Rams get emotional win on senior night

FAIRBANKS-It was senior night for the Monroe Rams volleyball team. The North Pole Patriots visited Boileau Hall for the second nonconference game on the Interior volleyball schedule. The two Rams seniors Jackie Lemons and Maiya Tompkins were honored before the game.

Once it started it was North Pole who struck first coming out with the energy taking the first set 25-17. Taylor Ferber set the tone with a team high six kills for North Pole. Meagan Smith added five for the Patriots as well.

Marissa King and the Rams regrouped and matched the Patriots energy and served better. King led the way with a game high 18 kills and served a number for points for the Rams.

"After Hutch-I think it was a good thing Hutch beat us because it definitely like, set us a tone. So we just need work harder in practice and keep improving," King said.

Brianna Lundgren came away with eight blocks and 10 kills. Emily Pfister was right there with King offensively with 16 kills. The seniors on the backrow-Lemons and Tompkins combined for 32 digs.

After dropping the opening set the Rams won the next three sets 25-20, 25-16, and 25-11 for a 3-1 win. Monroe is now 13-1 and the Patriots are 4-8 overall.

This senior night was special for the Rams and Tompkins and Lemons who were overcome with emotion after the win. They said they were playing for teammate Sabrina Mariutto who was recognized before the game. It would've been Mariutto's senior night but she passed away from cancer last summer.

"Finishing the year off with my best friend is amazing and having a reason to play for Sabrina like, having her here, like playing for her is probably like the greatest feeling ever," Lemons said. "It's supposed to be her senior night too and it's sad she can't be here so I'm glad we could play it out for her."
Tompkins commented on Lemons leading them defensively and is pumped for the last part of the season.

"Jackie is amazing with her talking. The whole back row flows when everyone talks. We work really well together when we have momentum. We just have to keep it up. We look forward to the next tournaments coming [up]. We want to win some," Tompkins said.