FAIRBANKS, Alaska (KTVF) Volleyball fans got their first look at the UAF program Friday night, with the annual intrasquad Blue and Gold game.
The Nanook players split into two teams and battled it out for four sets at the Patty Center Court.
And battle is the correct word, as both teams were fighting for every point.
Although it was a scrimmage, it had the competitive feel of a conference game, just as the team had been experiencing in practice.
"That is everyday in our gym. No kidding, it is that competitive everyday," Nanook head coach Brian Scott said after the exhibition. "People get a little bit nasty sometimes when a call doesn't go their way and they are yelling at their teammate who has the whistle, 'there was a touch on that'. We like to compete, we like to push each other in the gym, and when we leave, we feel good about each other and we just like to work hard and we like to force each other to play better."
The Nanooks head into the season coming off of a 12-8 GNAC record, their most conference wins in 15 years, and their highest preseason ranking in program history.
"Everybody, there was something on the line for them too. They have personal pride every time they step on the court. There is something to them about winning, when they get on the court, they want to win, and they take personal pride in that." Scott said.
The 'Nooks are returning 10 players from last year's roster and adding four more. They have had no trouble implementing the new players to the program.
"We just have a really positive atmosphere and we talk a lot about team chemistry and character values and everything like that and how it doesn't matter where you're from or what your upbringing is, you're on our team." Junior middle back Emily Moorhead said.
"A lot of the new girls were early this year and I think that was really a good start for us, being able to step on the right foot even before the official practices and stuff like that." Setter Cate Whiting added.
Next on the slate for the Nanooks, is the alumni game next Saturday at 7 p.m. Their first official game of the season will come at the Colorado School of Mines Classic September 6th.
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