FAIRBANKS-Last night your Alaska Nanooks had their first GNAC volleyball game of the season in the Patty Center. The Yellow Jackets of Montana State Billings were looking to sting the Nooks but Alaska took the first set 25-20.
Britt Glaeser set the tone for the Nooks in the second set scoring three of the first four points. She finished with six kills. The Yellowjackets went on a 9-2 run and led 15-9. But the Nooks rallied and won the second set 25-20.
Halftime entertainment was provided by the hockey team. It was 80s night as well.
Late in the third set the Nanooks had a few service errors to prolong the match but Kerri Knight was there for the game winning kill pounding the ball over the net between Yellowjacket defenders. Nanooks win 28-26 in final set and UAF sweeps.
Knight had seven kills and was 8 of 10 from the service line. She commented on her approach to serving.
"Your best serve isn't always an ace. The ace is the outcome. So when I'm going back there I just really like to focus in making them move. Basically putting them out of system, making them scramble," Knight said.
The back row was all in with 30 digs. Tessa Butterfield had 13 of them. Sam Harthun was on another level hitting just under 47 percent, a season high and a game high 18 kills. Monica Grimsrud led MSUB with nine kills.
"If we look at each other and say hey you're going to get this up, or you're going to get this pass or I'm going to get this pass, we trust each other and we know we're going to do it. Honestly that's what gets us out of this ruts," Harthun said.
The Nanooks are now 2-10 but have to put together back to back sweeps.
"Any win I like," UAF head coach Mallory Larranaga said. "We really worked hard for it. The losses that we've had haven't been for nothing. It hurts and it's not fun to see in the paper and it's not fun for others to talk about but we know our plan. We came up against tough teams and it's for exactly this out conference."