Sports Briefs 10/20/2009

UAA sweeps at SPU, claims share of first place
Senior setter Calli Scott orchestrated a near-flawless offensive display Oct. 15 at Brougham Pavilion to lead UAA to a 25-17, 25-20, 25-17 sweep of Seattle Pacific in a battle for first place in the Great Northwest Athletic Conference volleyball standings.

The Seawolves notched their fourth straight sweep in October, powered by 31 assists from Scott and a 10-kill, 11-dig showing from sophomore outside hitter Jackie Matthisen.

SPU fell into a first-place tie with the Seawolves despite a match-high 11 kills from Sarah Risser. No other Falcon managed more than five kills.

UAA surprised the Falcons by jumping to big leads in the first and second sets and not letting up. SPU forged a pair of two-point leads midway through the third frame, but the Seawolves finished the match by taking 11 of the final 14 rallies.

At the end, the stat sheet showed almost perfect balance for UAA, which got nine kills and 11 digs from outside hitter McKenzie Moss, nine kills and six total blocks from Cortney Lundberg.

UAA spikers regionally ranked for first time in 8 years
The UAA volleyball team’s Great Northwest Athletic Conference upcoming road showdowns grew in importance Oct. 15 as the Seawolves gained a seventh-place ranking in the first NCAA Div. II West Region poll of the season.

The Seawolves who played against sixth place Seattle Pacific Oct. 15 and number nine Northwest Nazarene on Oct. 17, earned the program’s first regional ranking since finishing 10th in the final 2001 poll.

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The rankings rate the top 10 teams in all eight Division II regions, helping to determine which eight teams per region qualify for the NCAA Tournament.

UAA has already played four of the top five teams in the West thus far, losing to number one Cal State-San Bernardino, second-ranked UC San Diego and number four Hawaii-Hilo, and posting a win over fifth place Cal State-L.A.? The next rankings will be released Oct. 29.
Annual Ski Swap set for Nov. 7-8
The Alaska Anchorage ski team and the Alyeska Ski & Snowboard club will host their annual Ski Swap & Expo Nov. 7 and 8 at West High School.

Alaska’s oldest and largest winter sports event, the swap will begin at 9 a.m. on Sat., Nov. 7 with the equipment check-in, and end at 5 p.m. Gear sales will commence at noon and run until 5 p.m. Check-in will resume Sunday, Nov. 8, at 9 a.m. and end at noon. Gear sales Sunday are scheduled from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The event will also feature sign-ups for winter sports programs, ski and snowboard vendors, and waxing seminars.

XC teams seek conference title.

The UAA Cross Country team has had strong showings at all their meets this season. They defeated Abiline Christian University in the first and only home meet. They then traveled to Seattle for the Sundodger Invitational where the women placed first in the open race and the men came in fourth. Most recently at the West Region preview in San Francisco both men and women squads recorded wins. The women have maintained a fifth-place ranking for three weeks now. By any account, the Seawolves are a team to take very seriously.

On Oct. 24 they will be traveling to Yakima, Wash. for the GNAC championship meet hosted by the Central Washington Wildcats. UAA will be hoping to win its third GNAC title in the last five years. It would be the fourth time in school history. After this meet they have a two-week break before heading to San Francisco again for the region championships.

-Compiled by Damaris Craig

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