Nanooks nip Seawolves
It was just about as close as they come.
For the fourth straight year in a row, the UAA volleyball team went a full five games against their instate rivals, Alaska Fairbanks. This time the Sewaolves fell 30-24, 31-33, 27-30, 31-29, 16-14 at the Patty Center Oct. 9.
The Nanooks have won three of those four games and seven of their last eight against the Seawolves in Fairbanks .
The stat sheet was packed for the Seawolves (9-8, 3-6 GNAC) who got a career-high 19 kills from Jenny Mitchell as Michelle Boeckman and Carolyn DeKay had 15 each. Freshman setter Bethan Murphy had 66 assists in her first career start and Rachel Knecht added 31 digs. Both were season highs for the team.
Meanwhile UAF got huge games from Danielle Hitzeman and Mallary Bergstrom. Hitzeman had 28 kills and 22 digs while Bergstrom pitched in 26 kills and 22 digs.
UAA will continue their Great Northwest Athletic conference schedule Oct. 15 and 16 against Seattle University and Northwest Nazarene at the Wells Fargo Sports Complex.
Cross country running
UAA cross country looks solid at Pre-Regional Meet
In two weeks, the most important race of the season comes up for the men and women on UAA’s cross country team: the NCAA West Regionals in Bellingham , Wash.
The race Oct. 9 previewed that race on the Lake Padden course. But it wasn’t much of a preview of how UAA will actually do.
The men brought only three runners and the women left top runner Kamie Jo Massey home so they rest up for Regionals and the Great Northwest Athletic Conference Championships.
Mandy Kaempf and Aaron Dickson both finished ninth for the women’s and men’s portion, respectively. Kaempf ran the 6-kilometer course in exactly 24 minutes, a little more than two minutes behind winner Karen Dickson of Seattle Pacific. Dickson ran the 10K in 34:02 behind overall winner Brian Kostock from Humboldt St . The women finished fifth as a team. The men did not have enough runners to qualify.
The other two runners for the men, Drew Dickson and Andrew Richie, raced into 28th and 59th place each.
Davya Baker rolled in second at 24:31. Nicole DeYong and Danielle Pratt finished 22nd and 23rd followed by Jenn Grover, Sarah Hansen and Kaley Strachan.
The Seawolves will take next week off before heading to the GNAC championships in Arcata , Calif. Oct. 9.