UAF Nanooks

Monday, November 2, 2009

Players of the Week

Both the GNAC and the CCHA announced their players of the week and two Nanooks took home honors. Senior setter Alexa Sherman and sophomore goaltender Scott Greenham was named CCHA goalie of the week.

Here are the releases for the Nanook players:

Alexa Sherman

Alaska Nanooks senior setter Alexa Sherman (Calabasas, CA) was named the Great Northwest Athletic Conference Player of the Week for the week ending 11-1.

Sherman had 91 assists, 15 kills, 14 digs, and hit for a .684 percentage in a 2-0 week for Alaska, defeating St. Martin’s (3-1) and Western Oregon (3-1). She had 50 assists and 10 kills in the Nanook win over Western Oregon, while hitting a team best .818 as the Nanooks set a GNAC single-match record for a four set contest with a .407 hitting percentage.

On the season, Sherman is fifth in the GNAC in assists per set with 9.60 and is currently ranked seventh in GNAC history with 3,421 assists and ninth in conference history in assists per set (9.68).

Sherman is the second Alaska volleyball player to win player of the week. Senior outside hitter Megan Thigpen took home the award for the week ending September 9.

This will be the second time Sherman was named GNAC player of the week in her career at Alaska. She was named co-player of the week in 2008 for the week ending September 13.

Scott Greenham

The Central Collegiate Hockey Association announced today that Alaska Nanooks sophomore Scott Greenham (Addison, ON) has been selected as the conference’s goalie of the week, for the week ending November 1.

Greenham stopped 44 of the 47 shots he faced in a pair of wins over Ferris State to help his team sweep the opening weekend of CCHA play and remain unbeaten on the season at 5-0-1. His 1.44 goals-against average and .940 saves percentage improved his season totals to 1.14 GAA and .949: good for second and fifth amongst NCAA Division I goalies. His .917 winning percentage is also tied for sixth nationally.

He made 24 stops in Friday’s 3-1 win against the Bulldogs that kept him unbeaten in his first nine career starts (7-0-2) and tied a mark set by former Nanook goaltender Keith Bartusch (2001-05), who was 6-0-3 in his first nine starts. Saturday, his 20-save performance in Alaska’s 3-2 overtime win improved his career record to 8-0-2, making him the first Alaska netminder in the program’s 30-year history to go unbeaten in his first 10 career starts.

In addition to his unbeaten record, Greenham backstopped the Nanooks to 19 consecutive penalty kills, before surrendering the first power-play goal of the season late in the first period Friday against the Bulldogs. The shutout of the opponents’ special teams lasted over 329 minutes.

This is Greenham’s third CCHA player of the week award and second of the season. He was named the CCHA Goalie of the Week after the opening weekend of the season (Oct. 9-10) after being named the Most Outstanding Player of the 2009 Kendall Hockey Classic. Last season he earned CCHA Goalie of the Week for the week of October 14-20, following a 5-0 whitewashing of Mercyhurst: his second shutout in just his second career start.

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