Seawolves head to UAF and face a rivalry showdown against Nanooks

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

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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

seventh place.

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