The UAA volleyball team will return to action next month for a brief spring season that includes four matches against UAF.
Matches against other teams are also expected to be on UAA’s schedule, which hasn’t been officially announced. UAA’s four matches against the Nanooks appear on UAF’s 10-match schedule released Tuesday.
The Alaska schools will play March 5-6 at the Patty Center in Fairbanks and March 26-27 in Anchorage.
No spectators will be allowed at the Patty Center matches, according to UAF athletics.
Details about the matches in Anchorage, including whether spectators will be allowed, were not available Tuesday.
The Great Northwest Athletic Conference regular season was canceled last fall due to COVID-19, and there will be no conference season this spring either. Schools are being allowed to play a limited nonconference season if they choose to.
“It has been a difficult year dealing with COVID and trying to train and improve. We are very grateful to UAF and our administration for this opportunity to compete and develop,” UAF coach Brian Scott said in a statement released by the Fairbanks school. “This shortened season allows all of our athletes to get valuable game-like repetitions. It will make us a better team for a normal GNAC schedule in the fall.”
UAF will play 10 matches. After hosting UAA, the Nanooks will travel to California for one match against Biola University and one against Concordia-Irvine on March 8-9.
They’ll host Northwest Nazarene on March 19-20, travel to UAA for the March 26-27 matches and finish the season April 2-3 in Nampa, Idaho, with two more matches against Northwest Nazarene.