Monroe stays undefeated, West Valley wins MAC opener

FAIRBANKS-Two undefeated volleyball teams-Monroe and Hutchison someone had to lose. The Rams beat Hutch twice in the West Valley Invitational this past weekend but this third meeting goes in the wins and loss column. Would the third time be the charm for Hutch?

Well the first set was an indication. The Hawks were solid with a 25-19 win. Monroe had more errors than kills to start things. But Monroe fought back in the second set jumping out to an 8-1 lead. Then Marissa King stymied the Hawks who were trying rally in the set. King went off with three straight kills to lead Monroe's 25-22 second set win.

The Rams would not look back winning the next two sets 25-13 for the 3-1 win in Boileau Hall. The Rams had nine aces- our of them from Emily Pfister who had 12 kills. King also had 12 kills.

Monroe is 6-0 and 3-0 in the Aurora conference. Hutch is now 4-1 and 2-1 in conference.

Hawks head Coach Linda Bode saw multiple players struggling at the same time.

"We can do alright if one or two struggle. We can take care of that. But when more struggle and key players on our team do that then we're going to have a hard time. And we're going to have a really hard time with Monroe because they're a top team," Bode said.
 
King made timely plays for Monroe and believes that the fact that they defeated another undefeated team in their conference means a lot for the team moving forward.

"It says that we really like, know how to show the effort and like we don't give up even though we beat em' we''re not cocky." King added, "We know that like, they're a good team. We need to go out and work hard."
 
Rams head coach Dave Obermeyer noticed his team was bit off to start this contest between two unbeaten teams. They found a way to win.

"We came out flat. The girls' anticipation kind of got em'," Obermeyer said. "I was telling them we have to weather these storms. If we do that then we're going to be fine and we just kept attacking and that's all we did."

WEST VALLEY SWEEPS NORTH POLE

There was another volleyball matchup on the West side of town last night. The West Valley Wolfpack took on the North Pole Patriots at home in the MAC conference opener for the netters.

It was back and forth early on between the two teams but West Valley got some separation and would win the first set 25-15. West Valley would go on to earn a tough sweep of the Patriots winning set two 27-25 and 25-23 in the third.

The Wolfpack overcame 39 errors for the win. Jessica Rice was on point with seven kills, 10 blocks and no errors to lead the Wolfpack. Rice combined with Audrey Freeman for an incredible rally that ended up in a point. It was a i5 nominee play.

Amanda Styers had 12 digs for North Pole and Megan Smith had a team high five kills. The Patriots drop to 2-3 overall and 0-1 in the MAC. West Valley is 2-1 overall and 1-0 in conference.