Interior teams fall in state volleyball tournament

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FAIRBANKS, Alaska - The second round of the state championship volleyball tournament began last night with quarterfinal matchups.
In the 3A bracket, Monroe Catholic took on the Grace Christian Grizzlies, who swept the Mount Edgecumbe Braves to get there.
Grace was then able to sweep Monroe by scores of 25-11, 25-21, and 25-17.
That was Monroe's first loss of the tournament, sending them down to consolation play.
On the other side of the 3a bracket, the defending state champion Valdez Buccaneers were defeated 3-1 by the Nikiski Bulldogs in what may be the tournaments biggest upset thus far.
Those contests set up tonight's semi-final contest between Grace and Nikiski.
In the 4A bracket, South Anchorage and Dimond, two teams who have won every 4A state title since 2004, met after winning their first round matchups.
The Undefeated Dimond Lynx advanced to tonight's semi-final game with a sweep over the Wolverines, where they will meet West Anchorage.
Day two of the Tournament began this morning.
After falling in their first round Matchup last night, West Valley had to play Thunder Mountain in consolation play, which unfortunately brought an end to their tournament stay.
Thunder Mountain won the first set 26-24, but the Wolfpack responded for a 25-19 win in the second.
The Falcons were able to respond with wins in the final two sets to secure their victory, winning the third set 25-18 and the fourth 25-23.
In the 3A Bracket, the Monroe Catholic Rams faced the Homer Mariners late this afternoon in a consolation matchup.
This one went to five sets, but the Rams just missed out on a semi-final berth in the consolation bracket.
Homer won the first set 25-19, but Monroe responded with a 25-21 win in the second and a 25-20 victory in the third.
Homer forced a fifth set with a 25-16 effort in the fourth, and then ended Monroe Catholic's tournament stay with a heartbreaking 15-13 win.