Nanook volleyball team falls to Simon Fraser

FAIRBANKS-Thursday night the Nanook volleyball team had one of its two last home games of the season. They wanted to get some momentum before Saturday's matchup with Western Washington. But first they had to take care of the Clan from Simon Fraser.

The Nanooks built a 13-8 lead in the first but the Clan rallied won the first set 25-23.

However, in the second set, it was all Alaska. They led 14-8 and won the second set 25-14. Freshman Katelyn Camp had new career high 53 assists for UAF.

The Clan had 7-3 lead in the third, their first lead to begin a set and they held on for 25-21 win. Madeline Hait went crazy for 16 kills, hitting 59 percent with no errors.

Sam Harthun had 23 kills to lead the Nanooks but freshman Cassidy Brewer had her best game with a career high 13 kills hitting at 48 percent.

"I really focused on low error, and that was a big part of what made me have a good night," Brewer said. "I've been working on that a lot in practice too, so it showed tonight."

Brewer had two critical ones in the fourth that gave UAF a 17-15 lead but the Clan rallied again and took the fourth set 25-22 for the four set victory.

Another frustrating L for UAF. The Nanooks out performed Simon Fraser in all statistically categories except for errors. The Clan had 13 while Alaska had 22.

"I think what really worked for us was our energy," Simon Fraser outside hitter Devon May said.  "We really got a lot of momentum going and I think we really stuck it out.  Like, we had some switching of positions and everyone did really well.  Everyone really did their job and played for each other, so I think that's what counted."
Nanooks head coach Mallor Larranaga was more concerned with those things that didn't show up in a dominant state sheet for her team.

"For me, it really comes down to timing and heart.  It comes down to finding a way to win, despite what anyone else can do to you, and we're not mature enough for that yet.  Uhm...which is really sad, because we are doing a lot of great things."