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Nanooks Volleyball Beats Simon Fraser at Home Ending Losing Streak

After Losing to Simon Fraser in Burnaby.
Published: Nov. 2, 2021 at 9:49 PM AKDT
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FAIRBANKS, Alaska (KTVF) -The Alaska Nanooks were coming off of a four game losing streak, three of which were away games, when they played Simon Fraser University on Saturday.

When the Nanooks were going into the game, they had an overall record of 13-11 and a conference record of 6-6. Simon Fraser had an overall record of 15-4 showing fewer games but fewer loses, and a conference score of 9-3. One of those prior conference game wins being a UAF defeat, when the Nanooks last played Simon Fraser, in Burnaby, British Columbia. One consideration to be made however, was that three of the four loses incurred before the game went to five sets. This included their most recent defeat to GNAC conference leader and nationally ranked number 19, Western Washington University.

The ‘Nooks make it clear that they will not go down without a fight and are a force to fear.

So come game time, Coach Scott and the rest of the team were ready to take on the new visitors. In the first set, Simon Fraser sent a storm of kills in UAF’s direction, having both a higher kill count and a higher hit percentage. But in the second, the Nanooks would pull an even larger win against Simon Fraser.

In the second set, the Nanooks would hold Simon Fraser to their fewest points scored in any set during Saturday’s matchup. The second set was heavily in favor of UAF, with the set score ending 25-12. In the second set, the Nanooks only committed two errors. In the third, Simon Fraser was close, but not close enough as the Nooks claimed the lead with a 25-20 set victory.

The momentum continued to swing with UAF, despite an even closer response from SFU. Tied 25-25 late in the fourth set, UAF would rally with back-to-back kills from AveRee Reynolds and Lahra Weber, closing the door on Simon Fraser, 27-25.

After the weekend, the Nanooks boast an impressive 8-2 record on their home court. Up next for UAF Volleyball, they will hit the road for one last time this regular season, travelling to Central Washington and Northwest Nazarene. The Nooks will conclude their regular season at home with three consecutive home games.

Head coach Brian Scott Reflected on the difficulty of playing in the GNAC this season and what they need to prepare for when they next play Central Washington.

“We feel, I think we always feel comfortable or we always like our odds. going and playing at Central is going to be tough. They have a large crowd, they’ve got rowdy students, they’ve got; I mean it’s a tough place to play, it’s gonna be a battle, that’s all there is to it. It’s not like any of these home matches we’ve had or our other matches, every week it’s gonna be a battle.”

“There’s not a bad team in the whole conference, it’s just so brutal in our conference this year and so every win you can get is just extremely valuable.”

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