Fairbanks, Alaska The Alaska Nanook Volleyball team played in their first home game of the season, which also served as their first Great Northwest Athletic Conference game of the year against Central Washington.
The Nooks suffered their fifth consecutive loss, falling to the Wildcats 3 sets to 1.
Central Washington ran away with the first set, securing the win with a 25-15 effort.
That was the last blowout of the night as every set from that point forward was a fight.
The Nooks took the second set 26-24.
Unfortunately for the home team, the visitors from the Pacific Northwest were able to respond with back to back wins, a 25-23 victory in the third and a 25-22 win in the finale, to secure the win.
Makala Smart led the Wildcats with 20 kills.
The Nooks definitely had some bright spots of their own.
Tatum Upchurch, a redshirt sophomore who graduated from South Anchorage, led the team in Kills with 22.
Lahra Weber also hit double-digits, finishing the day with 16.
The Assist leader was Cate Whiting, who finished with 45.
Four different Nanooks earned double-digit digs, leading to a team total of 84.
This was the fifth consecutive win for the Wildcats, who are 7-1 overall.
The Nooks fall to 2-6 overall and 0-1 in GNAC play. Despite the loss, the players and Head Coach Brian Scott feel great about how the team is working together this year.
"You can't even help but scream. Someone gets a great kill and you're just like, 'Yes Kimmy! Nice Block!' or whatever. There's no other way I feel like..." said Lahra Weber.
"It's just a great feeling to hear everyone cheering and then you hear those little girls that look up to you like 'Go Tatum!' or 'Go Lahrs!' then you kill it and they're so happy for you. You can't help but put a smile on your face and just get hype for the next play," said Tatum Upchurch.
"I really liked the way we battled tonight," said Brian Scott, the head coach of the Nanooks Volleyball. "I'm really pleased with that. That's a great team. They are number one in the conference right now for a reason and we gave them a fight tonight. That was fun to see."