For the first time in program history, the University of Alaska Anchorage volleyball team has been crowned NCAA Division II West Region Champions.


The Seawolves defeated GNAC foe Western Washington University in four sets — 19-25, 27-25, 25-21 and 25-23 — in front of a record crowd of 2,710 people at the Alaska Airlines Center, advancing to the NCAA Elite 8 in South Dakota.





Sophomore outside hitter Leah Swiss led UAA with 16 kills, while senior setter Morgan Hooe posted 39 assists.


Hooe had to leave the match early in the first set with a right knee injury. That allowed freshman Madison Fisher to enter the game, but in doing so Fisher had to forfeit her redshirt status. Hooe would re-enter the match in the second set.


The Seawolves, number nine in the nation, now wait to find out who they will face in the NCAA DII Quarterfinals, which kicks off Thursday, Dec. 8 in Sioux Falls, South Dakota.


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