The University of Alaska Fairbanks overcame Western Oregon’s late surge and downed the Wolves in four sets in Thursday night’s Great Northwest Athletic Conference match in Monmouth, Oregon.
The Nanooks, still tied for second place in the 11-team NCAA Division II conference, cruised to a 25-9 win in the first set and claimed a 25-20 victory in the second set. The Wolves rallied for a 30-28 decision in the third set and the Nanooks responded with a 25-20 win to raise their record to 9-6 overall and 6-1 GNAC.
Lahra Weber registered match highs of 15 kills and six service aces for the Nanooks, and the junior outside hitter contributed 11 digs in the match in the new PE building.
Makenna Overbey led UAF with 18 digs, while AveRee Reynolds and Kim Wong provided 13 and 10 kills, respectively. Wong also had a match-high five total blocks.
Cate Whiting and Western Oregon’s Aubrey Stanton each dispensed a match-high 40 assists.
Mica Chen had 10 digs and Tatum Upchurch produced nine digs and two aces for the Nanooks, who visit the Concordia University Cavaliers at 1 p.m. AKDT Saturday in Portland, Oregon.
Concordia lost 28-26, 25-20, 25-20 Thursday to the Alaska Anchorage Seawolves, who at 11-4 overall and 6-1 GNAC, share second place with UAF.
Allie Spear had a match-best 21 digs and served four aces for 10th-place Western Oregon (3-11, 1-6 GNAC). The Wolves got 14 kiills each from Lauren Smith and Sianna DeCarli.
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