FAIRBANKS—Hutchison head coach Linda Bode didn’t always see sharp play from the Hawks, but she saw resiliency against the Delta Junction Huskies in Tuesday night’s Aurora Conference volleyball game at Hutchison High School.
The Hawks swept 25-18, *25-21, 25-21 to improve to 2-3 in conference action and 3-3 overall.
“We would lose a lead and be down three or four points, but they just rallied and came up and did it,” Bode said by phone. “They played OK tonight,” they were not their sharpest, but they definitely showed they can catch up and close out a game.”
Jessica Speed led the Hawks with seven kills and the senior outside hitter/setter contributed eight assists. Sophomore setter Caroline Everts provided 12 assists and chipped in four kills. Fellow sophomore Anna Lee Tidwell came off the bench in the third set to produce four kills and effective setting.
The Hawks have been working on defense and Bode saw progress last weekend during conference losses at Valdez.
“We’re making sure that everyone’s playing their positions and everyone is talking,” she said. “We also keep working on everyone’s skill sets as far as hitting goes. We keep working a lot on the fundamentals so they become second nature.”
Hutchison plays at 6 p.m. Friday at Eielson, which was swept by unbeaten Monroe Catholic on Tuesday.
The Rams (5-0, 8-0) made the most of a defensive battle against the Ravens on Eielson Air Force Base, winning 25-17, 25-11, *25-18.
“It was a great spectator game, but from the coaches’ standpoint, it was a little stressful,” Monroe Catholic head coach Mike Lessley said by phone. “Both teams were making great saves and neither side could put the ball away. It kept both coaches on the edge of their seats.”
Eielson coach Dana Baugh agreed.
“Both teams scrapped really well, but their coverage was just a little bit better. They’re an excellent coverage team,” she said. “We had a lot of good rallies because we both kept digging up the balls.”
Freshman outside hitter Emily Pfister led the Rams with six kills; sophomore middle hitters Alyssa Norris and Brittany Johnson had four apiece; and sophomore outside hitter Marissa King contributed three.
Junior libero Myaia Tompkins had a strong effort in the back row for the Rams, who play at 6 tonight in a nonconference game at West Valley.
Eielson (2-3, 5-4) was led Tuesday by the play of three seniors. Outside hitter Nikki Gaikowski had four kills while setter Sarah Fry was strong in front court and defensively, and libero Marissa Sanders was consistent in digging.
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