FAIRBANKS—The Monroe Catholic High School volleyball team held off Lathrop’s late burst and swept the Malemutes in a nonconference game Tuesday night in Boileau Hall.
Monroe, aided by 17 assists from Delainey Stokes and 13 from Andi Clark, prevailed 25-10, 25-8, 26-24 for its ninth victory in its first 10 games of the 2012 season.
“The first two games we played very, very well, and I’m happy with Delainey and Andi,” Rams head coach Mike Lessley said by phone. “They really mixed it (sets) up to the hitters and kept Lathrop on its heels.”
Lathrop head coach Joe Donoghue changed his lineup for the third set, particularly moving setter Chris Angell to outside hitter.
“It brough the team out of its shell, they started playing aggressively,” Donoghue said by phone. “In the first two games, we were not focusing mentally on what we needed to do to put the ball on the floor.”
Lessley noticed the revamped Malemutes, too.
“Lathrop is a scrappy bunch, they didn’t give up in the third game,” he said. “They played us very tough and forced us into committing a lot of unforced errors. But I was really proud of our seniors — Mia Obermeyer, Brittany Johnson, Delainey Stokes and Carmel Loud. Those four stepped up and got us through that that third game.”
Monroe, which plays in a tournament Friday at Grace Christian in Anchorage, got 10 kills from Clark, nine apiece from Emily Pfister and Marissa King, five from Loud and three from Johnson.
Lathrop (1-9) got 12 digs and five kills from Angell, and 12 digs from Mikayla Triplehorn, who served for nine points. Abbi Walker had 10 assists to go with four service points, while Emily Krier provided seven digs and Ruthie Hebard contributed four kills.
Lathrop returns to action Oct. 11 at West Valley in a Mid Alaska Conference game.
West Valley, led by four players with 20 or more digs, improved to 3-0 in Mid Alaska action with Tuesday’s four-set victory at North Pole.
The Wolfpack won 25-16, 25-17 in the first two sets before the Patriots collected a 25-17 win in the third set. West Valley pulled out a *25-23 in the fourth.
“We got several blocks and our attackers started getting points,’’ West Valley coach Dave Cox said of the fourth set. “In game 3, a lot of our attacks were straight at people. In game 4, we started hitting gaps and our passing improved.”
Tori Howdeshell registered 25 digs, Emma Benjamin had 22 and Katherine Alexander and Christina Bussell chipped in 21 each.
Jessica Rice led West Valley (7-2 overall) with 13 kills, Jessie Martellaro followed with 11 and Lauren Slater had eight. Rice also had four blocks, sharing the team lead with Samantha Crawford.
Missy Spaulding dispensed 28 assists and served 25 for 26 with five aces. Benjamin went 16 for 17 with three aces and Bussell was 16 for 16 with an ace.
Kayla Ching had 10 kills and registered a .350 attack percentage for the Patriots, who also got nine kills and .467 percentage from Hannah Sponseller. Taylor Ferber contributed six solo bocks and five kills.
“We started off pretty flat, then started picking it up late in the second game,’’ North Pole coach Tina Ferringer said. “We competed hard in the third and fourth games. Next time we need to compete a little sooner.”