Here Comes Harthun and the Nanooks!
Aaron Walling / Ad Manager
How do Sam Harthun and Miranda Grieser follow up a record-breaking performance? By Harthun going for 40 kills and Grieser for 74 assists, defeating first-place Northwest Nazarene Crusaders to extend their winning streak to three. They haven’t beaten the
Crusaders since 2009.
The Nanooks have flipped the script from last year and even the beginning of this season, when they were not necessarily in a position to win any of their matches. Their record might not reflect it (5-17), but the Nanooks have changed under first-year Head Coach Brian Scott. In GNAC play, they are 5-10 which is the most conference wins they’ve had since 2010.
No one was stopping Harthun and Grieser, who dished out punishment on the Crusaders. The play of the day, however, came from Maddie Davis, who earned cheers from the Nanooks’ fan base with a series-clinching kill to give the Nanooks the five-set win, which is the third straight five-set match win for them.
“There has been a major evolution in volleyball here in Fairbanks this season,” Scott said. “Nobody would have guessed that this is where we would be when we started the season. This is the kind of play you can start to expect from these girls. They play their hearts out and they deserve all the credit for what happened tonight. I’m so proud of them.”
This win was special to the team, who were victorious against a very tough Crusaders team with senior leadership across the board. The Nanooks turned to two of their senior leaders, Harthun and Grieser, as they set the tone early by winning the first two sets over the Crusaders. Even though the match went to five sets, the Nanooks dominated in many of the stats. They out killed the Crusaders 82-51, out hit them .234 over .222 they simply outplayed the number one ranked GNAC team.
The Nanooks now look forward to their matchup against the number-two ranked GNAC team in Central Washington, who lost to Alaska Anchorage.