UAF Volleyball Returns Home for Important Weekend

Hosts No. 19 Western Washington
Published: Oct. 27, 2021 at 7:51 PM AKDT
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FAIRBANKS, Alaska (KTVF) - The University of Alaska Fairbanks returns home for a big weekend of volleyball after being away from their home court for nineteen days. The Nanooks will face two of the top three volleyball teams in the GNAC conference this weekend.

Tomorrow night, the Nanooks will welcome nineteenth-ranked Western Washington University (9-1). Saturday will be against unranked Simon Fraser University (8-3), but they are no easy feat either, as they are third in the GNAC volleyball standings. Despite the quality teams UAF will face this weekend, the confines of their home court will certainly be an advantage.

When the Nanooks are on the road, they have fared 4-7 against their opponents, but are an impressive 7-1 while playing at the Alaska Airlines Gymnasium in Fairbanks. “A lot of it is comfort. We have a set routine when we’re here at home. We get to see our own trainers. We get to sleep in our own bed, and we know how the crowd will respond and react to us at home,” head coach, Brain Scott, said about why being in Fairbanks is such an advantage.

Last time out, the Nanooks took the Western Washington Vikings to five sets falling just short of the upset on the road, but there historically, that is a massive accomplishment. Prior to their game earlier this month, the Nanooks had not won a single set against the Vikings in seventeen games, which dates back to September, 2011.

“A very good team (Western Washington) that is very disciplined, and we have to match them in that,” said Coach Scott in a key to his team getting past the Vikings tomorrow night. “In terms of athletic ability, we’re just as able capable,” Scott added.

As for Saturday, the Nanooks host Simon Fraser University, another team the Nanooks are looking to avenge an earlier loss to this season. UAF is currently in the middle of the GNAC standings with a 6-5 conference record, but these two games this weekend with the added home-court advantage could seriously help the Nanooks propel themselves forward with only seven games left in the regular season.

“It means a ton to get a win from anybody at the top of the GNAC right now. Wins are hard to come by, and a win is always great to get right now, said Scott. The Nanooks certainly enjoy the comfort of their home court and will have two chances this weekend to improve their record and get a boost in the conference standings.

Both games will take place at the Alaska Airlines Gymnasium. Tomorrow night’s start versus the Vikings is set for 7:00 P.M and Saturday’s tilt against Simon Fraser will start at noon.

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