FAIRBANKS — The Alaska Nanooks have a way of bringing out the best in their opponents.
That certainly was the case again Thursday night at the Patty Center as the Seattle Pacific Falcons played near error-free ball in claiming a 25-18, 25-20, 25-18 Great Northwest Athletic Conference victory in front of more than 200 fans.
“I felt like we played really well,” Nanooks coach Phil Shoemaker said. “SPU just had our number tonight.”
Seattle Pacific seemed to go on a four- or five-point run in the middle of each set to put the Nanooks in a hole they couldn’t dig themselves out of.
“The story of the match tonight was Seattle Pacific was extremely low error,” Shoemaker said. “They have a strong offensive team and we didn’t do enough to hold them down.”
The Falcons had just six attack errors and six service errors on the night, while the Nanooks had 18 attack errors and five service miscues.
The Nanooks got 13 kills from senior Reilly Stevens, 10 from freshman Sam Harthun and n nine from freshman Megan Morrison but it wasn’t enough to overcome the Falcons.
Cailin Fellows paced the Falcons with a match-high 14 kills, while Madi Cavell registered 11 and Nikki Lowell delivered 10.
Breanne Wiekamp had a match-high 11 digs for Seattle Pacific, while senior Allison Oddy led the Nanooks with nine.
The loss dropped the Nanooks to 5-16 on the season and 3-12 in the GNAC. Seattle Pacific improved to 12-12 on the year and 9-6 in Conference play.
Alaska plays its final home match at 3 p.m. Saturday at the Patty Center against the Montana State Billings Yellowjackets, who lost in three straight sets to the Alaska Anchorage Seawolves on Thursday night in Anchorage.
The Nanooks will honor their only two seniors — Oddy and Stevens — before the match.
“We’re going to come out and try and get a ‘W,’” Shoemaker said.
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