dropped its fourth straight despite 12 kills and 11 digs from junior outside hitter Joanna Johnson. WWU (13-4, 9-1) also got 13 kills from Angie Alvord and 11 kills apiece from Tiana Roma and Emily Castro as the league’s preseason favorite stay in a first-place tie with Western Oregon atop the GNAC standings.

The Seawolves hung close in the first game, rallying from down 10-17 to take a 21-20 lead on a kill by setter Milica Micovic. But the Vikings, ranked No. 2 in the initial Division II West Region poll this week, stormed back with six straight points and never looked back.

UAA’s biggest bright spot was junior outside hitter Jessica Morehouse, who came one shy of her career-high with nine kills. The former Service High standout delivered the night’s best individual attack percentage at .467 as well.

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No other Seawolf managed more than three kills as WWU out-hit the home team .276 to .056.

Junior outside hitter Rachel Kidwell led UAA with 18 digs.

Central sweeps UAA, 3-0

Joanna Johnson’s match-high 13 kills weren’t enough Oct. 13 to save the Alaska Anchorage volleyball team from its fifth straight loss as Central Washington defeated the Seawolves 30-17, 30-21, 30-18 at the Wells Fargo Sports Complex.

UAA (5-12, 1-10 GNAC) also got eight kills and eight digs from junior Rachel Kidwell. The Wildcats (8-12, 7-4) were powered by 10 kills apiece from Kayla Roof and Kady Try, while defensive specialist Erin Norris accounted for seven of her team’s 13 aces.

CWU also got 13 digs from both Roof and Erika Stevens, plus seven kills and seven total blocks (3 solo) from middle blocker Rachael Schurman. The visitors out-hit the Seawolves .226 to .009, out-aced them 13-1 and outblocked them 12-6.

Junior libero Cristal Negron led UAA with 12 digs, while Johnson and Kidwell managed eight apiece. Junior middle blocker Jessica Morehouse had a team-best five total blocks for the hosts.