The University of Alaska Fairbanks volleyball team is back on the tournament circuit, as the Nanooks open with two opponents today in the NCAA Division II West Region Showcase at California State University Los Angeles.

The Nanooks are coming off a 2-2 finish last week in the season-opening Oredigger Classic at Colorado School of Mines in Golden, Colorado.

Today, in the City of Angels, the Nanooks face Cal State LA at 11:30 a.m. AKDT and Cal State East Bay, of Hayward, California, at 4:30 p.m. AKDT.

UAF returns to Cal State LA’s University Gymnasium for a match against Hawaii Pacific at 4 p.m. AKDT Friday. The Nanooks end the tournament with a contest against Azusa Pacific, of Azusa, California, at 1:30 p.m. AKDT Saturday.

The Nanooks matches will be streamed at,

The competition at Cal State LA is among six pods, or tournaments, of the Division II West Region Showcase. 

Each pod has six teams, and UAF, Cal State East Bay, Azusa Pacific, Hawaii Pacific and  Cal State LA are in Pod 3. Central Washington, a Great Northwest Athletic Conference rival of the Nanooks, is in the same pod, but the two teams won’t play each other.

The Nanooks are 2-6 all-time against Hawaii Pacific and have winless marks against Cal State East Bay (0-2), Cal State LA (0-3) and Azusa Pacific (0-1).

After the Southern California trip, the Nanooks open GNAC play at Saint Martin’s in on Sept. 19 in Lacey, Washington, and at Seattle Pacific on Sept. 21.

The Saint Martin’s match begins at 6 p.m. AKDT and the Seattle Pacific contest is set for 1 p.m. AKDT.

UAF has its first home matches Sept. 24 against Alaska Anchorage and Sept. 26 against Montana State University Billings. UAA and UAF trade serves on the Alaska Airlines Court in the Patty Center at  7 p.m., and  MSUB visits the Nanooks at 11:30 a.m.

Mascot tryouts

Tryouts for the UAF mascot, Nook, take place at 2 p.m. Friday on the Alaska Airlines Court in the Patty Center. 

Robert Wighs, UAF Transitions Programs coordinator, will be judging.

The mascot is a paid position. Work during some UAF breaks and holidays may occur.

Sports knowledge and dance or cheerleading experience are recommended, but are not required.

Call Kayne Gutierrez at 474-5601 for more information.


The Fairbanks Ice Dogs’ exhibition game against the St. Cloud Blizzard in St. Cloud, Minnesota is scheduled for 4 p.m. Saturday.

The day of the game was incorrect in a story in Wednesday’s sports.

The game will be broadcast by HockeyTV and can be seen in Fairbanks at the Finish Line Restaurant in the LaQuinta Inn and Suites, 4920 Dale Road, off Airport Way.

Contact News-Miner sports editor Danny Martin at 459-7586. Follow him on Twitter:@newsminersports.