Category: Sports

February 20, 2017 Brenda Craig
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Photo credit: Jules Hannah

To some, roller skating around in circles and hitting people is not their idea of fun. For Nicole Sola, better known as ‘Supernova’ on the track, wouldn’t have it any other way. Sola is an electrical engineering major at UAA and member of the Rage City Rollergirls derby team on her off time. Although there is a lot of skating and hitting involved in roller derby, there is much more to this underground sport than meets the eye.

Being a fan of competitive sports and not having many options after high school influenced Sola to try something new. She had an interest in roller derby in the past, which sparked her interest and being participating in the fall of 2014.

“I was scared because I don’t like meeting new people either, I was just at a time in my life that I really want to make new friends, meet new people and wanted to try something new. I literally just bought my gear and showed up,” Sola said.

Sola has been a part of the roller derby community since then and attends practice at least three times a week. Shen has played in many tournaments in Alaska. Being in the roller derby scene has fulfilled Sola in her playful competitive needs while creating new friendships.

“Being a part of this team means that I can be competitive, play a sport that I really love with people who have become like a family, and continually learn new strategies,” Sola said. “I have people that rely on me but I also rely on them, on and off the track, it is always so much fun.”

While roller derby is a contact sport, there are many rules and strategies to the game. Besides the skating and hitting, the actual point in roller derby is to score points by passing the opposite team. Sola explains that there are five members of the team at a time that consists of four ‘blockers’ and a ‘jammer.’ The jammer is the person who scores the points by making her way through the other team’s blockers, which are known as a ‘pack.’ On the other hand, the blocker’s job is to block the other team’s jammer to keep her from scoring any points by not letting her past.

However, one of the blockers is also known as a ‘pivot’ and she has the power of becoming the jammer if the jammer is too tired or needs help. There are many other rules that come with roller derby but the basic idea is to score points by passing the other team a numerous amount of times. Sola plays the blocker position that is able to become the jammer when needed.

One major point that pops up when roller derby is mentioned are the safety concerns. Like many other contact sports such as football, hockey and soccer, injuries can happen at any time.

“A lot of people are like, ‘Oh, well, can’t you get hurt?’ and I say, ‘Well yeah, but you can get hurt in any sport,’” Sola said.

Aware of the safety concerns, the Women’s Flat Track Derby Association (WFTDA) provides specific regulations to prevent hazards from happening. According to the Rage City Rollergirls website, “Each skater in our league must meet the WFTDA minimum skill requirements, including basic skating skills, falls, balance/agility, skating with others, blocking and knowledge of rules.” Safety gear such as helmets, elbow pads, kneepads, wrist guards and mouth guards are required.

Even though Sola has only been in the roller derby league for three years, it has become a part of who she and exposes her to new people every day.

“Roller derby has become a big part of my life I have met so many amazing people and friends through roller derby,” Sola said. “It is such a great sport. It has become worldwide and it brings people together from so many different walks of life.”

Sola is working towards her electrical engineering major and plans to go to grad school for astrophysics or astro-engineering and hopes to work for NASA in the future while continuing to participate in roller derby in the mean time.

“If that fails, I will just become a pro derby girl, kind of joking. I will play derby until it no longer fits into my schedule or life,” Sola said.

Starting a new hobby or sport can be nerve-wracking when you’ve never done it before. In roller derby, everyone is very supportive in helping individuals looking to join.

“It is super empowering because you’re playing with this group of women who are very supportive and encouraging to you,” Sola said. “I would definitely encourage other people to join derby, or any sport really. So many people think that you have to be a certain shape or size to play a sport, but in derby literally any and all sizes have an advantage. A lot of people on the team had never even played a sport before joining derby.”

Over the last couple of years, roller derby has been impacting Alaska forming over 20 roller derby teams all over the state. The growing amount of individuals intrigued by the sport has lead to bigger derby meets and even greater friendships. If skating around in circles and hitting people is your cup of tea, along with intense strategic plays, team bonding, and most importantly fun, then roller derby might be the sport for you. Learn more about it on the Rage City Rollergirls website at www.racecityrollergirls.org.

February 20, 2017 Lauren Cuddihy
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Madeline Arbuckle preforms her floor routine in a meet against UC Davis at the Alaska Airlines Center. Photo credit: Skip Hickey

Already five meets into the season before the UC Davis meet, the Seawolves have received variable results from week to week, but the gymnasts, including junior Kendra Daniels, can barely keep up with the quick season.

“It has flown by. Pre-season felt like it was dragging on and the team was ready to compete, it’s hard to think we only have a couple more meets and then it’s over,” Daniels said.

The began with a rocky start in the Northeast in early January with two back to back losses in the Virginia opener and Maryland quad meet, neither time breaking a score of 188 when their goal is always 190.

However, soon after, things started looking positive in the mid-season for the Seawolves. Although neither meet produced a score of 190, the gymnasts secured two wins with their home field advantage. Wisconsin-Stout joined the Seawolves at the Alaska Airlines Center for two separate meets that allowed the gymnasts to score the previous season high score of 189.350.

Not long after, the team performed the current season high score of 190.900, finally bypassing the 190 barrier — In Sacramento against the Hornets. Although it was a season high, the meet still resulted in a loss behind Sacramento’s 194.900.

Although they pulled off what they wanted, head coach Paul Stoklos reflected that it wasn’t under the best circumstances.

“We had our season high score and we walked away from that really quite happy because we had two of our competitors out of our lineup, one go out with an injury during the event, and one out with the flu right before… but we still pulled it off,” Stoklos said.

These meets lead the Seawolves to the weekend of Feb. 17-19 in Davis, California with a record of two wins and three losses.

Only five meets in and five meets left, the team realized how important these upcoming meets were.

“We are at the halfway point of the season, both time wise and competition wise… but everyone is really stepping up and doing a great job,” said head coach Stoklos.

The meet proved to be rather successful for individual gymnasts but lacked with the overall team score.

Standout junior Madeleine Arbuckle, a Winnipeg local, secured her career-best score of 38.000 all-around with an impressive 9.625 in floor being the highest of all her events.

Arbuckle also boasted a score of 9.500 in uneven bars, just barely edging past her previous season record of 9.425. In addition, her beam score of 9.575 lead her to a three-way tie with senior Brice Mizell and sophomore Kaylin Mancari who shared fifth place in beam.

The only other all-arounder on UAA’s side was junior Morgan Ross. The Reno, NV local just barely fell behind Arbuckle with a final score of 37.625. Securing top UAA performances in vault with a score of 9.625 and in floor with 9.800, putting her at second place in the floor exercise.

Ross wasn’t the only one able to succeed in floor, Daniels — who only began floor in college — was able to pull through for a tie for third with a score of 9.750.

“I had always wanted to do floor, and turned out it was one of my better events in college so being able to help out with that is amazing,” Daniels said.

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Kendra Daniels leaping up in her beam routine during a home meet at the Alaska Airlines Center. Photo credit: Skip Hickey

In addition, the Seawolves produced a season-best team total on uneven bars resulting in a score of 46.975. The uneven bars was led by senior Nicole Larkin, although scoring an impressive 9.700, it only put her at sixth overall, followed by freshman Mackenzie Miller (9.525) and Arbuckle, in eighth and ninth respectively.

Overall, the gymnasts performed exceptionally well as individuals, but it wasn’t enough to surpass UC Davis’ score of 194.900 while the Seawolves fell behind 189.350.

With a second chance to redeem themselves, the Seawolves rematched the Aggies on Sunday, Feb. 19. After returning to Alaska, the gymnasts will have several weeks off before returning to competition at home joined by Centenary College of Louisiana at the Alaska Airlines Center on Mar. 3-5.

“With so many meets in such a short amount of time… we cram it all into a 10-11 period week of time, but i know it every year and warn the athletes every year it’ll be over before [we] know it,” Stoklos said.

Quickly afterwards, the gymnasts head to the Conference Championships when it seemed to be just the beginning of their season.

February 20, 2017 Lauren Cuddihy
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Junior defenseman Tanner Johnson blocks a pass in the Fairbanks games for the Alaska Airlines Governor's Cup in December. Photo credit: Sam Wasson/UAA Athletics

A tradition that has been upheld by the University of Alaska, Anchorage vs. Fairbanks hockey teams will continue for the second time this season, in addition to the first duel the teams had in Fairbanks.

The players and head coach Matt Thomas are looking forward to being back.

“It’s been a while since we have been home… it allowed the players to focus on their academics, but we’re excited to be back,” Thomas said.

The Alaska Airlines Governor’s Cup had been played for years to prove the dominant collegiate Alaska hockey team. Each season, the cup comes down to a total of four games: Two of them played on UAF’s home field and the other two played on UAA’s home at the Sullivan Arena. Their home games have always been some of the best.

“We know it’s about wins right now, but we have to find a way to get them.. they’re coming into our arena and we’re going to make it difficult for anyone who comes in here,” Thomas said.

For the current season, the initial two games were already played in Fairbanks on Dec. 9 and 10. Splitting the current cup standings, one win went to each of the teams.

Dec. 9 was the kick-off of the 2017 Governor’s cup, game one of two gave UAA the beginning advantage with a lead early in the first period, credited to sophomore defensemen Eric Roberts.

The addition of two more points in the second period to give the Seawolves a comfortable lead was secured by senior forward Brad Duwe, assisted by the Renouf twins, Nathan and Jonah, followed by a come-up by senior defensemen Chase Van Allen.

The game was steadily over after that, UAF only managing one point before time ran out.

The cup continued on Dec. 10 with a win to UAF. The Nanooks proved to be a lot more aggressive than the previous night, knocking out 3 points before the Seawolves even came close to the net.

Nearing the end of the third period, the Seawolves didn’t look like they were coming back with a miracle, but junior defensemen Tanner Johnson dropped in for 1 point, that gave the Seawolves a little redemption but not enough to win.

With a current 2016-17 standing of 1-1, the Seawolves and Nanooks get another chance to battle it out. However, over the years, UAF is far into the lead over the Seawolves. During the 2015-16 season, UAA wasn’t able to win a single game over the course of four games. While UAF took three of the wins and the fourth game resulted in a tie.

A year earlier, in the 2014-15 season, the cup was again split. Both the Seawolves and the Nanooks took the win twice each. For a total running score, the Seawolves only have a meager three wins against the six wins that the Nanooks were able to accomplish.

In contrast, the Seawolves have done noticeably better this season compared to others, therefore having a better chance at redeeming themselves. Every since the beginning of the season with budget constraints, the Seawolves have had many obstacles to get over and get to this point.

“This whole season more than any other seasons we have felt a lot more pressure, honestly than any other season,” Thomas said.

With already seven wins on the season this year with several games to go compared to the 11 total all season in 2015-16 and seven total in the 2014-15 season. The Seawolves are on track to win as many, if not more, this year that last year.

Coming into the Governor’s Cup will be the last regular season games for the team, junior Tad Kozun knows how important these games are to the post-season success.

“We really want to make playoffs because we know we can beat the top teams, we have had successful games against them, which has been a huge confidence booster for us,” Kozun said.

The team faces off against UAF for Governor’s Cup glory on Feb. 24 and 25 in the Sullivan Arena at 7:07 pm.

January 16, 2017 Brenda Craig

Being able to maintain balance is what keeps business marketing major Dakota McKenzie sane throughout the fall and spring semesters. Between school and work, McKenzie manages to find time to snowboard and film for video parts.

McKenzie picked up snowboarding around the age of 13 after attending snowboard camp coached by the team manager of Arbor, McKenzie made an effort to get sponsored by Arbor. Several months later, McKenzie began receiving flow merchandise from the company.

Working at a board shop, McKenzie has been intrigued by the way business works and hopes to utilize the business marketing degree that he is currently going to school for.

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McKenzie performing a front 180 switch 5050. Photo credit: Kolben Saetre

“I chose UAA because it was the closest to home and allowed me to work, film and ride as much as possible while pursuing a degree,” McKenzie said. “I hope to tie it into snowboarding or skateboarding someday — whether it’s making my own company or whether I go work in marketing for other companies.”

McKenzie is currently working at Blue & Gold Boardshop, attending UAA and filming for the snowboard and skate video ‘Evoke.’

“It’s pretty much like having three jobs with working, school and filming. It’s overwhelming at times, but putting the work in at the end of the day is definitely worth it,” McKenzie said.

Friends are what inspire McKenzie the most in snowboarding. His friends claim the same about him because of his drive and positive attitude.

“I think Dakota has a gift. He’s a very talented snowboarder and I believe that he is going to go far with it,” Riley Stewman, business marketing major, said. “You can tell that he is very passionate about it, which I feel is a huge part on why he’s so good.”

Jason Borgstede, the owner of Blue & Gold Boardshop, is teaching McKenzie about how to run a business. Although McKenzie has a hectic schedule, he is always able to put that aside and work to his full potential.

“Dakota is destined to leave the shop and do big things,” Borgstede said. “I know the mind of a 20 year old is constantly focused on what’s coming up and where life will take them, but Dakota is able to balance that with taking care of business when he’s in the shop.”

Juggling work, school and snowboarding can be overwhelming at times, but McKenzie stresses the importance of finding a balance between these priorities and the benefits of achieving someone’s goals.

“I think it’s important to remember what you’re working towards and the good times that are to be had once the hard work is done,” McKenzie said.

Students attend UAA for different reasons and goals they hope to achieve in the future. Like McKenzie, many students face the struggle of balance between work, school and recreation, and continue to work hard through busy times.

November 21, 2016 Lauren Cuddihy

Closing in on the end of their outrageously successfully season, the Seawolves played two different games in Washington on Thursday, Nov. 17 and Saturday, Nov. 19. These games secured the Great Northwest Athletic title that the Seawolves attained, but also elevated them two spots in the Division II standings to No. 9, as well as continuing to hold their position as No. 1 in the NCAA West Regional rankings.

Before coming into this weekend, UAA knew that they wanted to win the title outright and not just share it, “there’s definitely pressure but we’ve been working hard, we work day in and day out but we trust what our coaches have taught us and we will work off that,” sophomore outside hitter Leah Swiss said.

Thursday, Nov. 17 vs. Seattle Pacific University

Although the Seawolves came through with a 3-0 overall win, it wasn’t a necessarily easy game. UAA started the game with a quick lead in set one, contributing early on was senior setter Morgan Hooe with quick assists to initiate a strong offense. Furnishing a strong start to the game senior middle blocker Erin Braun stepped in on Hooe’s assists to help rack in the points. Finalizing their first win of the night, the Seawolves ended things up at 25-21.

To the Seawolves disadvantage, SPU slowly caught up while UAA was almost to set point. In the angst of the set closing in, the Seawolves struggled to keep their offense up which resulted in several errors. In a further disadvantage, SPU gained their two errors to tie the game up at 22-22.

After more toggling between the lead, Swiss stepped up to the net for a kill that brought the Seawolves up to set point. To final off their win, duo of Hooe and Braun got in a block that won the set at 28-26. Holding onto their senior and leader status was recognizable by head coach Chris Green

“Morgan and Erin were both spectacular tonight,” Green said.

In attempt to get in the winning set of the night, UAA and SPU stepped back onto the court for set three. With a minor scare half way through the set, the Seawolves were put temporarily behind. After a quick turnaround, UAA struck up a six point streak until a final kill from freshman Vanessa Hayes won the set and the game.

Final of 3-0 (25-21, 28-26, 25-21) won the game for the Seawolves. With this win, the Seawolves official extended a new program record with a total of 28 wins, passing last years 27. In addition, Braun passed 400 block assists and became the first person in the program to ever do so.

Saturday, Nov. 19 vs. Saint Martin’s

Following seven straight wins, the Seawolves remained in Washington to take on rival Saint Martin’s. UAA continues with their 19-1 conference record and with Saint Martin’s 2-18 record, this match was expected to be quick, which was seen in set one.

With the final score resulting in a complete blowout for the Seawolves, their lead excelled early and gave Saint Martin’s and initial eight-point deficit. With Hooe and middle blocker Diana Fa’amausili pairing up early, the duo quickly paired off assists with kills one after another until Saint Martin’s was left far behind.

Closing in on the end of the set, Taylor Noga stepped up to the line to get four successful serves in before Chrisalyn Johnson put in a kill for the set-winning point at 25-12.

With a change of pace, Saint Martin’s put UAA up to the test for the second set. Halfway through the set and Saint Martin’s even surpassed the Seawolves due to their offensive errors putting them in a five-point deficit. Slowly pulling back up, the scores tied at 21-21.

Several rallies continued until the usual 25 point win was surpassed and the game was tied up until 27-27. A kill by Fa’amausili gave the Seawolves the win they needed at 29-27.

Looking to final off the night, UAA and Saint Martin’s stepped up to set three, that resulted in almost a complete replicate of set one. Kyla Militante-Amper stepping in early to start the lead off with four successful serves. Soon, the Seawolves put them into a 5 point deficit. A final four serves from Militante-Amper and a kill from Fa’amausili gave UAA the win at 25-16.

With several strong weekends under their belt, the Seawolves have a new goal approaching: NCAA West Regionals. Head Coach Green looks ahead and plans for that.

“We are working hard not to have a let down as the West Regional approaches. We have a lot of work to do, and hopefully the girls realize that,” Green said.

NCAA West Regional Championships will be held Dec. 1 – Dec. 3.

November 6, 2016 Lauren Cuddihy

To start the weekend off, the UAA women’s volleyball traveled down to the state of Oregon to compete against two different schools. With a new streak of 4 wins, the Seawolves hold steady in their No. 1 Great Northwest Athletic Conference seeding, as well as their No. 11 Division II rank. With the season soon coming to an end in approximately a month, they Seawolves are showing off their strength and teamwork with two back-to-back wins.

UAA last competed against Concordia and Western Oregon a month ago at the Alaska Airlines Center where UAA won both games 3-0, but to change things up for these games, the Seawolves were hosted as the ‘away’ team on Oregon court.

Although beaten by UAA, Concordia boasts a 8-6 conference record, holding the No. 6 seed, but only No. 25 in Division II. On the other hand, Western Oregon stands at No. 8 with only a 5-9 conference rank.

Friday, Nov. 4 – Concordia in Portland, OR

To kick off the back-to-back games, the Seawolves debuted their weekend in Portland taking on Concordia.

Cutting it close in the beginning of the game, the Seawolves allowed not only set one, but also set two to go into overtime before capping off the two point win rule. The Seawolves, including sophomore outside hitter Chrisalyn Johnson, knew they would be in trouble in they didn’t do anything, “our game against Concordia, started out a little rough. We knew we had to eliminate our serving, hitting, and passing errors in order to win,” she said.

In set one, the Seawolves managed to get by with almost as many attack errors as they had kills, resulting in 10 and 13, respectively. Concordia was a decent amount behind until half way through the set, when they quickly caught up and even passed UAA’s lead temporarily.

Rounding up towards the end of the set, the power duo of setter Morgan Hooe and middle blocker Diana Fa’amausili stepped up to lead the Seawolves in for the win. With an assist from Hooe, Fa’amausili brought in a kill that allowed the Seawolves to get a win at 26-24.

The second set ran a bit more smoothly than the first. More kills, blocks, digs and less errors. Unfortunately, Concordia was on the same page and kicked their offense into high gear. With an immediate lead from CU, the Seawolves were already five points behind halfway through the set.

Slowly but surely, the Seawolves pulled ahead, with credit to middle blocker Erin Braun blocking the net left to right. CU barely reaching set point by the time UAA was right there. In an impressive comeback, the Seawolves pushed into overtime to let Hooe set Johnson the ball for the set-winning point at 29-27.

Heading into the third — and what could be the final set of the night — the Seawolves discovered early on that they were in for a challenge. Although UAA held the lead for the majority of the set, Concordia prospered to hand the Seawolves their first loss of the night. While UAA managed 14 kills with only 7 attack errors, CU beat them with a total of 16 kills and only 3 attack errors, prompting a score of 23-25.

In order to redeem themselves, the Seawolves pulled in an immediate lead, by nearly 8 points in a short amount of time. With help from Kyla Militante-Amper’s initial four serve streak, the Seawolves got back in the game.

Hooe and Johnson teamed up in the remaining of the set to pull the offense together. Several assists and kills later from the duo, UAA found themselves at set point. Militante-Amper stepped up the line to serve again, with a final service ace, the Seawolves won the set 25-17, and the game at 3-1.

Saturday, Nov. 5 – Western Oregon in Monmouth, OR

To finish up the weekend after their previous win, the Seawolves headed to Monmouth to compete against Western Oregon.

In a rather quick game, the Seawolves prospered in their second win for the weekend at 3-0. To continue their recently cut streak, UAA continued their new streak with this now fourth win in a row.

Although set one ended with WOU earning a higher average of attacks and kills that UAA, the Seawolves actually gained more points off of them due to their attack errors, letting set one end quickly at 25-21. The Seawolves realized they had to correct the weaknesses they suffered from the previous night.

“Our coach believes passing and serving wins games because offense will follow,” Johnson said.

It wasn’t until set two that the Seawolves experienced a turn around in their offensive line, although they started out slow with WOU topping their scores off every couple points, the Seawolves went out with a bang. Incorporated in this strong offensive turn around included a majority of them, 7 Seawolves being able to step up for a kill.

Stepping up to set three, UAA knew they could make it the last one for the night. Just like Johnson said, the team needed to be more consistent with their passing and serving, with that they were already on the right path for set three.

The Seawolves started strong and got a significant lead, but halfway through they slowed down, WOU caught up. In the closest set of the night, UAA found themselves at 25 points, with Western Oregon only one point behind.

With nerves on edge, it wasn’t known if WOU would overtake them and kill everything they earned in the first two sets, but that was quickly dismissed when UAA got their set and game-winning point on Western Oregon’s attack error, ending the set at 26-24.

After two back to back games, the Seawolves added two more wins to their streak. Winning against Concordia 3-1 (26-24, 29-27, 23-25, 25-17) and Western Oregon 3-0 (25-21, 25-19, 26-24).

November 6, 2016 Brenda Craig

Ski resorts are limited in the Anchorage area resulting in boredom for many experienced ski and snowboarders. Going to the same resorts repeatedly loses excitement and even motivation to go out and hit the slopes. An option that can help keep that passion would be to find new places to ride. If you don’t mind driving 45 minutes out to Girdwood for Alyeska, an hour-long drive and a little hiking can take you to new exciting places and give you more possibilities.

Flattop is known for its hiking trails in the summer time and Alaska’s most visited peak. This is located in town and is familiar to most who have hiked it, especially during the summer. During the winter, you can hike it the same way, with skis or snowboard and ride down the face, which contains the best snow. There are also the peaks behind flattop that is available to be trekked up and ride. This would be a good place for beginners to advanced ski or snowboarders to go if not a resort.

Hatcher’s Pass is located in Palmer in the Talkeetna mountains about an hour and a half outside of Anchorage. There are many different activities that can take place at Hatcher’s throughout the whole year, but what most look forward to is the backcountry skiing and snowboarding. Hatcher’s Pass hosts one of the best snow conditions in the state, usually starting in November. According to the Division of Parks and Outdoor Recreation web page, “The High Glacier Peaks area north of Reed Lakes provides hearty backcountry traverses amongst the mountains and glaciers.” If you explore far enough, there are mountain huts that are open to the public. They warn only experienced skiers and climbers attempt to reach huts because it’s a several day trip with no designated trails. For more information on how to plan a trip to stay in these huts, the Alaska Mountaineering Club is willing to help.

Turnagain and Summit Pass is located in the Kenai mountains about half an hour past Girdwood. This is a great place to go after riding Alyeska and are looking for more of an adventure. Again, these backcountry areas are for advanced ski and snowboarders. Turnagain Pass has steep mountains similar to backcountry areas in Valdez, Alaska, because of the oceanic climate with deep and stable snowpack. After an hour of hiking, you will reach untracked snow and ready to shred. This is considered one of the best roadside backcountry areas in Alaska.

These are three places that have difference levels of expertise that don’t involve spending money on a lift ticket while also being able to venture out to a new spot. They do require a bit of hiking to be done, but is ultimately worth it. If you are looking for a new area to ski or snowboard, these can be an option for you. Before heading out to more of the advanced places such as Hatcher’s Pass and Turnagain Pass, check online about daily weather conditions and avalanche warnings. There are also free classes provided about avalanche safety and gear by many organizations such as Alaska Avalanche Information Center, Alaska Avalanche School and Chugach National Forest Avalanche Information Center.

October 30, 2016 Jordan Rodenberger

On a day that will be remembered for the waiver request of both men’s and women’s skiing and indoor track, UAA volleyball had to block out any empathy or distractions and focus on hosting Montana State-Billings (4-19, 2-11).

Assorted athletes gathered at the game with supportive signs for their classmates and fellow student-athletes.

The Seawolves (23-2, 13-1) gave everyone something to cheer about. This may have been UAA’s most complete game front-to-back, as they sailed to 25-16, 25-11, 25-12 sweep over the Yellowjackets.

Thanks to clean executing throughout all three sets, the 11th-ranked Seawolves finished with a season-high .376 hitting percentage compared to MSUB’s .053.

Sophomore Chrisalyn Johnson set the tone with her sixth straight double-double, piling up 13 kills with 11 digs while also chipping in two aces and three block assists. Diana Fa’amausili added eight kills, Leah Swiss punched in seven, and Morgan Hooe and Erin Braun had six each.

Braun won her 92nd game in green and gold, tied for the most in school history with Jen Szcerbinski.

UAA has had the upper-hand on Billings in their last 14 meetings, dating back to 2009.

The Seawolves look to take advantage of some much-needed rest. They have just concluded four home games in seven days and will recoup for eight days before heading to Oregon to take on Concordia (12-8, 8-4) and Western Oregon (8-12, 5-8).

October 30, 2016 Brenda Craig

Every year there is new technology forming within the snowboard community. The latest trend in the board sport world is splitboarding. Splitboarding has slowly made its way to Alaska and has rapidly spiked interest in the last couple years. With low snow seasons, snowboarders have been looking for another solution to be able to once…