FAIRBANKS-Already mid October and there is a Mid Alaska Conference regular season champion. The West Valley Wolfpack were at Lathrop and the Wolfpack were able to put away the Malemutes in a tough sweep 25-23, 25-12, 25-21.
Senior Lauren Slater was strategic at the net hitting around Lathrop's block for six kills. Sophomore Stella Knox had a game high nine kills for West Valley. Senior outside hitter Samantha Crawford chipped in seven kills and seven blocks.
Lathrop sophomore Karli Fitzgerald tried to dig her team out of deficits with a game high 18. Song Ebbesen led Lathrop with five kills and two blocks.
West Valley is 4-0 in the MAC and 6-2 overall. The four wins were enough to claim their fifth straight MAC title. He was grateful, however,West Valley head coach Dave Cox doesn't actually prefer having a bye in the region tournament.
"It's nice to have, I guess, just for records sake but all that does is give us a number one seed which means we get a night off the first night while the other to teams get to get their jitters out. I'd almost rather play the first night so that we can get the feel of the big competition," Cox said.
"We did good, we need to really work on our talking," Slater said. "We completely fall apart when we stop talking and it really showed during our passing and everything so I think we did great. We won in three games, that was one of our goals."
Lathrop head coach Joe Doonghue and his team will battle with North Pole for the two seed in the MAC but was encouraged by his team's effort.
"You know, we went down but we never said 'we're done' and to me that says more about the team than anything because previously we always struggled with that," Donoghue said.
MONROE WINS 12TH STRAIGHT
The Ravens they played the Monroe Rams last night pretty tough but the undefeated Rams were still able to get the sweep. The score was 25-22, 25-23, 25-18 in favor of Monroe. The Rams are now 12-0 overall and 8-0 in the Aurora Conference.
Spalding Bristow had eight kills and six blocks for the Rams. Brianna Lundgren also added five kills and five blocks. Katie Browder did a bit of everything with 18 digs, 3 kills and 2 aces to lead Eielson.
Next for Monroe is a road game against Hutch tomorrow at 6 p.m. The Ravens host the Hutchison Hawks on Friday.