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Nanooks sweep Seawolves in volleyball

  • Author: Anchorage Daily News
  • Updated: October 9
  • Published October 9

UAF snapped its 16-match losing streak to UAA in dominant fashion Tuesday night, sweeping the Seawolves out of Fairbanks with a 3-0 (25-22, 25-11, 25-11) Great Northwest Athletic Conference volleyball win at the Patty Center.

The Nanooks (8-10 overall, 6-5 GNAC) last defeated the Seawolves in 2010. UAA (15-4, 8-3) won the first meeting this season 3-1 in Anchorage last month. Both teams entered Tuesday riding four-match winning streaks.

Markie Miller had a match-high 15 kills for UAF, which got eight kills from Lahra Weber and seven from Mica Shenglan. Cate Whiting had 34 assists for the Nanooks, whose hitting percentage was more than 100 points higher than the Seawolves'.

"We got off to another slow start and it really came back to cost us tonight," UAA coach Chris Green said in a press release. "It's very hard right now to find anything positive about our performance, but we'll try to use it as a learning experience and get refocused on the type of volleyball we should be playing."

Ellen Floyd had 23 assists for UAA, which got eight kills from Eve Stephens and six each from Chrisalyn Johnson, Vera Pluharova and Tara Melton.

In addition to being UAF's first win over their in-state rivals since 2010, it was the Nanooks' first home win over UAA since 2008.

UAA returns to Anchorage for a GNAC match against Montana State-Billings Saturday at 7 p.m. at the Alaska Airlines Center.

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