FAIRBANKS—The West Valley Wolfpack overcame an aggressive Hutchison Hawks squad to pull out a five-set victory in Tuesday’s nonconference high school volleyball game at Hutchison.
“We hung with West Valley all of the first four games and we weren’t real pleased with that fifth game,” Hutchison head coach Linda Bode said by telephone. “We expect to take lessons off this and come back a lot stronger.”
West Valley won the first set 25-21, and Hutchison took the second 25-22. West Valley grabbed a 25-16 win in the third set and Hutchison responded with a 25-20 win to force the fifth set, won 15-3 by the Wolfpack.
“They showed great,” West Valley coach Dave Cox said of his team. “We played them (Hutchison) this weekend (at the West Valley Invitational) and we knew they were not going to give up. We were pretty much battling the whole time.”
At North Pole, the host Patriots collected their first win of the season, downing the Lathrop Malemutes 25-17, 22-25, 25-22, 26-24 in the Mid Alaska Conference opener for both teams.
The Wolfpack delivered 21 aces, led by seven from Song Ebbesen, who also finished 23 for 24 in serving.
Tori Howdeshell provided five aces among her 16-for-17 serving and Courtney Cox had four aces while going 17 for 18 from the service line.
The Wolfpack, 2-1 overall, got eight kills from Nora Troppman and seven apiece form Samantha Crawford and Lauren Slate. Crawford also registered five blocks and Jessie Martellaro recorded three.
Outside and opposite hitter Jessica Speed generated nine kills and dispensed 11 assists while playing setter.
Caroline Everts served one ace but the setter was perfect (24 for 24) and she also produced 14 assists.
The 1-1 Hawks begin Aurora Conference play Thursday with a 5 p.m. game against the visiting Galena Hawks.
Head coach Tina Ferringer’s Patriots achieved some goals while ending a three-game losing streak.
“One was to have one or zero serving errors, but we didn’t quite reach that goal,” Ferringer said. “The other goal was to hit .200 (percentage) and and our outside hitters were really putting the ball down.”
Outside hitters Hannah Sponseller and Amanda Styers fueled the Patriots attack and middle blocker Kayla Ching was strong at hitting and serving, and libero Kelly Musgraves was solid at digs and in serving for the Patriots (1-0 Mid Alaska, 1-3 overall).
The winless Malemutes (0-1, 0-5) got 15 kills from riight-side hitter Chris Angell and 13 from outside hitter Mikayla Triplehorn. Middle blocker Ruthie Hebard contributed six kills and four blocks and Angell and setter Abbi Walker each provided 13 assists.
“We came out really strong. Even in the third game, we were up 15-9,” Lathrop coach Joe Donoghue said. “We had 21 hitting errors and that’s what killed us. When you only lose by two points here and there, that kind of makes a difference.”
Lalthrop plays at a tournament in Valdez this weekend while North Pole is idle until Tuesday’s Mid Alaska game against West Valley.
Contact staff writer Danny Martin at 459-7586.