North Pole, Monroe eliminated from state volleyball tournament

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FAIRBANKS, Alaska (KTVF) The 2019 Alaska State Volleyball Tournament continued in Anchorage Friday, with two Interior teams looking to stay alive.

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Monroe

The Monroe Catholic Rams began their attempt to dig themselves out of the consolation with a match up against the Kotzebue Huskies Friday morning. The Rams took care of business, sweeping the Huskies 25-22, 25-14, 27-25. Kotzebue made strong pushes, but Monroe was able to fend them off and close out each set with timely attacks. This kept the Rams alive, setting themselves up with a matchup against the Sitka Wolves later in the day. In three nail-biting sets, Monroe was ultimately swept 25-22, 26-24, 25-20. The Rams kept the pressure, scoring at least 20 points in each set, including forcing extra points in the second. After falling to the Nikiski Bulldogs Thursday, the loss to the Wolves eliminated the Rams from the state tournament. It was still a successful season for Monroe, who was able to take back the Aurora Conference crown this year.

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North Pole

The North Pole Patriots also entered Friday's action looking to stay alive. They were paired up with the Soldotna Stars Friday, after falling to the Wasilla Warriors on Thursday. The Patriots threw their punches, but came up short, falling in three sets to the Stars 25-16, 25-16, 25-21. North Pole fought, dropping the final set by just four points, but Soldotna's attack was too much for the Patriots to overcome. With the loss, North Pole is also eliminated from the state tournament. However, it was a year to remember for the Patriots, who made their first appearance to the state tournament since 1989.