NORTH POLE/FAIRBANKS-Last night in the Interior the high school volleyball season is just about over. At North Pole high school the Patriots had senior night as their seven seniors were recognized before the game.
The Wolfpack were the visitors and took the first set 25-10. Stella Knox had a game high nine kills and five aces. Ruthie Hebard put up 13 blocks and Deenaalee Hodgden chipped in five kills for West Valley.
Styers had a team high six kills for the Patriots who tried to battle back but West Valley got the sweep winning the next two sets 25-18 spoiling the Patriots' senior night.
The Wolfpack improve to 9-2 overall and 5-0 in the MAC. The Patriots are 0-5 in the MAC conference and 4-10 overall.
Back in the Interior the Lathrop Malemutes hosted the Eielson Ravens. The two teams split the first two sets. The last two sets would be pretty close but the Malemutes would eventually get the edge.
Sophomore Libero Karli Fitzgerald and senior Song Ebbesen did their usual as Fitz had 17 digs and Song dished out 29 assists. The big pickup was freshman Cheyenne Dilbert who had a game high 14 kills for the Malemutes.
The Ravens were there throughout behind the play of Larissa Franklin's 18 digs and four kills. Katie Browder had 16 digs and three aces for Eielson as well.
But Lathrop gets a four set win and is now 4-4 overall while the Ravens drop to 3-9.
"We get into our heads a lot and it was the little things that messed us up and our energy level was kind of down so I think that kind of caused us the loss," Browder said. "But we're still working through it, all the little things because we're a new team."
Lathrop senior middle blocker Deshaunte West noted that the communication was what helped in the Malemutes win.
"It's all about talking to each other like, hey, hey calm down focus. Hey breathe. That's all we need to do breathe, focus on each other, be a team." West added, "it's not necessarily that it was a tough game it was that it was an off day but we had to pull it together. We're a team that's what we do."