Sports Briefs

Lundberg powers UAA past SMU, 3-0

Powered by virtually unstoppable hitting from junior Cortney Lundberg, the Alaska Anchorage volleyball team rolled to a 25-18, 25-21, 25-16 victory over Saint Martin’s on Oct. 3rd at the Wells Fargo Sports Complex.

UAA won its second straight match as Lundberg made school history with 17 kills on only 19 attacks for an amazing .895 hitting percentage. Sophomore outside hitter Jackie Matthisen picked up her fifth double-double of the year with 12 kills and 11 digs, while libero Stacie Meisner lifted 21 digs in the short affair.

Much of Lundberg’s success came thanks to picture-perfect sets from senior Calli Scott, who finished with 37 assists and helped the Seawolves hit .313 on the night.

A 6-1 middle blocker, Lundberg kept getting better as the night wore on. In the first set she connected for four kills on five tries, before helping UAA come back from an early deficit in the second with six kills on seven swings. She then finished with a perfect 7-of-7 showing in the final frame.

With the victory, UAA moves into a three-way tie for second place at the one-third mark of the Great Northwest Athletic Conference schedule. The Seawolves stand just one-half match back of first-place Seattle Pacific, which was upset at home Oct. 3rd, 3-2, by Montana State Billings.

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UAA blanks WOU in Anchorage

Sophomore Jackie Matthisen dominated offensively against her former team with match-highs of 20 kills and three aces Thursday as UAA blanked Western Oregon, 25-20, 25-21, 25-20, in a Great Northwest Athletic Conference volleyball showdown at the Wells Fargo Sports Complex.

Matthisen was the only player with double-figure kills on the night, while senior setter Calli Scott collected 35 assists and three block assists for the Seawolves.

WOU got eight kills apiece from Danielle Reese and Sylvia Herrold, but the defending league champion Wolves were out-hit .299 to .190.??The Seawolves also got nice performances from junior middle blocker Cortney Lundberg and sophomore outside hitter McKenzie Moss as they snapped an eight-match losing streak against the visitors from Monmouth, Ore.

Senior libero Stacie Meisner lifted a match-high 10 digs for UAA, and middle blockers Ashley Bates and Marie Borowikow contributed four kills apiece.

But it was Matthisen – an Anchorage native who played her freshman season of 2007 at WOU – who came back to haunt her old squad, notching seven kills in each of the first two frames and finishing with a .371 hitting percentage. Her kills total was two more than any GNAC player has registered in a 3-set match this year.

UAA women record program-best ranking

Even after being idle for a weekend, the UAA’s men’s and women’s cross country teams both advanced in week three of the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) Cross Country Coaches’ Poll.

The women’s team made Seawolf history, claiming No. 5 in the poll – the highest ranking a UAA cross country team has ever achieved. Last season the men’s squad recorded a No. 6 ranking.

The Seawolves, who lead the Great Northwest Athletic Conference, trail Shippensburg (No. 4) and West Region foe, Chico State (No. 3). Adams State continues to lead the nation, followed by Grand Valley State in second.

On the men’s side, UAA continues to climb up one position each week, moving to No. 13. The Seawolves pursue two West Region schools; Western Washington (No. 8) of the GNAC and Chico State (No. 4). Adams State retained the No. 1 position, while Western State held down No. 2.

The Seawolves will remain inactive for another weekend before competing in the San Francisco West Region Preview on Oct. 9.

UAA’s Matthisen captures GNAC honor

UAA sophomore Jackie Matthisen was named Sept. 28th as the Great Northwest Athletic Conference’s volleyball Player of the Week after helping the Seawolves to two impressive league road wins.

The 5-10 outside hitter from East Anchorage High School had 67 kills, including 50 in 3-2 road wins at Western Washington and Central Washington. She also contributed 40 digs and 11 blocks.

Matthisen had a career-high 28 kills, the second-most in the GNAC this fall, as the Seawolves ended a 17-match losing streak to league preseason favorite WWU on Sept. 24th. On Sept. 26th she had 22 kills, including four during a 6-0 run as UAA overcame a 13-9 deficit in the fifth set to beat CWU.

On Sept. 27th, she produced a match-high 17 kills in UAA’s 3-1 nonconference loss to Rocky Mountain on Sunday, moving her up to No. 3 in the GNAC’s kills-per-set rankings at 3.70.

It is the first career player-of-the-week honor for Matthisen. She also becomes the third Seawolf in five weeks to win or share the player-of-the-week award, joining senior libero Stacie Meisner (Sept. 8-14) and senior setter Calli Scott (Aug. 25-31).