FAIRBANKS, Alaska - The Alaska Nanooks volleyball program is preparing for their final home stretch for this year down at the Patty Center.
The Nanooks come into this GNAC match-up 9-7 in the league, and they are currently sitting at fourth in the conference.
The Nooks have made huge strides from last season when they finished at 5-15.
They will face the Saint Martin's Saints, who are 2-14 and are at the bottom of the GNAC.
The Saints will look to avenge their loss to the Nooks on their home court when they were swept.
The key players in this match-up could shape this series, and for the Nanooks that would be Kim Wong and her ability to rack up numbers in blocks.
For the Saints, it will be their tandem of Lilani Kamaka and Megan Vernoy who both combined for 36 kills in their last victory against the Northwest Nazarene Nighthawks last Thursday.
Now for the keys of the game.
First, set up the blocks quickly to derail the Saints' offense.
The last time these two teams faced, Kim Wong had 10 blocks as Alaska had 28 in total.
Second, keep the defense fluid.
And lastly, focus on the serves.
The Nooks are extremely successful this season when it comes to their serves.
"I'm just looking forward to seeing us as a team grow a little bit more," said Head Coach Brian Scott; "taking each match what did we learn from that, putting it into practice and getting better from it, we had a tough loss at Concordia, this last weekend, they played great, but it was hard for us to rebound from that, and we did really well. And I actually thought Western Oregon kind of started to like the first four, five points kind of started out that way and we took a little timeout and w had a talk, and everyone remembered what it felt like just the other night, and you know we rebounded from that fast."