Nanook Volleyball starts season with four losses and zero wins
Kurtis Gosney/Sun Star Reporter
September 3, 2013
2012-2013 Nanook Highlights:
- Swimmer and Psychology
student, Bente Heller won UAF’s first swimming national championship on March 8, winning first in the 100-meter backstroke event.
- The UAF Men’s and Women’s Ski teams both earned NCAA championship spots. The Women’s
team won first place in its region and the Men’s team finished 14th.
- The Men’s and Women’s Rifle team finished fourth overall out of eight teams in the NCAA national championships.
- The Alaska Nanook hockey team won its fourth consecutive Governor’s Cup against University of Alaska Anchorage, 3-1 in the second game of the series at Anchorage’s Sullivan Arena.
- The Men’s Basketball team finished the season with 16 wins and 12 losses, an improvement from the previous year’s 5-23. The Nanooks placed in the Great Northwest Athletic Conference tournament at the end of the year, for the first time in UAF history. The Nanooks beat the Western Washington Vikings in February. At the time, the Vikings were 24-0 and were ranked
second in the country.
The UAF Women’s Volleyball team began the 2013 season with four matches in four days against t
he University of Hawaii-Hilo Vulcans, Brigham Young University-Hawaii Seasiders, Chaminade University Silverswords and Hawaii Pacific University’s Sea Warriors.
The first match was on Thursday, Aug. 29 against Hawaii-Hilo. The Vulcans proved to be too much for the Nanooks to overcome as they swept UAF three games to zero. Sophomore outside hitter and Art student Sam Harthun had a team-high with 11 kills and freshman General Studies student Katelyn Camp had a team-high with 13 assists for the Nanooks.
The Nanooks lost in three sets in the second match on Friday against BYU-Hawaii. Despite the 3-0 sweep by the Seasiders, the Nanooks kept the match competitive against
the nationally–ranked team losing the second set by only four. Harthun earned two more kills on Friday. Camp recorded 28 assists to lead the Nanooks, as well. The last two games were on Saturday. The Nanooks won the first set of the third match 25-20 against Chaminade, but the Silverswords won the next three sets and won the game.
UAF captured the lead late in the set 26-25, but Chaminade scored three straight points shortly after to win the set 28-26. The Nanooks went on to lose the final set 25-14. Harthun had 11 kills and Camp had 26 assists.
Hawaii Pacific won the final game three sets to zero. Harthun had 13 kills, fellow outside hitter and senior Business Administration student Keri Knight scored another seven kills and Camp finished with 20 assists.
The UAF Nanooks have a record of zero wins and four losses after their first four matches of the season. The next match for Nanook Women’s Volleyball is Friday, Sept. 6 at 7 p.m., against the Humboldt State University Jacks in the Patty Center.