A former Colony High School standout earned national recognition recently.
Eve Stephens, a 2018 CHS graduate and member of the UAA volleyball program, was one of three Seawolves named 2020 Arthur Ashe Jr. Sports Scholars.
Stephens was recognized along with UAA women’s basketball players Kimani Fernandez and Tennae Voliva. The honor is named for Ashe, a tennis legend, and recognizes, “student-athletes of color who best exemplify academic and achievement,” according to the UAA athletic department.
“All three of these young women are outstanding examples of what it means to be a student-athlete,” UAA athletic director Greg Myford said in a press release issued by UAA athletics. “Along with their accomplishments on the court, they represent Seawolf Athletics and our university with terrific character and integrity. They represent the reason why it is so important to support college athletics and the opportunity it affords, especially during these challenging times.”
In her first two years with the program, Stephens established herself as one of the top volleyball talents in the Great Northwest Athletic Conference. As a sophomore, in 2019, Stephens was recognized by the American Volleyball Coaches Association for the second straight year, earning second-team All-American honors. The 6-foot-1 right side hitter, was also named first-team All-Great Northwest Athletic Conference. It was the second straight year that Stephens not only earned the honor, but was a unanimous selection. She led the league with 3.97 kills per set and 4.70 points per set, and was also ranked in the top 15 in the conference in attack percentage (.265) and blocks per set (0.88).
Stephens has been named to an all-tournament team twice during the regular season. She made the list at both the Division II West Region Showcase and the Seawolf Invitational. Stephens has also been a standout in the classroom. She earned CoSIDA Academic All-District honors, sporting a 4.0 grade point average while studying accounting.
In November of 2019, Stephens was named to the CoSIDA Academic All-District 8 Volleyball team. She was picked as one of the top seven athletes who also excel in academics from 36 different schools in the region.
Stephens also earned a number of honors as a freshman. She was named the GNAC Freshman of the Year and first-team all-conference. Stephens was also named an AVCA All-American honorable mention.
Stephens set a school record for attack percentage by a freshman, with a mark of .330. She was also ranked nationally in multiple categories.
During her three seasons with the Colony varsity volleyball program, Stephens led the Knights to back-to-back Northern Lights Conference titles as a junior and senior. She was also named the NLC Player of the Year following each of those seasons.
Stephens was also named a 2018 Mat-Su Valley Frontiersman/Mat-Su Seahawkers Student Athlete of the Year.
Stephens was set to start her junior season with the Seawolves in August, but the GNAC suspended sports until at least Nov. 30 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
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