High School volleyball returns to the court with action-packed weekend

Published: Sep. 21, 2020 at 8:20 PM AKDT
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Members of the Fairbanks North Star Borough School District got the green light to return to action last week, which made for a busy weekend of high school volleyball.

North Pole

North Pole, the reigning Mid Alaska Conference champions, are looking to defend their crown as the best team in the Interior. Through the early stages in the season, they are looking like they have picked up right where they left off last season. The Patriots began the weekend by hosting the Eielson Ravens on Friday. North Pole made quick work of the Ravens, rattling off a 25-13, 25-17, 25-11 victory in three sets. On Saturday, they welcomed the Grace Christian Grizzlies to their home court. A pair of seniors led the way in North Pole’s three set win (25-19, 25-17, 25-19). Kinley Erickson had a team-high 13 kills and Ainsley Smith dished out 19 assists, none of which were greater than the one that came in the final set. In a last ditch effort, Smith stuck her foot out for a kick save, which went right into Erickson’s wheelhouse, where she finished off the top play with a kill.

“I guess I was just seeing a tip and I was just not low enough so I kind of just stuck out my foot and it worked," Smith said of the play. “I was just like, ‘wow we actually did it.'”

The Patriots remain undefeated on the young season and will visit Hutchison on Tuesday.

“It is just good to be able to compete again, especially against other teams." Smith added.

Other Action

Later that same Saturday, it was Monroe Catholic’s turn to host Grace Christian. The two squads traded sets, where a decisive fifth and final set was necessary. The Rams were able to close it out on their home court (25-21, 21-25, 25-22, 23-25, 15-11), sending the Grizzlies home 0-2. Sophomore Sophia Stepovich led the way with 11 kills and six blocks, while Tia Campanelli had nine kills, 12 aces, six blocks and 10 service aces for a complete game. The Rams will host Eielson on Tuesday.

Delta hosted the Valdez Bucaneers Friday, falling in four sets 25-20, 19-25, 25-27, 23-25.


Tennis also returned to the courts Friday, where West Valley defeated North Pole 5-2.

Boys Singles: (WV) Axton Siekmann over (NP) Wilson Wade: 6-0, 6-0

Boys Singles: (WV) Connor Ilgenfritz over (NP) Aaron Ziesel: 6-3, 2-1 (match cut short due to darkness)

Boys Doubles: (WV) Aidan Payan/Kade Rowland over (NP) Wilson Wade/Aaron Zeisel: 6-3, 6-1

Girls Singles: (NP) Grace Sikorski over (WV) Astrid Anderson: 6-0, 4-0 (match cut short due to darkness)

Girls Singles: (WV) Zoe Schneider over (NP) Naya Derendorf: 6-3, 6-1

Girls Doubles: (NP) Grace Sikorski/Sarah Beaver over (WV) Samantha Stark/June Wallace: 6-3, 6-2

Mixed Doubles: Cole Neal/Klara Kondrak over (NP) Joel Dedham/ Daniella Conkey: 6-0, 6-1

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