FAIRBANKS — The Monroe Catholic Rams remained unbeaten Tuesday after they withstood a late surge by Hutchison to sweep the host Hawks in an Aurora Conference high school volleyball game.
Monroe gained a 25-12, 25-6, 25-21 victory to raise its record to 2-0 Aurora and 6-0 overall.
Also Tuesday, Eielson swept visiting Delta Junction in another Aurora contest and host West Valley swept North Pole in Mid Alaska Conference play.
Rams head coach Mike Lessley said his team stressed defense in its last two practices before heading to Hutchison High School.
“Our philosophy on defense is that three quarters of the earth is covered with water and one quarter is covered by Monroe defense,” Lessley said during a telephone interview.
“We did a great job of blocking tonight,” he added. “Our setters did a great job of mixing things up in the front line and I think it caused problems for Hutchison’s defense.”
Marissa King provided 12 kills and four block kills, while Rams teammate Alyssa Norris had seven kills and four block kills, and Brittany Johnson produced five blocks and three block kills. Emily Pfister had nine kills and Delainey Stokes had 12 assists.
Andi Clark led Monroe with 17 assists, and contributed six blocks and two block kills.
The Rams served 98 percent for the night.
“Mia Obermeyer just burned us on her serves,” Hutchison coach Linda Bode said of the Rams defensive specialist. “I think in the second game she served six (points) in a row, and it put us in a deep hole right from the start. It took the wind out of our sails.”
Jessica Speed had six kills for the Hawks (1-1, 1-4). Speed and Caroline Everts also had strong setting efforts.
Hannah Brewer and Sydney Ellsworth had respective serving streaks of nine and seven points to help the Eielson Ravens to a 25-19, 25-19, 25-15 win over the Delta Junction Huskies.
Katie Browder provided 11 digs while Larissa Franklin had six kills and Jasmine Williams laid down five for the Ravens (2-2, 4-3).
Eielson coach Dana Baugh said her team picked up Tuesday where it left off last week in exhibition games at Sitka and Mount Edgecumbe.
“We were better at looking at what the opponent gave us and reading the court and putting them all down,” said Baugh.
N. Pole-W. Valley
West Valley emerged from a back-and-forth contest with a 25-21, 28-26, 25-20 victory over the North Pole Patriots.
“One thing about my girls that impressed me is they don’t give up anymore,” Cox said. “In the tournament in Valdez, we came from behind the final day and it carried over. We just need to work on our consistency.”
A key Tuesday for West Valley (1-0 Mid Alaska, 3-1 overall) was its serving. Courtney Cox went 12 for 12 with an ace; Missy Spaulding was 8 for 9 with an ace; Lauren Slater got 9 of 11 with an ace; and Tori Howdeshell served 18 points among her 20 attempts.
Slater also led the Wolfpack with 11 kills out of 23 attempts, while Samanth Crawford was 8 for 14 in kills and had nine total blocks, with four for kills. Jessica Rice had five kills and Jessie Martellaro’s four blocks included three for kills.
Song Ebbesen had a team-best 14 assists while Courtney Cox had five. Emma Benjamin recorded 10 digs while Christina Bussell had seven and Howdeshell six.
West Valley was runner-up last weekend in the Valdez Invitational.
Megan Smith registered a .250 hitting percentage Tuesday for North Pole while providing four kills and four blocks, and Taylor Ferber hit .125 with four kills and she registered five blocks for the Patriots