2013-14 Athletic Season Review

Compiled by Travis Dowling Courtesy of UAA Sports Information

The 2013-14 Alaska Anchorage women’s basketball team earned a 19-9 record and qualified for the program’s seventh NCAA Tournament in the past eight seasons, while tying for third in the Great Northwest Athletic Conference with a 12-6 league mark. The Seawolves led the nation with 14.3 steals per game and paced the GNAC in seven categories, including scoring offense with 79.6 points per game. Big victories included a double-OT win over Div. I UC Riverside, season sweeps of Seattle Pacific and Alaska Fairbanks, and home wins over fellow NCAA qualifiers Saint Leo, Western Washington, MSU Billings and Simon Fraser. Individually, Senior, Forward Kylie Burns and Freshman, Point Guard, Kiki Robertson both earned All-GNAC 2nd Team honors.

The Alaska Anchorage men’s basketball team earned the program’s ninth straight winning season, posting a 17-13 overall record in 2013-14. The
Seawolves broke 25 school records and 14 Great Northwest Athletic Conference records, while leading the nation in best assist-turnover ratio and fewest turnovers per game. Individually, Junior, Guard, Travis Thompson was a First Team All-GNAC selection, while Junior, Guard/Forward, Teancum Stafford earned Second Team Academic All-America honors.

The Alaska Anchorage men’s and women’s ski team concluded the 2014 season with their 34th all-time showing at the NCAA Championships, where they furnished five All-America honors and finished eighth as a team. The Seawolves who were led by Seniors Lukas Ebner and Niko Harmanen, with two All-America awards apiece. Ebner was also named RMISA’s Nordic MVP and was a RMISA First-Team honoree. Picking up RMISA First-Team honors on the women’s side was Marine Dusser. Combined, the Seawolves furnished 33 individual top-10 performances this season and finished a season-high fourth at the Utah Invite in January.

Alaska Anchorage’s historic hockey season came to an end when the nationally ranked Ferris State Bulldogs edged the Seawolves in the Western Collegiate Hockey Association Final Five Semifinal at the Van Andel Arena. The Seawolves concluded the slate with an 18-16-4 record – the program’s best since joining the WCHA – and their first winning season since 1992-93. UAA says goodbye to five seniors that guided the team to its successful campaign – Matt Bailey, Rob Gunderson, Chris Kamal, Jordan Kwas and Quinn Sproule.

The Alaska Anchorage volleyball team earned its fourth NCAA Tournament bid in the past five seasons and extended the program record with its sixth straight winning season, finishing 21-10 overall in 2013. The Seawolves went 15-3 in the Great Northwest Athletic Conference to place runner-up by just one match, while marking their fifth consecutive winning record and top-4 league finish. UAA also set program records with its 9-0 GNAC road record and 9-0 in the league campaign. Individually, Sophmore, Outside Hitter, Katelynn Zanders earned AVCA 2nd Team All-America and unanimous All-GNAC honors, while Sophmore, Right Side, Julia Mackey was also an all-league performer. The Seawolves also did well in the major GNAC awards, earning the co-Coach of the Year (Chris Green), Newcomer of the Year (Quinn Barker) and Freshman of the Year (Erin Braun).

The Alaska Anchorage men’s and women’s cross country teams concluded the 2013 season with their sixth straight combined appearance at the NCAAs in November. The women’s team came away with a program-best fourth-place result in their eighth all-time NCAA showing, while the men’s team took seventh in their 10th all-time participation. Prior to the NCAA championship, the women’s team were undefeated, winning the NCAA Div. II West Region Championships and claiming their fifth straight Great Northwest Athletic Conference title, while taking first in three regular season meets. The Seawolves also took the GNAC title on the men’s side, while winning all three regular season meets and finishing second at West Regional. The Seawolves were led individually by the West Region and the GNAC Runner of the Year, Susan Tanui, Senior, who defended her region title, head coach Michael Friess also came away with West Region and GNAC Female Coach of the Year honors, combined, UAA furnished five All-Americans, seven All-West Region performers and six GNAC All-Conference awards.