Nanooks Volleyball wins one, loses one; Hockey beats 2nd rated team in nation
Lauren Fisher/Sun Star Reporter
October 23, 2012
The Nanooks won a rough game against Merrimack on Friday, Oct. 19, and to the delight of UAF fans, beat North Dakota University the next night to earn themselves the title of Brice Alaska Goal Rush champions. UAF Senior Steve Thompson of UAF was named the tournament’s most valuable player with a record of 55 saves as goalie over the course of the event. Thompson’s teammates Freshmen Tyler Morley and Josh Atkinson joined him on the all-tournament team named Saturday, Oct. 20.
Merrimack had 13:57 worth of penalty time during the game on Friday, to UAF’s 6:50. One Nanook was pulled into the other team’s bench during the third period. However, Coach Ferguson said “I don’t think they took it to us physically at all.” UAF’s three goals were made by Freshman Tyler Morley, Sophomore Trevor Campbell and Junior Cody Kunyk. Ferguson classified the game as “a real quality win.”
Saturday, the Nanooks faced off against the second-rated hockey team and pulled a win with a score of 2-1. Atkinson scored the first goal for UAF 54 seconds into the second period assisted by freshman Tyler Morley. UAF’s winning goal was scored at 3:02 in the final period by Senior Chad Gehon of UAF, who was assisted by Colton Parayko. This win earned the Nanooks the title of champions in the tournament.
The Lady Nanooks took a loss to Western Oregon University on Thursday, Oct. 18. After winning the first set 25-20, UAF failed to hold on to their momentum and lost the next three sets 26-24, 29-27 and 25-20. Freshman Sam Harthun and Junior Keri Knight were the leading scorers for UAF that night, with 18 and 15 kills respectively. Freshman Katlyn Mataya supported her team with a total of 44 assists over the course of the game.
On Saturday night, UAF turned things around with a sweep against St. Martin’s, winning all three sets 25-19, 25-20 and 26-24. Harthun led the Nanooks to victory with 18 kills and a .654 hitting percentage. Harthun said that she competes against individual players from the opposing team and tries her best to get more kills than them.
Volleyball’s next home game will take place on Oct. 27 against UAA. “We’re both young [teams], so watching them grow with us over the next four years will make the rivalry even better,” says Mataya.
The UAF Cross Country Running Men’s and Women’s teams left Western Oregon with two 8th place team standings from the Great Northwestern Athletic Conference. The women earned 198 points, and the men had 207 points.