Women's Volleyball beats MSU-Billings; loses to Seattle Pacific
Kurtis Gosney/Sun Star Reporter
Sept. 24, 2013
The UAF Women’s Volleyball team competed in the Great Northwest Athletic Conference this past weekend, playing two home games against the Montana State University-Billings Yellowjackets on Thursday, Sept. 19 and Seattle Pacific University Falcons on Saturday, Sept 21.
The Nanooks won their first game against the Yellowjackets. The Yellowjackets had a 12-8 lead early in the first set, but UAF fought
scored the next four points, tying the set at 12-12. The two teams competed for the lead until the Nanooks scored five consecutive points, earning them a 20-14 lead. The Nanooks stayed in the lead, and eventually won the first set 25-20.
After scoring the first four points in
the second set, the Nanooks briefly lost the lead against the Yellowjackets, behind 15-9. The Nanooks regained the lead scoring the next nine points. The Nanooks kept the lead and won the set, 25-20.
During the third set the Nanooks had a 24-23 lead. Sophomore outside hitter and Art student Sam Harthun served the ball into the net, allowing the Yellowjackets to tie the set at 24-24. The two teams battled back and forth trading points, Billings even getting a 26-25 lead at one moment. The Nanooks regained the lead, scoring the next three points, winning the set and game. Harthun led her team with 18 kills, while senior outside hitter and Business Administration student Keri Knight chipped in seven.
The Nanooks were not as successful on Saturday as they lost to Seattle Pacific in three sets. The Falcons had a 19-10 in the first set. Despite cutting the lead to 21-16, the Nanooks were not able to come all the way back as they lost the set 25-16.
The second set was more competitive than the first. It was close for the first part of the set until the Falcons got the lead again at 10-9. The Falcons then pushed their lead to 20-13 which helped them go on to win the set, 25-22.
The Falcons scored 10 out of the first 12 points in the third set to give themselves a 10-2 lead. The Falcons went on to win the set 25-14, earning the victory. Harthun finished the game with 13 kills along with 10 more by Knight. Freshman setter and Nutrition student Katelyn Camp had 25 assists.