FAIRBANKS — The Monroe Catholic Rams outlasted the Eielson Ravens in three straight sets in Aurora Conference volleyball action Monday night at Boileau Hall, but there was nothing easy about the victory.
Monroe Catholic won the match 25-22, 25-3, 25-22.
“One of our problems is we were in double figures in unforced errors, and at this time in the season that it not good,” Monroe Catholic coach Mike Lessley said after the Rams improved to 6-0 on the season and 10-1 overall.
Lessley credited the Ravens defense for forcing Monroe’s mistakes.
“Eielson has a good defensive team and their attack kept us on our heels,” Lessley said. “As a result, we were making bad decisions. Eielson played a little smarter at times.”
The Ravens had leads late in each match only to see the Rams come roaring back.
“We just couldn’t close the door at the end,” said Eielson coach Dana Baugh.
Emily Pfister led the Rams with 13 kills and Marissa King delivered 11. Alyssa Norris added six kills for the winners. Andi Clark and Delainey Stokes registered 15 and 12 assists, respectively.
Lessley also credited Car’mel Loud and Pfister with smart play at the net.
Sarah Friday had seven assists and was 16 for 17 serving for Eielson, while teammate Nikki Gaikowski had six kills, a block and was 14 for 14 serving.
Jazzmyn Williams moved to the middle in the second and third games and registered four kills for the Ravens.
Monroe Catholic will play in the Delta Junction tournament this weekend, while Eielson will travel to Anchorage to play in the Dimond/Service Tournament.
Two members of the small schools football state champion Eielson Ravens earned special honors when the Great Alaska Conference all-conference team was announced, while four Interior players earned special awards for the Class 4A Railbelt Conference.
Inside linebacker Wyatt Dunlap was named Defensive Player of the Year for anchoring Eielson’s 9-0 season, while David DeVaughn was named Coach of the Year.
Other special Great Alaska honors went to players from runner-up Nikiski. Stephen Hartley was named Offensive Player of the Year and Lincoln Johnson was chosen as Lineman of the Year.
For the Railbelt Conference, North Pole’s Moo Rogers earned Offensive Player of the Year honors and West Valley defensive back Charles Sudduth earned the Defensive Player of the Year award.
West Valley’s Riley Hinz was named the top punter in the conference and Lathrop’s Hunter Desmond was the top kick returner.
League champion Palmer earned four awards — Rod Christiansen was named Coach of the Year, Keith Armstrong was Assistant Coach of the Year, Cole Frohling was Lineman of the Year and Luke Heun was Utility Player of the Year.
Juneau’s Jackson Lehnert was the kicking specialist and Wasilla’s Austin Ring was the top long snapper.
Complete lists of all-conference teams are in today’s Sports Scoreboard on Page D2.
Six Hutchison High wrestlers earned place awards as the Hawks finished fifth in the eight-team Valdez Invitational high school wrestling tournament in snowy Valdez.
Jesse Roehl led the way for the Hawks with a second-place finish in the 285-pound division.
Elijah Evans, 98 pounds, and Ryan Medrano, 160, both earned third-place finishes in their respective weight classes.
Fourth-place awards went to Emmy Stern (113), Matthew Beckwith (170) and Andrew Hoffman (182).
The Lathrop Malemutes swept last week’s high school rifle match from the West Valley Wolfpack.
The Malemutes won the smallbore match 2,021-1,866 and the air rifle match 2,153-2,012.
Kasey Barnes led the Malemutes in both disciplines with a personal best 571 in air rifle and a 542 in the smallbore event.
Other Lathrop shooters in air rifle were JT Schnering with a 546, Brittany Bennett with a 527 and Connor Gilman with a 510,
Rounding out Lathrop’s smallbore team were Gilman with a 511, Schnering with a 494 and Liam Eberhart with a 474.
Nicole Plummer topped West Valley’s air rifle team with a 543, followed by a personal best 410 from Connor Soden, a 492 from Phillip Wilson and a 467 from Quetzal, Luebke-Laroque.
Plummer also had West Valley’s top smallbore score of 496. Wilson posted a 490, Mathew East came in at 484 and Jesse Barrett registered a 398.
West Valley will shoot against Hutchison Friday night in a face-to-face air rifle match at the Tanana Valley Sportsman’s Association range.