2 UAA sophomores tossed from the volleyball team
In a surprising development, UAA volleyball has thrown sophomores Madison Fisher and Diana Fa'amausili off the team for unspecified rules violations. No other details were made available.
Neither were in uniform for the Seawolves' home match with Simon Fraser Thursday night and their bios have been taken off the team's website.
The moves are big blows to a team still trying to find its identity after last year's run to the national championship game. UAA topped SFU but struggled, winning in five hard sets. They're now 10-6, 5-2 in conference play.
Fa'amausili made an immediate impact last year capturing West Region and GNAC freshman of the year awards. The right side hitter was also named honorable mention All-America.
Fisher took more time to burst onto the scene but made quite the entrance once she did. As Morgan Hooe's back-up, she filled in for Hooe who left the NCAA West Region Championship with a knee injury. Fisher had not played all season as head coach Chris Green had intended to redshirt the setter. With a year of eligibility gone after one match, Fisher helped the Seawolves to a four-set win over rival Western Washington with six assists and three kills.
At the time, there was concern that she'd lost a whole year for one match. As it turns out, she won't use all of her eligibility at UAA after all.
It represents a disappointing finish to two careers with shorter-than-expected stays -- each having begun with such great promise.