Two UAA volleyball players get GNAC honors

From Nate Sagan at UAA Sports Information:


PORTLAND, Ore. (Mar. 29) – Despite coming just shy of pulling off a weekend sweep, the Alaska Anchorage volleyball team managed to sweep the Great Northwest Athletic Conference Player of the Week awards Monday, with freshman Nicole Blue taking offensive honors and senior Vera Pluharova capturing the defensive award.

An outside hitter, Blue totaled 24 kills (3.00 kills per set) on team-best .404 hitting to help the Seawolves earn their weekend split against Alaska Fairbanks. In Friday’s 25-10, 25-17, 25-21 victory, the Cerritos, Calif., product led UAA with 10 kills on .333 hitting, an ace and no reception errors in 13 tries. On Saturday, she followed with 14 kills on .462 hitting and added a season-best four block assists as UAA fell 15-13 in the fifth set to the Nanooks.

Meanwhile, Pluharova totaled 14 blocks (1.75 bps), including three solos, to lead the Seawolves’ defensive effort. On Friday, her three total blocks helped hold UAF to a -.018 attack percentage in the UAA victory, while in Saturday she tied her career high with 11 total blocks in the loss. The 11 stuffs were the most for a Seawolf since Nov. 10, 2018.

Blue’s honor gives the Seawolves (4-1) the GNAC offensive award for the second week in a row, following Eve Stephens’s performance at Saint Martin’s and Seattle Pacific, Mar. 19-20.

UAA is off this week before traveling to Ellensburg, Wash., for doubleheaders against Western Oregon and Central Washington on Apr. 10-11.