The host Nanooks compiled a .346 hitting percentage to help sweep the Western Oregon Wolves 25-19, 25-13, 25-11 in Saturday afternoon’s Great Northwest Athletic Conference volleyball match on the Alaska Airlines Court at the University of Alaska Fairbanks.
The Nanooks, with double-figure contributions from three players, improved their fifth-place record to 13-11 overall and 10-6 GNAC.
Cate Whiting dispensed 21 assists and came up with 10 digs. The Nanooks got match highs of 17 digs from Makena Overbey and 10 kills from Lahra Weber.
Mica Chen recorded nine digs and served a match-high five aces. Markie Miller had eight kills for UAF, which got six kills and a match-best six blocks from Kim Wong.
Aubrey Stanton had 17 assists and Allie Spear registered 13 digs for the Wolves, of Monmouth, Oregon. Lauren Smith led 10th-place Western Oregon (4-19, 2-14 GNAC) with six kills and two aces.
The Nanooks are on the road this week for GNAC matches at Simon Fraser University in Burnaby, British Columbia, and at Western Washington University in Bellingham, Washington.
UAF and Simon Fraser meet at 6 p.m. AKST on Thursday and the Nanooks play at Western Washington at the same time Saturday.
Nanooks sophomore Alexandria Bergholtz finished in 21 minutes, 55.7 seconds for 44th place among 186 finishers Saturday in the women’s 6-kilometer race of the NCAA Division II Cross Country West Regional at Ash Creek Preserve in Monmouth, Oregon.
Fellow University of Alaska Fairbanks sophomore Anja Maijala placed 139th in 23:26.4.
Bergholtz and Maijala were the only Nanooks in the women’s race, which was won by Alaska Anchorage senior Emmanuela Chelimo in 20:22.4.
The Nanooks had a full men’s squad and placed 22nd among 28 teams after compiling 571 points in the 10K competition.
Sophomore Jacob Walsh led the Nanooks in 31:36.9 for 62nd place among 185 finishers. Jack Matherly, a UAF sophomore and Hutchison High School gradate, was the second-fastest Nanook in 32:02.0 for 84th place.
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