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UAF Volleyball Completes Sweep on Senior Night

Seven student athletes finish time at the Patty Center
Published: Nov. 22, 2021 at 8:07 PM AKST
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FAIRBANKS, Alaska (KTVF) - After the University of Alaska Fairbanks Nanooks volleyball win on Thursday against Saint Martin’s University, the Nooks had the chance to sweep their weekend of games when they welcomed Western Oregon University to town. With the last games on their regular season, Saturday was dedicated to recognize all of their seniors on the roster.

The first set was not even close. The Nanooks overpowered the Wolves in the first set. UAF out-hit Western Oregon by thirty percent, and got out to a quick 1-0 after dismantling the Wolves 25-12. The second set was the closest of the night, and the only set that Western Oregon hit at a better clip than UAF, and even though it needed two extra points, UAF extended their lead to 2-0 claiming set two, 27-25.

The third was filled with many, small back and forth rallies, and each team’s largest rally equaled four points. Another close set would take place in the third, but the UAF completes the sweep of the Wolves winning set three 25-23. The Nanooks won all six sets of competition this weekend sweeping both of their opponents in Saint Martin’s and Western Oregon.

Following the game, some fans filtered out, but most stayed to join family and friends to celebrate these seven student athletes: Zoey Keene (Anchorage, AK), Emily Moorhead (Chugiak, AK), Colleen File (Woodinville, WA), Lahra Weber (Berlin, Germany), Dani Dodge (Topeka, KS), Cate Whiting (Rapid City, SD), and AveRee Reynolds (Petersboro, UT).

Head coach, Brian Scott, was very emotional following the game, and rightfully so. “These are some of the first kids that I had a chance to recruit, and these girls... they go to battle every day, and they’ve done it for their entire careers. So, to say that this one is a tough one for me to lose, this whole group, is an understatement.” The emotions for this group of seniors stems from the fact that Coach Scott has rebuilt this program with these seven at the core.

There were three Nanooks that exercised their extra year of eligibility due to the COVID-19 pandemic: Emily Moorhead, Lahra Weber, and Cate Whiting. The year prior to the trio beginning their career at UAF as freshman, the Nanooks went 3-24 during Scott’s second year as head coach. Then the start of the core helped lead UAF to moving up four spots in the standings during their freshman year.

This concludes the UAF Volleyball season for 2021. They finish the season with an 18-12 overall record and a 11-7 conference record inside the Great Northwest Athletic Conference. The best record that Coach Scott has recorded during his tenure as the head coach for UAF. There is no doubt that the seven individuals that Nanook Athletics celebrated on Saturday played a big role for Coach Scott turning the program around.

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