FAIRBANKS—The Monroe Catholic Rams did it again Thursday night at Boileau Hall. After opening the high school volleyball season with a sweep of the Class 4A West Valley Wolfpack on Tuesday, the Class 3A Rams posted another homecourt sweep of 4A Lathrop by registering a 25-18, 25-9, 25-13 win against the Malemutes.
“We started off the first game doing a lot of standing,” said Monroe Catholic coach Mike Lessley. “We were a little sluggish and Lathrop caused us to make a lot of unforced errors.”
The Rams picked it up in games two and three to close out the match.
Delainey Stokes and Andi Clark set the table with 13 and eight assists, respectively, while Marissa King and Emily Pfister knocked down seven kills apiece. Alyssa Norris added six kills, while Brittany Norris had three kills and three blocks. Pfister also had 13 digs.
“Andi and Delainey did a great job of mixing up their sets in the second game,” Lessley said.
“Car’mel Loud was a very valuable part of our team tonight,” Lessley said. “She didn’t have the numbers, but she was a valuable part of our setting, digging and she made some key saves for us during the three games.”
Mikayla Triplehorn delivered five kills for the Malemutes and Davahnei Matautia added four. Abby Walker registered 14 assists.
First-year Lathrop coach Joe Donoghue, who coached Eielson to a 3A state tournament berth last season, was upbeat about the Malemutes performance Thursday night.
“It’s not the way we wanted to start, but we’re moving forward and I’m very happy with the way things went considering we have a whole new team and a new coach,” he said.
The Malemutes return just two players from last year’s squad that finished second in the Mid Alaska Conference tournament.
Monroe Catholic returns to the court at 6 p.m. Tuesday when it hosts 4A North Pole.
“Starting out with 4A schools will only make us better,” Lessley said. “We’ll see what little ol’ Monroe can do.”
Lathrop is back in action today, playing a 6 p.m. match at Donoghue’s old school, Eielson.
Contact the News-Miner sports department at 459-7581.