If it’s August, it means summer’s over — at least for the University of Alaska Anchorage volleyball team. A week and half away from their first match, albeit an exhibition with the Seawolf alumni, UAA was focused on day one of practice at Alaska Airlines Center.

 

“It seems like all incoming players are coachable and athletic. And we have seven returners who are also athletic,” said head coach Chris Green.

 

However, there are canyon-sized gaps to fill with the departure of seven seniors including first-team All-American Julia Mackey and third-team Katelynn Zanders.

 

Morgan Hooe, a fellow third-teamer and former South Anchorage High School star, remains to anchor this year’s group of new recruits.

 

“It feels nice. This place is home. We have seven new girls who gave it their all. Their work ethic, enthusiasm and encouragement is great,” she said.

 

The Seawolves look to build on the best season in the school’s history. They posted an outlandish 27-3 mark last year, advancing to the second round of the NCAA tournament. But they faltered on their home court, dropping a five-set affair to Cal State San Bernardino after racing out to a two-set lead.

 

After their exhibition on Aug. 20, they’ll travel to Hawaii and the island of Oahu for three challenging matches in three days. It’s aloha to BYU-Hawaii, Chaminade and Hawaii Pacific. Then it’s back to Anchorage for the home opener on Thursday, Sept. 1 with Westminster, part of the SpringHill Suites Invitational.

 

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