Women’s Volleyball falls; Cross-country men and women get second and third respectively

Kurtis Gosney/Sun Star Reporter
Sept. 10, 2013

Volleyball

Sophomore outside hitter Justice student Ixchelle Oleson makes late entry into the game against Humboldt State. She is coming off a torn ACL from early 2012 in which she’s had two surgeries to repair. The latest surgery came this past summer. Kurtis Gosney/Sun Star

Sophomore outside hitter Justice student Ixchelle Oleson makes late entry into the game against Humboldt State. She is coming off a torn ACL from early 2012 in which she’s had two surgeries to repair. The latest surgery came this past summer. Kurtis Gosney/Sun Star

The Nanooks opened up their home game this week in the annual Flint Hills Resources Nanook Classic. This tournament featured three other teams: The Colorado Christian University Cougars, the Fresno Pacific Sunbirds and the Humboldt State University Lumberjacks.

Theri first match in the tournament was on Friday, Sept. 6, against the Lumberjacks. The Nanooks won the first set, 30-28. Humboldt won the next three sets to give them the victory, 3 sets to 1.

One surprise from this game was the appearance of outside hitter Ixchelle Oleson, who has been out since the 2012-2013 season with a torn ACL and was not expected to play this season. Sophomore outside hitter Sam Harthun, finished the game with 11 kills to lead the Nanooks and freshman Katelyn Camp had the most assists on the team with 26.

The second game of the tournament for UAF took place at 1 p.m. on Saturday against the Cougars. This game started similar to that of Friday’s game as the Nanooks won the first set, 25-18. CCU, however, won the next three sets to earn the victory 3-1.

Harthun continued to lead the Nanooks in kills with 12 and Camp had 39 assists.

The Nanooks then got swept, 3-0, against Fresno Pacific who were ranked 12th in the entire country before the tournament started. This was not only the final game of the tournament for UAF, and the final game of the entire tournament. Senior outside hitter Keri Knight led the team with 12 kills, Camp with 26 assists.

Cross Country Running

The Nanook Men’s and Women’s cross-country teams opened the fall 2013 season on the West Ridge trails at UAF. They competed in the annual Alaska Cross-country Invitational against fellow Great Northwest Athletic Conference members, the Seattle Pacific University Falcons and Montana State University Billings Yellowjackets. Events for both teams took place on Thursday, Sept. 5 and Saturday, Sept. 7.

The Men’s team finished second overall in the 8-kilometer race on Thursday behind Billings and ahead of the Falcons. Two of Alaska’s runners finished in the top 10 individually out of 19 total runners. Keegan Ranking, freshman and Geological Engineering student, captured the 8th spot while sophomore Foreign Language student Ross MacDougall came in ninth.

The Nanooks tied Seattle Pacific for second in the 4-kilometer race on Saturday behind the Yellowjackets. UAF had two more of its runners finish in the top 10 sophomore Engineering student Isaac Lammers finished in 6th place while fellow sophomore Business Administration student Max Olex claimed the 10th spot.

The women’s team did not fair quite as well as the men on Thursday as They finished last behind Montana State Billings and Seattle Pacific in the 6k race. Three of Alaska’s runners finished in the top 10 out of 17 total runners. Freshman Kali Striker finished in 6th, fellow freshman Dorothy O’Donnell came in right behind Striker for 7th, and another freshman Maddy Pfeifer claimed the 9th spot.

Saturday’s 4K race did not see much improvement as UAF came in last once again and only two runners finished in the top 10. Freshman Hannah Stevens grabbed 6th place while another freshman Elementary Education student Nicole Bathe came in 8th.

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