Sports recap: Nanook volleyball falls short and hockey skates into new season

Few of the UAF Hockey team members stop for a water break during their first practice of the season at UAF. Sept. 17th, 2012. Lauren Fisher/ Sun Star

Lauren Fisher/Sun Star Reporter
September 25, 2012

Nanook volleyball comes up short against Central Washington

On Saturday, Sept. 15, the UAF Nanooks  Women’s volleyball team played against the Central Washington Wildcats in the Patty Center.  The Nanooks did not win.  Although they had the lead in the beginning of the first and third sets, they were not able to hold on to it.  Central Washington took all three of the sets played, winning 25-23, 25-19, and 25-23.

The Nanooks lost possession three times due to service errors, serves which did not land within bounds on the opponents side,  in the first set.  Second set, there were another three service errors.  In the third set, the Nanooks doubled their total service errors.

“We tried moving people to get a better rotation, but not enough,”  said Head Coach Phil Shoemaker.  “We’re growing up as a team, and we’re certainly anxious to grow up a little bit faster.”  He also said that this was the best job the ladies have done in blocking this season.

Sam Harthun, UAF’s second best scorer for the game, said that the Wildcats were more consistent throughout all three games,” and that “we let things happen instead of going out and doing it.”

Keri Knight was the top scorer on the Alaska team, earning a total of 19 points.  “I was going to go out and be the aggressor” Knight said.  When asked to comment on her kills, Kerrie recognized the help her team gave her that allowed her to score.  Katlyn Mataya had a total of 35 assists throughout the three sets.

The Nanook’s women’s volleyball team is currently traveling.  They played Saint Martin’s in Lacey, Washington on Thursday, Sept. 20, and Western Oregon in Monmouth, Oregon on Sept. 22.

First Day of Hockey Practice

The University of Alaska’s Men’s Ice Hockey Team had their first practice on Monday, Sept. 17.  “Everyone’s really into it the first day,” said Andy Taranto, a senior on the team.  Several of the players stayed after practice to work for a little bit longer.

Garrick Perry, a sophomore, said “the first practice is always a tough one.”  His goal for the season is to focus on the simple things.

The players said that they have started with high intensity.  The first game they will be playing is a Blue vs. Gold scrimmage at the Patty Center on Sept. 29 at 7 p.m.

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