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Courtesy of FUAMATALA MATAUTIA

Kalameli Matautia, center, poses with her parents, Fuamatala, left, and Junior, right, during the Webber International University volleyball team’s senior day Saturday in Florida. 

Kodiak’s Kalameli Matautia closed out a spectacular college volleyball career on Saturday. 

Matautia, a senior at Webber International University, nearly produced a double-double in her final game for the NAIA school, picking up eight kills and nine digs in a loss to Ave Maria University in Babson Park, Florida. 

Matautia and her eight senior teammates were honored before the match. 

“I want to thank our seniors for giving their all and being a part of our volleyball program, and I wish them the best of luck going forward as they enter their professional careers,” Webber head coach Gretchen Hand said in a press release. 

Matautia, a 2016 graduate of Kodiak High School, shined in her senior season, leading Webber in kills (244), total attacks (745), hitting percentage (.146) and digs (177). 

In her two years at Webber, Matautia, a 5-foot-7 outside hitter, tallied 361 kills, 235 digs, 57 total blocks, 23 assists and 11 service aces. 

After becoming the first Kodiak player to appear in four state tournaments, Matautia played two seasons at Columbia Basin College in Washington. In her sophomore season at Columbia, she was named as a Northwest Athletic Conference Eastern Region all-star, compiling 249 kills, 154 digs and 31 blocks.

In her four years in Kodiak, Matautia collected 921 kills, 323 digs, 105 solo blocks and 87 aces. 

 

CROSS COUNTRY

A pair of Kodiak High School running legends wrapped up their cross country seasons over the weekend. 

Keith Osowski, a sophomore at Black Hills State University, zoomed to a 36th-place finish out of 183 runners at the NCAA Division II South Central Region Championships Saturday in Canyon, Texas. 

Osowski, a multiple state champion for Kodiak, finished the 10-kilometer course in 32 minutes, 52.35 seconds — second for Black Hills, behind only Kenai’s Jordan Theisen, who was 27th in 32:32.25. 

The Black Hills men placed 11th. 

Levi Fried, a senior at University of Mary, concluded his collegiate cross country career with a 125th-place showing at the NCAA Division II Central Region Championships Saturday in Joplin, Missouri. 

Fried, who transferred to University of Mary after graduating from Black Hills State University last spring, clocked a 10K time of 33:55.2, which was seventh for his team. 

University of Mary placed seventh, jumping seven spots from a year ago. 

Both Fried and Osowski will now focus on the indoor track season that begins in December.  

 

SWIMMING

Southwestern Oregon Community College freshmen Nathan James and Anders Hocum competed in a pair meets over the weekend. 

At the SCAT Open on Friday, James won the 200-yard freestyle (1:52.29), third in the 500 freestyle (5:10.78) and eighth in the 50 freestyle (23.47).

Hocum was fourth in the 100 breaststroke (1:04.96), fifth in the 200 breaststroke (2:23.26), seventh in the 200 freestyle (2:00.91) and 11th in the 500 freestyle (5:46.34). 

On Saturday against George Fox University, James was second in the 50 freestyle (22.95) and tied for second in the 100 freestyle (51.59). 

Hocum was third in the 100 breaststroke (1:04.66) and was fifth in the 50 freestyle (25.39).

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