FAIRBANKS, Alaska - For the first time this season, The Alaska Nanook Volleyball team was able to earn a victory in front of their home crowd. Not only did the Nooks win, they were dominant, defeating the Western Oregon Wolves in a 3-set sweep. The first two sets were a battle as the Nanooks were able to edge Western 25-21 and 25-22. That final set was where the Nooks were the most dominant, finishing the game off with a 25-14 victory. As a team, The Nooks led in every statistical category, including a 40-36 lead in kills. Tatum Upchurch and Lahra Weber continued to shine offensively, sharing the team lead in kills with 11. Many of those came off of a game-high 32 assists from Cate Whiting. Weber was also a front-line force on defense, finishing the day with 2 blocks to lead the team. Makena Overbey was flying around defensively, finishing the day with 19 digs. We talked to Upchurch and Weber after the game about earning their first Patty Center Victory of the season.
"It was great, especially having the home crowd there and kind of doing it for them. Having them stand up at the game point and all standing... Even in that first set where it took four balls to get that game point. They would just keep on cheering. We wanted to do it for them. It was really nice for them having our back the whole time," said Weber.
"It was really nice to have that support. It's amazing because they come out of their daily routines to come watch us play. We just want to perform for them," said Upchurch.
"It's two hours of their time they take out of their day to watch us and that's awesome," said Weber.
Another week means another People's Champion for the I-5, and this time it was an offensive Lineman getting some recognition.
Eielson's Mason Johnson won the poll with 50% of the vote.
The senior offensive lineman lines up in the backfield and takes full advantage of the opportunity.
He takes the hand-off and runs through four defenders on his way to the endzone.
He then celebrates his 15 yard touchdown the old fashioned way.