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The University of Alaska Fairbanks volleyball team has been burning up lately. They were red hot once again on Thursday as senior Rilee White was on fire.

In a career filled with fantastic performances, White put forth her best effort yet on Thursday as she recorded a career-high 15 kills with a .361 hitting percentage to lead Alaska to a four set victory over Seattle Pacific on the road. The Nanooks won 20-25, 25-21, 25-20, 25-23 to earn their sixth consecutive victory and move to 10-5 on the season. More critically, the ‘Nooks remain undefeated in conference play at 3-0.

“My middles did a great job of holding the block and it gave me a wide-open net and my setters were putting it right there,” said White. “That connection between both of them just made my job that much easier. That is what was really clicking.”

It was a tough, hard-fought game throughout. Nothing was given to UAF as they earned victory after dropping the first set.

“I love that there was a little bit of pressure,” said head coach Brian Scott. “We got the job done and we’ll take it.”

While White had a career best night in the kills department, Emily Moorhead was just as important to the victorious effort. Moorhead had nine kills and nine blocks (eight assisted, one solo). Cate Whiting was fabulous in tallying 39 assists and 20 digs while Dani Dodge added 12 digs herself.

The Nanooks return to UAF for their next game on Saturday at 2 p.m. against Montana State Billings at the Patty Center.

Contact sports editor Hart Pisani at hpisani@newsminer.com or 459-7530.

Contact sports editor Hart Pisani at hpisani@newsminer.com or 459-7530.

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