FAIRBANKS, Alaska (KTVF) The first UAF scrimmage among any of the sports is Volleyball Blue and Gold game Friday at 7 p.m. at the Patty Center.
The Nanooks saw several bright spots last season, posting its first winning record in 10 years when they went 14-13 overall and 12-8 in Great Northwest Athletic Conference play. Those 12 conference wins were its most since 2003, dating back 15 years.
The Nooks will be returning 10 players to it's roster and are also adding four newcomers.
"It's been a lot of fun in the gym," Fifth year head coach Brian Scott said. "Our competition level has definitely skyrocketed this year. I feel like we're really working hard. It's just going to be fun to be able to get out in front of some fans this weekend and to be able to compete. It always makes it a little bit more game like. Girls get kind of hyped up about going out there and doing it so we are excited for Blue and Gold."
One of the four newcomers is AveRee Reynolds. She is the lone transfer being added, coming from Easter Arizona College, where she was named a NCJAA First Team All-American.
"It's been super fun. We have a lot of girls in the gym that are very talented and very good. Just challenge each other and make each other better everyday," Reynolds said at practice. "I think it will be really exciting and we finally get to show what we have been working on in practice and in preseason and just have fun doing what we love."
The new addition who had to travel the furthest, was Sophie Schilling of Berlin, Germany.
"I'm so excited, because it's so far away. I think Alaska for me is the best place to do volleyball and to be because I love the winter, I love skiing, I love snow, so I am excited for that," Schilling said of her temporary home. "It's another spirit here than in Germany because it's more emotional and I love that, because everyone is fighting for every ball. Everyone is loud and it's a great team, I love it."
The Nanooks will host another scrimmage before the regular season, when they play the Alumni game August 31st. Their first official home match will be September 21, when they host in-state rival, the UAA Seawolves.
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