Stephens slams 20 kills to move to No. 7 on UAA’s all-time list

September 2, 2021

Eve Stephens

Palmer’s Eve Stephens came alive down the stretch to bring the University of Alaska Anchorage volleyball team back from the dead in a wild five-set victory over Biola.

Down two sets to none, the Seawolves rallied behind the 6-foot-1 All-American from the Mat-Su Valley as she slammed 15 of her 20 kills over the final three sets.

Stephens increased her career kill total to 1,087 to move into No. 7 on UAA’s all-time kills list, passing Anchorage’s Chrisalyn Johnson (1,083) in this match.

Fairbanks’ Julia Mackay (1,130) ranks No. 6 and Anchorage’s Jackie Mattisen (1134) is No. 5 in the record book.

Stephens, of Colony High fame, finished 20-of-52 with four errors for a .308 attack percentage. She added 12 digs to give her a third straight double-double.

She rescued the Seawolves many times, having a hand in key kills in the third and fourth sets before taking over in the fifth set with three kills and an ace on UAA’s final four points.

Anchorage’s Reilly Plumhoff – the other Alaskan on the UAA squad – played in all five sets and contributed nine digs, two assists and an ace.