Seawolves defend number one spot with Saints and Wildcats out for revenge

Ricky Teel
Ricky Teel

The closer things get to the end, the more we begin to think about what has passed. Like the bright light at the end of the tunnel or an old pro talking about the glory days. With seven games left in the season, the Seawolves have quite a bit to reflect on.

Unlike last year, the Seawolves have found themselves able to overcome their in-state rival UAF Nanooks.

In 2008, the Seawolves suffered a loss to UAF two sets to three in both encounters.

UAA journeyed north to UAF on Oct. 10 where, coming into the game, they knew they were a better team than last year, and they proved it, winning the first three sets, 25-21.

“This win helped to erase the heartbreaking loss to UAF last year,” said Head Coach Chris Green.

Even though this win meant a lot to the players, the coaches and fans in Anchorage, it still has not given UAA the standing they so fervently seek. After the UAF game, UAA stood at second place in the conference, behind Seattle Pacific University.
On Oct. 15 the Seawolves traveled to SPU to face them in a battle for the number one spot in the conference. UAA dominated the Falcons and swept them 25-17, 25-20 and 25-17. This huge win tied UAA with SPU where they share the number one spot in the GNAC.

With Seattle Pacific and Northwest Nazarene behind them for now, a revenge match
approaches. On Sept. 26 UAA traveled to Central Washington University and won.

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It was the same story on Oct. 3 at St. Martin’s University.

“They will want to beat us at our place, and will probably come playing very intense,” Green said.

Coming up on Oct. 22 and 24, Central Washington and St. Martin’s will visit the Wells Fargo Sports Complex for a second chance against the Seawolves.

In their previous encounters with St. Martin’s and Central Washington a few UAA players put up some impressive numbers.  Sophomore outside hitter Jackie Matthisen put up her fifth double-double of the year with 12 kills and 11 digs against Saint Martin’s. Junior Courtney Lundberg picked up 17 kills against the Saints while sophomore outside hitter McKenzie Moss put up huge numbers against the Central Washington Wildcats, with 17 kills and 21 digs.

Between the two games, senior setter Calli Scott put up an impressive 91 assists and senior libero Stacy Meisner tallied an impressive 55 digs.