FAIRBANKS — The Hutchison Hawks completed the high school volleyball season on a high note, sweeping past the Glennallen Panthers in a nonconference match Saturday afternoon.
The Hawks got stronger with each set, posting a 26-16, 26-15, 25-10 victory.
“It was a good team effort and a good way to end the regular season,” said Hutchison coach Linda Bode.
Jessica Speed and Emily Tidwell led the Hawks offensive attack with six kills apiece. Hutchison had 21 total kills.
Michaela Heyrend paced the defensive effort with four blocks.
The victory enabled the Hawks to finish the regular season with an 8-7 record.
Hutchison will host the six-team, double-elimination Aurora Conference tournament Friday and Saturday.
The Monroe Catholic Rams lost in four sets to the Valdez Buccaneers for the second straight day in the regular season-ending Aurora Conference series in Boileau Hall.
The Rams, who lost 25-18, 25-22, 14-25, 25-13, finished the regular season at 7-2 conference and 10-3 overall, and will be the No. 2 seed and have a first-round bye in the Aurora Conference Tournament. The double-elimination conference tournament takes place Friday and Saturday at Hutchison.
“The bottom line is we were playing a good team and you cannot give them points,” Rams head coach Mike Lessley said by telephone of Valdez. “In game three, we played our style and we gave them very few points. In the other three games, we played well but we gave them too many points on unforced errors.”
The Rams were led by 13 kills from Marissa King and 12 from Emily Pfister. Alyssa Norris provided seven blocks, all for points, and Brittany Johnson had five kills and two blocks for points. Andi Clark distributed 12 assists and Delainey Stokes had 10 assists.
Monroe is scheduled to play at 4:45 p.m. Friday against the winner of the first-round match between the third and sixth-seeded teams. No. 1-seed Valdez (9-0 conference) plays Friday against the winner of the match between the fourth and fifth seeds.
The top two teams in the Aurora tournament advance to the Class 3A state tournament in Wasilla on Nov. 8-10.
West Valley head coach Dave Cox had seen Palmer this season in tournaments and in other seasons, so he wasn’t surprised that the Moose swept the host Wolfpack 25-13, 25-17, 25-8 in the nonconference contest.
“Palmer is a tough team,” Cox said. “They run a very quick offense and they turn things around on you very quickly, and they play with confidence.”
Palmer also posted sweeps of Lathrop on Thursday and North Pole on Friday.
No statistics were available for Saturday’s match, which was the second straight loss for the Wolfpack, who fell in five sets to Lathrop on Tuesday in the Mid Alaska Conference finale for both teams.
West Valley, 4-2 Mid Alaska and 9-5 overall, is the top seed and host for the Mid Alaska Conference Tournament on Friday and Saturday. Second-seeded North Pole faces third-seeded Lathrop at 6 p.m. Friday and the winner plays for the title against West Valley at 3 p.m. Saturday.
The Mid Alaska Conference champion heads to Wasilla for the Class 4A state tournament on Nov. 8-10.