The Alaska State Volleyball Tournament starts today with Monroe Catholic and North Pole representing the interior. So, for the teams that didn’t make it to state and in recognition of those two squads’ efforts to advance to state, we present the All-Fairbanks Volleyball team.
TT Tagovailoa, Lathrop
There is a legitimate argument to be made that Tagovailoa is the best individual volleyball player in the interior. The junior was sensational this season with 74 kills, 23 aces, eight blocks and 93 digs. The scariest thing for the rest of the interior is that she’s only a junior.
Serenity Fa’asao, Lathrop
The Malemutes were up 2-0 in the MAC Regional Championship game when Fa’Asao had to leave with a head injury. They weren’t the same after her departure, showing just how massive her impact is. The freshman setter finishes the season with 11 kills, 22 aces, 24 digs and 102 assists. The fact that she still has another three years to play should terrify the rest of the MAC.
Jordyne Vivlamore, West Valley
Wolfpack head coach Dave Cox nominated Vivlamore for the team and it’s easy to understand why. The senior was outstanding this year with 23 kills, nine aces, four blocks and 59 digs.
Jackie Bolinger, West Valley
Cox was also quick to nominate Bolinger. The senior had 30 kills this season, 24 aces, 11 blocks, 74 digs and 122 assists. With a stat line like that, it’s easy to understand why she was chosen.
Delaney Ott, Monroe Catholic
You could pick just about anyone from the Rams’ impressive lineup and they’d be worthy of selection. Ott seemed to stuff the stat sheet in every known category night in and night out. She’ll be leading the Rams this weekend and she’ll be back next year for more as well.
Casey Elterman, Monroe Catholic
The lone senior for the Rams has also been their best defensive player this season. A vocal leader, Elterman has earned her spot at the state tournament and on the All-Fairbanks team.
Lindsey Elgin, North Pole
The Patriots sport six seniors that have been playing together since before high school. Any of them would be worthy selections, but the All-Conference setter has made a name for herself throughout the region.
Alivia Himebauch, North Pole
The Patriots may have been the best team in the interior this season and Himebauch was a big part of the reason why. When you look at the stat leaders from any individual game this season, Himebauch was usually right up near the top.
Rachel Holmly, Ben Eielson
The Ravens had one of their best seasons in years and Holmly was a big reason why. The sophomore put up 114 kills, 34 aces, 13 blocks and 207 digs this year in an outstanding effort.
Trinity Eliasen, Ben Eielson
Trinity’s sister Hope was also considered for this spot, but Trinity’s numbers were hard to ignore. 44 kills, 85 aces, 337 digs and 323 assists? You can’t leave someone like that off the list.
Grace Halbrooks, Hutchison
The Hawks didn’t win many games this year, but they grew more and more competitive as the year went on and Halbrooks was an enormous part of that. The senior was Hutchison’s finest player this season with 79 kills, 57 aces, 18 blocks and 249 digs this year.
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