In her final season of collegiate volleyball, Kodiak’s Kalameli Matautia has turned into Webber International University’s main offensive weapon. 

In the first six matches of the year, the 5-foot-7 outside hitter has laced a team-high 56 kills in 180 attempts.

The 2016 graduate of Kodiak High School recorded a career-best 17 kills in a five-set victory over Faulkner University on Aug. 24 and had 15 kills in a  five-set win over Life University on the same day.  

Matautia transferred to Webber International (Florida) after spending two years playing for Columbia Basic College (Washington) in the Northwest Athletic Conference. 

In her first season for NAIA Webber, Matautia had 117 kills.  

 

CROSS COUNTRY

Kodiak’s Arielle Himelbloom started her sophomore season with the University of Alaska Anchorage cross country team with a 17th-place finish in a dual meet at Alaska Fairbanks Saturday. 

Himelbloom covered the 5-kilometer course in 22 minutes, 49.76 seconds, good for seventh for the Seawolves.  

UAA women won 17-39. 

 

FOOTBALL

Despite being listed high on Montana’s depth chart at right guard, Kodiak’s Kordell Pillans did not play in the team’s season-opening 31-17 win at South Dakota. 

The Grizzlies unleashed 510 offensive yards — 427 through the air — in beating the Coyotes in their home opener for the first time since 2002.

“I just told (the team in the locker room), you just did what 16 straight teams could not do, and that was come in here and put a beatdown on them,” second-year Montana coach Bobby Hauck said on his postgame radio show. 

On Saturday, No. 23 Montana hosts  North Alabama in its home opener. The game kicks at 5 p.m. ADT.  

 

 

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