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Making a big splash this year

Bente Heller swimming freestyle

Bente Heller swims the 100 freestyle against California Baptist University.  

The Nanook swim team is speeding up the ranks with their fast swims this year. After only four swim meets the pool and team records have been falling. The Nanooks have broken six pool records and four team records. The UAF swim team is currently ranked 19th in the nation. They have multiple swimmers individually ranked. Bente Heller is seeded in the top five in four events.

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Point 'Nooks

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The Nanooks had great energy during their match against Montana State-Billings. They won their first home match 3-2. The 'Nooks won the first set 25-21, lost the second 22-25, won the third 25-20, lost the forth 21-25 and came back for the win 15-8.

Image of Jordyn Montgomery celebrating

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Seawolves upset the 'Nooks

Nanook fans get ready for the volleyball game to start

Nanook fans are painted and ready for the arch-rival UAA Seawolves! Even though the Nanooks came out with plenty of energy and drive it wasn't quite enough to take on the Seawolves. UAA swept the Nanooks 3-0 on Saturday night. They lost their first game 27-25, the second game was 25-21 and the third was 25-13. 

Nannook volleyball player Becky Martin sets the ball to Jaxon Hill

Reilly Stevens spikes the ball

     

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Nanooks played hard against the Wolves

Nanook volleyball players Morgan Tebbs and Karlee Skalla block a hit
The Nanooks started off strong winning the first two matches against the Western Oregon Wolves, but the Wolves came back to win the next three matches taking the win 3-2. Nanook player Jordyn Montgomery dives for the ball during the second match. Morgan Tebbs and Karlee Skalla block the Wolves during the third match. 

Nanook volleyball player Jordyn Montgomery dives for the ball

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'Nooks ready for the season

Image of Nanook Volleyball team gathering before their match

Coming off a 7-17 season the Nanooks figure they can't go anywhere but up in 2011. The UAF's volleyball team competes in the Great Northwest Athletic Conference.

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Assault on the Adrenaline

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We always show up early on game day, often times to the dismay of my wife and kids.  But my favorite part of a Grizzlies football game always happens before the game starts.

After pre-game stretching and drills are finished, the players take a lap around the field.  Kids and adults alike wait eagerly by the wall for the players to pass by offering high-5’s and words of encouragement.  I had never seen this kind of interaction between players and fans before at any kind of sporting event.

For me, this is the defining moment of the game; the unification of what has become known as, “GRIZZ NATION”.

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