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West Valley hands North Pole volleyball its first loss of the season

Published: Oct. 7, 2020 at 7:46 PM AKDT
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FAIRBANKS, Alaska (KTVF) -

Last November, the North Pole Patriots volleyball program claimed its first Mid Alaska Conference title in 30 years. Since then, the Patriots have rolled over every Fairbanks-area school, whether in their conference or in the Aurora, leading to a perfect record in 2020. North Pole was brought back down to earth Tuesday night when the West Valley Wolfpack defeated the Patriots in 4 sets (26-24, 12-25, 25-19, 25-22).

North Pole was one point away from closing out the first set when West Valley’s Sydney Dieringer stepped up to serve trailing 24-18. For eight consecutive points, the Wolfpack dug, dove and defended the net, rallying back to steal the opening set 26-24, setting the tone for a statement win over their MAC foes.

Defense in the first set, and throughout the match, propelled the Wolfpack to victory. Charlotte Curry (6) and Risa Heinrichs (5) combined for 11 blocks, while Skyler Wolf (10) and Pam Noll (8) collected 18 digs together.

On the offensive side, Heinrichs paced the Red and Gold with 5 kills, while Erin Pomeroy dished out 11 assists.

North Pole’s Ainsley Smith tallied 18 assists, while Kinley Erickson reached double digit kills. The senior duo is heading to the University of Alaska Fairbanks next year to compete for the Nanooks under head coach Brian Scott.

West Valley will look to carry this momentum into Thursday’s match with the Hutchison Hawks, while the Patriots look to bounce back on Friday when they host the Eielson Ravens.

Monroe Sweeps Eielson

The Monroe Catholic Rams swept Eielson on the Air Force Base Tuesday night 25-20, 25-16, 25-10. The Rams generated an impressive 18 service aces, led by Delaney Ott and Tia Campanelli, who had 5 each. Jane Menard and Kaleigh Deleon had 6 kills apiece, while Campanelli added 12 assists. Monroe’s next match is set for October 14 when they visit the Hawks. Eielson will square off against North Pole on Friday.

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