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UAA volleyball drops Angelo State, moves one step closer to national title

By Dave Goldman 12:23 PM December 8, 2016

The UAA volleyball team’s dream season will continue.

The Seawolves advanced to the national semifinal of the NCAA Division II Volleyball Tournament with a four set win over Angelo State 14-25, 25-22, 27-25, 25-16 at the Sanford Pentagon.

After dropping the first set, UAA came back to take a tight second. The Seawolves (33-2) grabbed control of the third set and the match with a strong 7-1 run midway through, winning it in extra points. Their defense was equally outstanding, especially with numerous responsive blocks at the net against a tall Belle lineup (34-4).

Buoyed by strong performances up and down the roster, Dimond High School’s Chrisalyn Johnson led the Seawolves with a career high 20 kills. Leah Swiss, just named a second team All-American yesterday, added 19.

It caps off what has been a banner week for the program. Along with Swiss, Morgan Hooe took home first team All-American honors, while freshman Diana Fa’amausili reeled in an honorable mention. Thursday morning, head coach Chris Green earned the AVCA NCAA Division II Coach of the Year nod. Sheldon Carvalho was recognized as the assistant of the year.

Today marks one of the great days in the history of the UAA volleyball program.

The good news? It can get even better tomorrow.

UAA is now two matches away from a national championship.

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