After a seven game winning streak, the University of Alaska Fairbanks were in the midst of a two-game losing skid heading into Thursday night’s game against Northwest Nazarene University at the Patty Center. That changed by the time the game came to an end.
The Nanooks got back on track in a big way with a three set sweep of the Nighthawks 25-16, 25-17, 25-17 and moved to 12-7 overall and 5-2 in GNAC play. The ‘Nooks are now 6-1 at home this season.
The Nanooks were sharp throughout the night as they finished the evening with a .354 hitting percentage while committing just seven errors.
“We focused last week on limiting our errors,” said Sophie Schilling, who finished the night with nine kills, a .500 hit percentage, and four blocks. “We knew we needed to execute better there and we did that.”
AveRee Reynolds (10 kills, three blocks), Karli Nielson (nine kills, .450 hitting percentage, three aces), Cate Whiting (29 assists, 11 digs) and Dani Dodge (12 digs) all played a major role in the victory for UAF as well.
Next up, the ‘Nooks will remain at home for a Saturday afternoon date against the number two team in the GNAC in Central Washington. Head coach Brian Scott said the team needed to be ready for what he called, “one of the best teams in the country.”
“They’re ranked number 25 in the country so they’re one of the best in the country,” he said. “We’ve got a tough battle ahead of us.”
That game will be at the Patty Center at 2 p.m.
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