FAIRBANKS, Alaska (KTUU) - The University of Alaska Fairbanks volleyball team made quick work of in-state rival Alaska Anchorage on Tuesday, taking down the Seawolves in straight sets 25-22, 25-11, 25-22 at the Patty Center in Fairbanks.
Both teams came into the match winning four straight, but the Nanooks would get the last laugh, beating UAA for the first time since 2010.
UAF was led by Markie Miller who had a match-high 15 kills and .464 hitting. For the Green and Gold, freshman Eve Stephens had 8 kills, and senior Taylor Noga had 13 digs.
After the match, UAA head coach Chris Green said his team’s slow start to the match made it difficult to rebound for the rest of it. With this loss, the Seawolves fall to third in the GNAC, and UAF moves into fourth, riding one of its longest win streaks in a decade.
With Tuesday's loss, UAA now moves into must-win territory for the rest of the season for any chance at the NCAA tournament. Two of the Seawolves' final nine matches come against No.6-ranked Western Washington at home on October 18, and then Central Washington on the road November 8.
The Seawolves return home this Saturday for the first time in two weeks to play Montana State-Billings.