The Seawolves will be looking to avenge a loss from last October to their in-state rival, the
UAF Nanooks, this weekend.
UAA will travel up to Fairbanks to battle the Nanooks on Saturday, Oct. 10 at 7:00 p.m.
Although UAF gets home-court advantage first, which might factor into the final outcome,
some coaches question whether a home-court advantage is really as advantageous as it is
made out to be.
“All coaches like to think there is a home court advantage. I do think there is higher
comfort level of playing at home, and the excitement players get from a home crowd is also
an advantage. But it still comes down to making the plays,” Head Coach Chris Green said.
If you are the type of person to compare statistics and score to try to predict the outcome of
a game, then UAA is the favorite.
UAA has recently improved to an 11-7 record compared to UAF who sits at an even 7-7.
UAA is ranked third in the Great Northwest Athletic Conference while UAF is sitting in
UAA will go into the game after getting a big home win against Western Oregon
University. UAF is also coming off of a home win against St. Martin’s. UAA has not lost
more than two games in a row this season.
Junior middle blocker Cortney Lundberg helped in UAA’s previous match against UAF
and registered 10 kills and five blocks.
Senior setter Calli Scott came up with an unbelievable 56 assists in the last match against
the Nanooks, but it wasn’t enough to hold the persistent UAF team.
Scott and Lundberg’s impressive history against UAF isn’t all that UAA has going for
them, though. Sophomore Jackie Matthisen has been dominating the floor in roles of both
middle blocker and outside hitter. The Anchorage native has been an offensive force to deal
with this season, which earned her a GNAC volleyball Player of the Week after she helped
halt a 17 game losing streak against powerhouse Western Washington University.
Part of UAA’s problem this season has been consistency. By improving consistency and
maintaining a high level of play, match after match and point after point, Coach Green
thinks they can consistently win games.
Although statistics aren’t the name of the game, UAA’s have been impressive this season.
And as long as consistency is present over the weekend for the Seawolves, it promises to be
an exciting match.
Check records for both UAA and UAF on Sunday