Seawolves topple Nanooks for 10th straight win
Sophomore outside hitter McKenzie Moss notched a double-double and host UAA used a huge blocking advantage Nov. 4th to earn its 10th consecutive victory with a 25-18, 25-23, 25-22 sweep of arch-rival UAF at the Wells Fargo Sports Complex.
The Seawolves also got 13 kills from sophomore hitter Jackie Matthisen, plus a match-high 15 digs from senior libero Stacie Meisner, as they notched the program’s first 20-win season since 1996.
The victory puts the regionally 5th-ranked Seawolves three matches ahead of Seattle Pacific in the Great Northwest Athletic Conference standings and clinches at least second place – easily the program’s best finish in the league’s nine-year history.
After pulling away from a 10-10 tie to win the opening set, the Seawolves spotted the Nanooks advantages in the second and third frames.
Trailing 22-23 in the second, UAA caught a break when UAF senior Heather Lyons served into the net to tie it. Senior setter Calli Scott then converted on a quick attack, and Meisner served one of her three aces to take a 2-sets-to-0 lead.
Facing a 14-18 deficit in the third, Matthisen banged a kill to start an 8-1 Seawolf run. At 22-21, UAA’s Cortney Lundberg and Marie Borowikow combined to block Lyons, and the Seawolves would win on two more Nanook attack errors.
Borowikow tallied five block assists, while Lundberg – the GNAC’s leading blocker – notched seven kills and four block assists.
UAA CC: Both UAA squads earn berths to Nationals
Both the Alaska Anchorage’s men’s and women’s cross country teams are headed to the 2009 NCAA Div. II Cross Country Championships after the women’s team won their first ever title at the West Regional and the men’s squad placed third on Saturday morning. Junior Marko Cheseto made UAA history, becoming the first Seawolf runner to win an individual title.
The undefeated women’s team, ranked No. 2 in the region and No. 5 in the nation, upset No. 1/2 Chico State for UAA’s first West Region title. The Seawolves placed all five runners in the top 15 for a program-best 35 points on the Golden Gate Park’s Speedway Meadow course.
“I’m continually impressed with the women’s team,” stated 20th-year head coach Michael Friess, “We came into the meet looking to qualify for nationals and that’s what we did. We ran relaxed and strong with great enthusiasm and came out on top.”
“On the men’s side it was a tighter situation,” said Friess, “they basically had to run with their hair on fire to get to Nationals and with Cheseto leading the way, they did just that.”
Both teams secured their second consecutive NCAA trip. The men’s berth marks UAA’s sixth trip overall, while the women’s team will be making their fourth appearance at Nationals. The championships will take place on Nov. 21 in Evansville, Ind.
-compiled by Damaris Craig