Volleyball beats Western Oregon Wolves, Hockey wins first game of the season

Kurtis Gosney/ Sun Star Reporter
Oct. 8, 2013

Junior middle blocker and Business Administration student Morgan McGrath prepares to serve to the against the Saint Martin's University Saints on Thursday, Oct. 3. Kurtis Gosney/ Sun Star Reporter

Junior middle blocker and Business Administration student Morgan McGrath prepares to serve to the Saint Martin’s University Saints on Thursday, Oct. 3. Kurtis Gosney/Sun Star

Women’s Volleyball

The UAF Women’s Volleyball team played two games at the Patty Center last weekcontinuing the Great Northwest Athletic Conference season. The Nanooks played against the Saint Martin’s University Saints on Thursday, Oct. 3 and the Western Oregon University Wolves on Saturday, Oct. 5.

The Nanooks lost their game on Thursday in three sets to the Saints. The largest lead for Saint Martin’s in the first set was 12 when the score was 24-12. Despite the Nanooks scoring the next three points, the Saints won the set, 25-15, due to an error by senior outside hitter and Business Administration student Keri Knight.

The Nanooks had an early 4-1 lead in the second, but that lead didn’t last long as the Saints eventually tied the set at 6-6. The Saints won the set, 26-24.

Saint Martin’s won the third set, 25-22, earning themselves the match win against the Nanooks. Knight finished with 12 kills to lead the Nanooks and junior outside hitter and Business Administration student Britt Glaeser had a career-high 11 kills. Freshman setter and Nutrition student Katelyn Camp finished with 26 assists.

The Nanooks won their game against Western Oregon in four sets on Saturday. The Wolves had an early 9-5 lead in the first set. The Nanooks then scored five out of the next six points to tie the set at 10-10. After gaining the lead at 11-10, The Nanooks slowly started to pull away from the Wolves eventually going on to win the set 25-19.

UAF scored the first five points of the second set due to a service error by the Wolves and four straight aces by sophomore defensive specialist and Emergency Management student Jordan Ferland. Aces happen when a player serves the ball over the net and nobody on the other team touches the ball before it hits the ground. The Nanooks won the set 25-19 without ever losing the lead. Western Oregon managed to slow down the Nanooks a little as the Wolves won a close third set, 25-22.

The Nanooks, however, won the fourth set 25-21 earning the 3-1 match win. Sophomore outside hitter and Art student Sam Harthun finished with a game-high 17 kills, Knight added 14, and Ferland had five aces. Camp finished with a game-high 37 assists.

Next Saturday, Oct. 12 the Nanooks will host cross-state rival the University of Alaska Anchorage Seawolves at the Patty Center at 7 p.m.

Men’s Hockey

Senior center and Business Adminstration Student Cody Kunyk face off against against a University of British Columbia player on Saturday, Oct. 5. Kurtis Gosney/ Sun Star

Senior center and Business Adminstration Student Cody Kunyk face off against against a University of British Columbia player on Saturday, Oct. 5. Kurtis Gosney/ Sun Star

The UAF Men’s Hockey team played in its first game at the Carlson Center on Saturday, Oct. 5 against the University of British Columbia Thunderbirds. The Nanooks won the game, 8-1.

Junior defense man and Mechanical Engineering student Trevor Campbell scored the first goal only a minute and a half into the first period, followed by right wingman and freshman Mechanical Engineering student Marcus Basara, who scored the second goal 20 seconds later.

The Nanooks scored three more goals in the second period courtesy of sophomore right wingman and Business Administration student Nolan Huysmans, freshman left wingman and General Studies student Josh Erickson and senior center and Business Administration student Cody Kunyk.

Team captain, senior left wingman and Business Administration student Colten Beck scored the first goal of the third period in only 19 seconds followed by Kunyk’s second goal shortly after. British Columbia had one moment of excitement, sophomore defenseman and Arts student Kevin Smith scoring a goal for the Thunderbirds. Freshman left wingman and Business Administration student Brandon Morley, however, scored the Nanooks’ eighth and final goal of the game with about two minutes left in the game.

Freshman goalie and General Studies student Davis Jones finished the game with 14 saves to lead the Nanooks.

Next week, the Nanooks will play in the Kendall Hockey Classic in Anchorage. The first game will be on Friday, Oct. 11 at 5 p.m. and the second game will be on Saturday, Oct. 12 at 4 p.m.

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