FAIRBANKS, Alaska (KTVF) The University of Alaska Fairbanks is off to their first 4-0 conference start for the first time, maybe ever. In a rare 11:30 a.m. match, the Nanooks took on their Great Northwest Athletic Conference rival in the Montana State Billings Yellowjackets Thursday. It took nearly everything they had, and the support of hundreds of elementary students, but UAF came away with the win in five sets. The purpose of the early start time was to bus several elementary schools in to spend a day with the Nanooks and to see the volleyball team in action.
"They are the rowdiest crowd I think we have had, ever," senior Kim Wong said of the elementary students. "I was losing my voice out there because I was trying to talk to my team but you hear all of these kids. It is really, really cool to have to have that out there...I think it is a great opportunity for them to see what college sports is like, for them to get out and have fun and it is great to have their support."
"I'm so grateful to the school district for helping us make that event for all those elementary kids, and that was so much fun. That's the most ruckus crowd we have had from during warm ups all the way through, you know that was a fun group to have out there." Head Coach Brian Scott said of the crowd.
Kim Wong led all players with 17 kills for the Nanooks, while junior Cate Whiting provided a ridiculous 45 assists and 12 digs on the defensive side. AveRee Reynolds provided 12 kills, while Markie Miller punched in nine for UAF.
The Nanooks dominated the first set 25-12, but MSUB bounced back to take the next two. UAF rallied back in the fourth set 25-16, before taking the decisive fifth set 15-6.
The Nanooks (7-5, 4-0 GNAC) will continue their homestand next week. They will host Northwest Nazarene on Thursday, before taking on Central Washington on October 5.
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