Nanooks mauled by CWU Wildcats

Erin McGroarty/ Sun Star Reporter
Nov. 8, 2011

The Alaska Nanook Women's Volleyball squad gathers together for a team talk after losing the first of three sets to the Central Washington Wildcats on Thursday evening, Nov. 3 at the UAF Patty Center. Erin McGroarty/ Sun Star

The Central Washington University Wildcats defeated the Alaska Nanook Women’s Volleyball squad 3-0 during the three sets that UAF hosted in the Patty Center gym on Nov. 3. This match between the CWU Wildcats and the Alaska Nanooks was the first of two in the Great Northwest Athletic Conference. The second of the two matches was Saturday, Nov. 5, at 3 p.m.

The first set started off with the Nanooks charging forward with a 4-1 lead. The Nanooks couldn’t hold back the Wildcats as they quickly advanced to win the set with a score of 25-21.

Following their victory in the first set, the CWU Wildcats took off to a fast lead in set two, reaching a score of 11-5 within the first few minutes of the set. The plays bounced back and forth between the two squads and the score fluctuated. The Alaska Nanooks retaliated quickly and reached a tying score of 12-12 following a 7-1 run, including three kills by UAF junior Casey Tidwell. Soon after, the Nanooks led the set with a score of 17-14, but not for long. After a 5-1 run, the Wildcats tied the game again with a score of 18-18, and soon carried on to win the set with a score of 25-23.

In the third and final set of Thursday’s match, the Nanooks picked up the pace and points were tight between the two teams. However, after a tough fight, Central pulled ahead in a 14-10 lead and kept the points rolling. Central Washington’s Erin Smith assisted the Wildcats to an eventual victory of 25-21, swinging them into a 3-0 win against the Nanooks.

The second match of this weekend’s conference kicked off Saturday afternoon against the Northwest Nazarene University (NNU) Crusaders. The match began with honoring the three Nanook seniors. Simone Chavous, Jordyn Montgomery, and Karlee Skalla played their final game for Alaska that afternoon. All three women played a hard and determined game to end their college volleyball career.

The Nanooks played hard and showed teamwork in the first of four sets played on that afternoon, with a finishing score of 25-21. However, following the triumphant first set, the Crusaders came back to dominate the Nanooks, consecutively winning the other three sets. Soon into the second set, the Crusaders leapt to a 14-7 lead. As points bounced back and forth, NNU won the set with a score of 25-23.

In the set that followed, neither team led with more than three points at any given time. The two squads reached a tie of 19-19 but not for long. The Crusaders made a few quick moves and forged ahead to lead by two points. After tying yet again at 22-22, NNU won the match with 25-23.

The final set held a strong lead for the NNU Crusaders and the ‘Nooks never caught up, causing them to lose the set 25-19, and the match 4-1.


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