Women's volleyball wins first game of the year

Kurtis Gosney/ Sun Star Reporter
Sept. 17, 2013

Women’s volleyball

Volleyball Earns First Win of Season with 3-0 Sweep of NDNU. Photo by Paul McCarthy, courtesy of Alaska Nanooks.

Volleyball Earns First Win of Season with 3-0 Sweep of NDNU. Photo by Paul McCarthy, courtesy of Alaska Nanooks.

The UAF Women’s Volleyball team traveled to Hayward, California where they played four games in two days for the second annual Route 92 Showdown tournament. The team played against the University of Cal State East Bay Pioneers, Academy of Art University Urban Knights, Cal State Los Angeles Golden Eagles and Notre Dame de Namur University Argonauts. The tournament took place on Friday and Saturday, Sept.13-14.

The Pioneers beat the Nanooks in three sets in the first game of the weekend. Sophomore outside hitter and art student Sam Harthun led UAF in kills with 13 and freshman setter and nutrition student Katelyn Camp had the most assists with 21.

UAF lost the second game of the day on Friday in three sets against the Urban Knights. Harthun had a season-high 17 kills and Camp added 24 assists.

The third game of the tournament was on Saturday against the Golden Eagles. Cal State L.A. took the first set, 25-20, but UAF won the second set, 25-19, to tie the game at 1-1. The Golden Eagles, went on the win the next two sets 25-12 and 25-15 to earn the victory. Harthun and senior outside hitter and Business Administration student Keri Knight both had 13 kills to lead the Nanooks and Camp had 32 assists.

The fourth and final game of the weekend for Alaska took place on Saturday against Notre Dame de Namur. The Nanooks won their first game of the season in three sets against the Argonauts.

The Nanooks won the first set 27-25, but the turning point of the game came at the midway point in the second set when the Argonauts took a 14-6 lead. UAF slowly fought back and eventually tied the set at 19, then took the lead at 20-19. They would go on to win the second set, 25-22. Notre Dame de Namur almost returned the favor in the final set. The Nanooks took a 15-8 lead just to see the Argonauts come back and tie the set at 17-17. That would be the end of the Argonauts’ comeback effort as Keri Knight got a kill to give UAF the lead again. Alaska went on the win the set, 25-22, earning themselves the win. Harthun had another season-high in kills with 19, Knight contributed 10 kills, and Camp had 30 assists. This was the first win of the season for the Women’s Volleyball team, and the first win for head coach Mallory Larranaga. UAF has now improved their record to 1-10 on the season.

Cross-country running

The UAF men’s and women’s cross-country running team traveled to Hawaii on Saturday, Sept. 14 to compete in the Big Wave Invitational.

The men’s team finished third overall in the five-kilometer race, out of five teams total behind the Brigham Young University-Hawaii Seasiders and Hawaii Pacific University Sea Warriors, but ahead of the George Fox University Bruins and Chaminade University Silverswords. Freshman Petroleum Engineering student Mitch Burgess had the best finish for the Nanooks, coming in ninth place.

The women’s team also finished third, competing against six other teams. The Nanooks finished behind BYU-Hawaii and Hawaii Pacific and ahead of George Fox, the University of Hawaii-Hilo Vulcans and Chaminade. Freshman Elementary Education student Dorothy O’Donnell had the best finish for UAF placing ninth.

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