FAIRBANKS-The Alaska Nanook volleyball team starts their three game homestand tonight. They faces the Saint Martin Saints. They have three players over 100 kills and over three players with at least 32 total blocks. The blocking played a big part in Saint Martin's 25-15, 26-24, 25-22 sweep of Alaska in the Patty Center tonight.
Alaska (2-14, 1-4 GNAC) was led by the play the versatile Britt Glaeser who had a career night. Glaeser was effective getting past the Saints' block with a career high 11 kills and attacking at a .364 clip which was a team high. Keri Knight continued her recent strong play with a team high 12 kills hitting at .321. That's seven matches with at least seven kills for Knight. But that's all the Nanooks got offensively attacking at a .127 percentage compared to Saint Martin's .219.
Sam Harthun came in averaging 3.96 kills per set which is the best in the GNAC and 25th in the nation. The Saints made her non-factor as Harthun registered a season low seven kills.
This was due to the very timely and effective blocking of the Saints. Kyra Davidson added to her team leading 52 blocks with six tonight. Davidson added 10 kills as well. As a team the Saints shutout the Nanooks 16-0 in the blocking column. Saint Martin's (5-11, 1-3 GNAC) had nine team blocks as well in their first GNAC win of the year.
The Saints took worked their way to a 19-10 lead in the opening set and close it out winning 25-15. In the second stanza Alaska had a 9-7 lead but then the blocking by the Saints brought them back. It was 22-21 Alaska but a furious rally by the Saints resulted in a point and Davidson came through with big block as the Saints came away with a 26-24 win. In what would be the final set the Nanooks were in position as both teams couldn't get separation. It was tied 18-18 but the Saints went back to their blocking and hit a variety of cross court shots to get the final 25-22 margin.
Kristyn Ross had a game high 15 kills and two aces for the Saints.
The Nanooks have a day off then invite Western Oregon into the Patty Center for a one o'clock match.