Sports Recap, November 1
Aaron Walling / Sun Star
Senior Sam Harthun became the Alaska Nanooks’ all time kill leader Thursday night—collecting 1,370 kills over her four year career. Harthun dominated the Seattle Pacific Falcons and the Saints of Saint Martin’s to lead the Nanooks to a two game winning streak.
Harthun—who moved past Mallory Larranaga’s (Bergstrom) 1,363 kills on the all time list—overwhelmed the Falcons with 27 kills and 19 digs in a down-to-the-wire five set match. The Nanooks as a team helped Harthun both get the record as well as secure the win, with senior Miranda Greiser setting up 55 assists.
“The thing that means the most to me is how supportive so many people have been,” Harthun said. “I’ve already had so many people to thank after the match; it’s been completely overwhelming. I would not have been able to to get this record tonight without my teammates.”
In the Saint Martin’s match, Grieser destroyed the Saints with eight service aces to tie the Nanooks’ record with former players Tanya Pitatnova and Jamie Schanback. Her impressive performance caught the attention of Head Coach Brian Scott.
“She got Saint Martin’s out of their system by mixing up her serves. She really kept them guessing tonight and made some really great decision that resulted in points for us,” Scott said after their win over the Saints.
Scott should be happy after the team has already eclipsed their win total from last year after only winning three games last year. Scott has brought in a new culture to the Nanooks after winning back-to-back five set matches. Battling back into the match to win it in the fifth set has come in three of their four wins this season. Even the coach commented on the greatness of Harthun.
“Tonight is a milestone moment for our program and every girl that has ever played with Sam Harthun should feel a part of this record because she could not have gotten it without some spectacular teammates,” Scott said.
Seattle Pacific Falcons vs. Alaska Nanooks
Series 3-2, (18-25, 27-25, 21-25, 25-18, 15-13)
Saint Martin’s vs. Alaska Nanooks
Series 3-2 (13-25, 18-25, 25-20, 25-12, 15-13)
It was over before it began with the Alaska Nanooks dismantling Biola State in both days, garnering double-digit wins over the Eagles. The Nanooks were dominant across the board with strong performances from the entire team.
The Nanooks’ sophomore Kate Matthews continues her impressive start to her career in Alaska winning both the 100 yard breaststroke and the 200 yard intermediate. She won four events in total. She also had a hand in the Nanooks beating out the Eagles in the 200 yard freestyle relay.
In the first match, the Nanooks won 126-97 and the second match was 119.5-83.5. Throughout the two matches, Katie Stark and Kate Matthews both won in events.
The impressive stat was the Nanooks winning seven of the 12 events.
“It feels pretty good to pick up a pair of wins this weekend. I expected us to look strong and have a little more speed than we did two weeks ago and still exhibit a high level of fitness, and that’s exactly what happened. We had a few swimmers hit lifetime best and I’m sure some of the girls will be nationally-ranked going into next week, so we are right where we should be,” said Coach Scott Lemley on Saturday.