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GENERAL INFORMATION Name: University of Alaska Anchorage Website: Address: 3211 Providence Dr. Anchorage, AK 99508 Founded: 1977 Enrollment: 19,486 Nickname: Seawolves Colors: Green & Gold Home Court: Wells Fargo Sports Complex Opened: 1977 Capacity: 1,250 Affiliation: NCAA Division II Conference: Great Northwest Athletic Conference Chancellor: Fran Ulmer Athletics Director: Dr. Steve Cobb Athletic Dept. Phone: 907-786-1250 Sports Information Dir. (VB contact): Nate Sagan Office: 907-786-1295 Email: HISTORY First year of volleyball: 1980 All-time record: 420-428 (.499) NCAA appearances: 2 (1988, 1990)

SEAWOLF VOLLEYBALL: A New Era Dawns The 2008 season marks the beginning for a new era in Seawolf Volleyball as Chris Green takes over the Alaska Anchorage coaching reins. After turning Western Nebraska Community College into a national power over the past nine seasons, Green comes to UAA with his sights set high as well. “We have terrific fan support, an active volleyball community and a commitment to winning from our administration,” says Green. “Those are the foundations of success, and my staff and I are committed to recruiting superior talent and giving them tools to be successful as we grow into a top-tier program.” For Seawolf Volleyball, the future begins now.

2008 Alaska Anchorage Roster NO NAME 2 Rachel Kidwell


5 Cristal Negron


Jr. TR Scottsdale, Ariz. (Pinnacle HS/Glendale CC)

5-5 Sr. 3V Anchorage (Dimond HS) 6-0

Fr. HS Anchorage (Bartlett HS) Jr. TR Peoria, Ariz. (Mountain Ridge HS/Glendale CC)

OH/RS 5-10 Sr. 1V Tustin, Calif. (THS/Orange Coast College)

9 Samantha Calderwood


10 Rhea Cardwell


11 Jessica Morehouse


12 Kaunnalli Self


OH/RS 6-0

7 Ashley Bates 8 Joanna Johnson


OH/RS 5-10 Sr. 1V Bullhead City, Ariz. (River Valley HS/Arizona Western)

4 Calli Scott 6 McKenzie Moss


5-6 So. 1V Kenai (Kenai Central HS) 5-10 Sr. 1V Prineville, Ore. (Crook County HS/Clackamas CC/ENMU) 6-1 Sr. 3V Anchorage (Service HS)

RS/MB 6-1

Fr. RS Sonora, Calif. (SHS)

13 Cortney Lundberg


6-1 So. TR Hardin, Mont. (HHS/Miles CC)

14 Stacie Meisner



Jr. TR Gering, Neb. (GHS/Western Nebraska CC)

15 Kayla O’Kelley



Fr. RS Greenville, S.C. (Shannon Forest Christian HS)

RS Jackie Matthisen

MB/RS 5-11 So. TR Anchorage (East HS/Western Oregon)

HEAD COACH: Chris Green (Nebraska, 1991), 1st season at UAA Senior outside hitter Joanna Johnson earned UAA’s Team MVP honor in 2007.

ASSISTANT COACH: Nicky Rose (Southwest Texas State, 2000), 9th season GRADUATE ASSISTANT: Sue Hovland (Georgia Southwestern State, 2006), 3rd season VOLUNTEER ASSISTANT: Chelsey Jones (UAA, 2008), 1st season

2008 Schedule

2008 Seawolf Returners Joanna Johnson - Sr.

Rhea Cardwell - Sr. • • • •

• • • •

No. 7 GNAC with 4.16 dpg No. 12 GNAC with 3.26 kpg

10 double-doubles in 18 matches

2007 Most Inspirational Player

2007 Team MVP No. 11 GNAC with 3.39 kpg 10+ kills in 17 of 24 matches 37 digs vs NNU (10/25/07)

Jessica Morehouse - Sr.

Rachel Kidwell - Sr.

• 3-year Seawolf letterwinner • Led UAA & No. 12 GNAC with .235 attack pct. • Played in 63 career matches

• No. 2 on team & No. 12 in GNAC with 3.67 dpg • Five double-doubles in 2007 • All-Tourney at Ferris State Invite

Cristal Negron - Sr. • • • •


Samantha Calderwood-So. • • • •

3-year Seawolf letterwinner Libero in all matches in ‘07 No. 14 GNAC with 3.53 dpg Led UAA with .980 serve pct.

2007 Seawolf letterwinner Played 14 matches as frosh 9 digs on 3 occasions 2006 Seawolf redshirt

Kaunnalli Self - Fr.

Kayla O’Kelley - Fr.

• 2007 redshirt • Helped Sonora HS to two straight league title and Sectional semifinals

• 2007 redshirt • Led Shannon Forest Christian HS to 2006 South Carolina small schools title


9 pm 7:30 pm


11 am

29 Texas Woman’s vs Harding

1 pm

29 Ohio Valley vs Texas Woman’s

5 pm

29 UAA vs Harding

7 pm

30 UAA vs Texas Woman’s

11 am

30 Ohio Valley vs Harding

1 pm

30 Consolation match

5 pm

30 Championship match

7 pm

SEPTEMBER 5-6 Grand Canyon Cactus Classic^

5 vs Western State

9 am

5 vs Point Loma Nazarene

3 pm

6 at Grand Canyon


6 vs Western State

3 pm

12-13 Ramada Roseville Concordia Classic%

Seawolf Newcomers

12 vs Augustana

6 am

12 vs Southwest Minnesota State

10 am

13 vs Truman State 13 at Concordia-St. Paul

Ashley Bates Jr. / JC

Courtney Lundberg So. / JC

Jackie Matthisen So. / TR

Stacie Meisner Jr. / JC

McKenzie Moss Fr. / HS

Calli Scott Jr. / JC

8 am 4:30 pm


7 pm


7 pm

27 at Alaska Fairbanks*

3 pm


2 at Saint Martin’s*

6 pm

4 at Western Oregon*

6 pm

6 at Montana State Billings*

5 pm


7 pm


7 pm


7 pm

23 at Seattle Pacific*

6 pm

25 at Northwest Nazarene*

6 pm


7 pm


2008 Alaska Anchorage Seawolves Sitting (left-to-right): Calli Scott, Samantha Calderwood, Stacie Meisner, Joanna Johnson, Rachel Kidwell, Rhea Cardwell, Cristal Negron. Standing (l-r): Graduate assistant coach Sue Hovland, volunteer assistant coach Chelsey Jones, Jackie Matthisen, Ashley Bates, Kaunnalli Self, Kayla O’Kelley, Jessica Morehouse, Cortney Lundberg, McKenzie Moss, assistant coach Nicky Rose, head coach Chris Green.


7 pm


7 pm

13 at Central Washington

6 pm

15 at Western Washington

1 pm

Home matches in BOLD CAPS at Wells Fargo Sports Complex

All times Alaska Daylight/Standard Time ^ St. Paul, Minn. / % Phoenix, Ariz. * Great Northwest Athletic Conference match

























Seawolf Coaching Staff Head Coach Chris


assistant Coach

Education: B.S., Mathematics, Univ. of Nebraska 1991; M.S., Teaching Mathematics, Univ. of Wyoming, 1995 Phone: 907-786-1226 / Email:

Coming off four straight national semifinals appearances and the 2007

national title, Chris Green makes the jump from junior college to the NCAA Division II level in his first season as head coach at Alaska Anchorage in 2008. Green, who becomes the sixth coach in program history, spent the last nine seasons (1999-07) as the head coach at Western Nebraska Community College in Scottsbluff, Neb. Green built a powerhouse program at WNCC, compiling a 453-55 record that culminated in the 2007 NJCAA Division I national championship. photo by Mark Rein The Cougars finished in the top 10 at the national Chris Green celebrates the 2007 National Junior College Athletic tournament in all of Association championship with his Western Nebraska squad. Green’s seasons, including a current string of four straight Final 4 appearances. In the last three seasons, WNCC went 163-7 and finished national runner-up in 2006. Under Green’s tutelage, the Cougars earned a total of 10 first-team and six secondteam All-America certificates and regularly placed players at NCAA Division I and II programs. WNCC’s players also found success in the classroom, with the team maintaining a cumulative 3.0 grade-point average in all nine of his seasons. Before leading the Cougars to nine straight Region IX titles, the Gering, Neb., native coached seven years at the prep level, including a 4-year stint at Kauai High School in Lihue, Hawaii.





Seawolf Record Book


KILLS Match: 32, Cherie Knox vs Regis, 10/15/89 Season: 535, Jen Szczerbinski, 1992 Career: 1,691, Jen Szczerbinski, 1988-90, 92


KILLS PER GAME Match: 10.6, Cherie Knox vs Regis, 10/15/89 Season: 4.1, Jen Szczerbinski, 1992 Career: 3.76, Mindy Cason, 2002-03







ATTACK PERCENTAGE Match (min. 10 att.): .909, Janelle (Morrisette) Veith (10-0-11) vs Seattle U., 10/20/01 Season: .333, Tammy Middaugh, 1982 Career: .250, Michelle Harlamert, 1989-91, 93 TOTAL BLOCKS Match: 17, Michelle Harlamert vs Bellarmine, 10/1/93 Season: 176, Vickie Maas, 1992 Career: 499, Vickie Maas, 1989-92

SERVICE ACES Match: 9, Tegan Bosard vs Western New Mexico, 10/27/97 Season: 57, Sandra Kirtley, 1995 Career: 162, Jen Szczerbinski, 1988-92 DIGS Match: 39, Jen Szczerbinski vs Chaminade, 10/19/90 Season: 604, Jen Szczerbinski, 1990 Career: 2,108, Jen Szczerbinski, 1988-90,92 ASSISTS Match: 75, Janelle (Morrisette) Veith vs St. Cloud State, 8/25/00 Season: 1,522, Tracy Zink, 1990 Career: 3,853, Janelle (Morrisette) Veith, 19982001

Nicky Rose

Education: B.A., Exercise Sports Science, SW Texas State, 2000 Phone: 907-786-4855 Email:

Nicky Rose enters her ninth season as

an assistant coach with the Seawolves in 2008. Her primary responsibilities include ­recruiting, match preparation and on-court instruction. Rose was a four-year letterwinner at Southwest Texas State, where she earned second team All-Southland Conference ­honors as a sophomore, junior and ­senior. She earned Southland Conference Tournament MVP honors as a senior, and was named to the all-tournament team as a junior. The career record-holder for digs at Southwest Texas, Rose also received the school’s Scholar-Athlete of the Year Award in 1998. Rose established herself on the local ­volleyball scene as a prep star at Anchorage’s Dimond High School.


Sue Hovland

Education: B.S., Exercise Sports Science, Georgia SW State, 2006 Phone: 907-786-1283 Email:

Sue Hovland returns to the Seawolf staff

in 2008 for her third season as a graduate assistant coach. In addition to on-court and administrative coaching roles with the volleyball team, she is also in charge of conditioning. Hovland graduated from Georgia Southwestern State University in Americus, Ga., where she played volleyball for two seasons. She also lettered in cross country and tennis at GSW. Hovland earned her associate’s degree from South Florida Community College in 2003, where she played tennis and volleyball as well. Hovland is a native of Peyton, Colo., where she was a multi-sport star at Falcon High School.

Facilities The Seawolves play their

home matches in the comfortable ­confines of the 1,250-seat Wells Fargo Sports Complex, ­conveniently located in the heart of the UAA ­campus. UAA studentathletes also train at the Complex, taking advantage of the ­facility’s recently ­refurbished weight room, swimming pool and indoor ­jogging track.

The University of Alaska

Anchorage volleyball team hosts one of the top early-season Division II tournaments in the nation when it brings three teams north to Anchorage for the Extended Stay Deluxe Invitational each fall. For the 14th annual event, Aug. 28-29, 2008, the Seawolves welcome visiting squads from Harding, Ohio Valley and Texas Woman’s University.

Stretching from Alaska to Oregon to Montana, the Great Northwest Athletic

Conference has quickly established itself as one of the most successful leagues in the NCAA Division II ranks. Founded in 2001, the GNAC features nine institutions — Alaska Anchorage, Alaska Fairbanks, Central Washington, Montana State Billings, Northwest Nazarene, Saint Martin’s, Seattle Pacific, Western Oregon and Western Washington. The 2007-08 season was arguably the finest in league history, with three NCAA runnerup finishes and a pair of NCAA semifinals appearances for UAA’s basketball teams. The Seawolves sponsor seven of the GNAC’s 14 sports — volleyball, men’s and women’s basketball, men’s and women’s cross country, and men’s and women’s outdoor track & field.

This is UAA!

UAA’s Homecoming celebration happens every October.

ACADEMICS The University of Alaska Anchorage is the state’s largest, most comprehensive university, serving nearly 20,000 students through four primary campuses and numerous other sites in Southcentral Alaska and the Aleutian Chain. Situated in the heart of Alaska’s biggest city, UAA is nestled in the middle of a greenbelt, surrounded by ponds, lakes and wildlife, and is connected to a citywide trail and transportation system. UAA is comprised of six teaching units at the Anchorage campus — the colleges of Education, Health & Social Welfare, Arts & Sciences, Business & Public Policy; the Community & Technical College; and the School of Engineering. Organized research units at UAA complement the academic programs and reflect the special character of the Univer­sity’s mission in Alaska. Research units include the Alaska Center for International Business, the American Russian Center, the Environment and Natural Resources Institute, the Center of Alcohol and Addic­tion Studies, the Center for Economic Education, the Institute for Circumpolar Health Studies, the Center for Human Development, the Institute of Social and Economic Research and the Justice Center. UAA operates on a semester system. Fifteen semester credits are a normal class load and a minimum of 120 credits are required to complete a bachelor’s degree.

Commencement ceremonies take place in early May at Sullivan Arena.

Opened in 2003, UAA’s new library building (above) is an architectural gem at the heart of campus. A new science building is currently under construction as well, helping UAA stay at the forefront of today’s research technology.

photo courtesy Michael Dinneen Photography


UAA became just the second school in NCAA Div. II history to qualify both its men’s and women’s basketball teams to the Final 4 when it pulled the trick in 2007-08. t


2008 NCAA Div. II Long Jump UAA’s gymnastics champion David Registe squad joined the Seawolf hockey team with Div. I status in 2004. Both teams regularly take on the nation’s top teams. t


UAA’s skiers have a long tradition of All-Americans and boast eight all-time individual NCAA champions.

Nicknamed the Seawolves, UAA’s ­athletic teams compete as members of NCAA Division I in men’s ice hockey and women’s gymnastics and NCAA Division II in all other sports, including men’s and women’s basketball, women’s volleyball, men’s and women’s skiing, men’s and women’s outdoor track & field, and women’s cross country. UAA annually hosts the Carrs/Safeway Great Alaska Shootout men’s and women’s basketball tournament — recognized as one of the top ­in-season tournaments in the nation — as well as the Kendall Hockey Classic and the Extended Stay Deluxe Invitational volleyball tournament. Since joining the NCAA ranks in 1977, UAA has become a perennial national power in many of its sports. A total of 124 Seawolves have earned All-America honors, and UAA has produced 14 ­individual national champions since 1991. The Seawolves are currently coming off perhaps the most successful year in program history, with NCAA Semifinals appearances for men’s and women’s basketball, strong NCAA team showings from men’s and women’s track & field and skiing, and the first individual NCAA track & field title in UAA history by long jumper David Registe. UAA athletes have enjoyed unprecedented success in the classroom, compiling a cumulative GPA of 3.0+ in 11 of the last 14 years.

2008 Alaska Anchorage Volleyball guide  

2008 Alaska Anchorage Volleyball guide