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ANCHORAGE-So close but yet so far. The Monroe Rams volleyball team almost won the 3A state title on Saturday.
Monroe defeated the Mt.Edgecumbe Braves in the state championship round in five sets to force the if necessary game, avenging their first loss of the season in the winner's bracket final on Friday night. The Rams won that contest 25-23, 18-25, 25-27, 25-23, 15-12.
The "if" game went to 30 points and the Rams forced extra points but the Braves came up with a 33-31 win and the 3A title. Both teams came into the tournament undefeated and their only losses were to each other.
For all-tournament picks West Valley's Nora Troppmann was selected in the 4A tournament. She had 22 kills in two games. Monroe's Marissa King, Andi Clark and Emily Pfister were all-state tournament selections. King tallied 73 kills during the tournament. Clark dished out 70 assists and added 21 kills. Pfister contributed 41 kills in tournament play.
Monroe head coach Dave Obermeyer was proud of his team.
"It was just an awesome match. I'm couldn't be any prouder of my girls. They never gave up. We were down a couple of sets by 10 and came back to win those games and that's what puts us into the if games," Obermeyer said. "We were right there and then it was like 'okay, let's see where it takes us' and you know. It didn't come out how we wanted but it was still awesome to watch and I will always remember this moment."