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Monroe volleyball celebrates seniors in last home game of 2020

Published: Nov. 5, 2020 at 7:59 PM AKST
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FAIRBANKS, Alaska (KTVF) - In a volleyball season that has been heavily affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, the Monroe Catholic Rams found some normalcy with Senior Night at Boileau Hall. The Rams celebrated their five seniors as they fell 3-0 to the Lathrop Malemutes Wednesday.

Lathrop was led offensively by Harmon La’apui who scored 20 kills against the Rams, while Tia Campanelli stuffed the stat sheet with five kills, eight assists, six blocks and 15 digs. Campanelli was one of the five seniors that Monroe celebrated along with Shayne Coiley, Catherine Atchison, Kaleigh DeLeon and Shelby Cook. Campanelli was an important piece to Monroe’s success over the past few seasons, as she tallied over 1,600 assists in her career. Campanelli played all four years on the Rams' varsity program.

“It was the best experience I’ve ever had in my entire life,” said Campanelli about her time with Monroe. “I got a group of sisters out of it and I wouldn’t trade it for anything.”

Tia Campanelli during an interview with KTVF.
Tia Campanelli during an interview with KTVF.(Aaron Walling/KTVF)

Atchison was another do it all player for Head Coach Dave Obermeyer’s game plan, filling in as an opposite hitter and a defensive specialist. Obermeyer credited her flexibility on the court made the program better.

“I did learn a lot from my experience and I made some great friends.” said Atchison.

Catherine Atchison during an interview with KTVF.
Catherine Atchison during an interview with KTVF.(Aaron Walling/KTVF)

Coiley has been a part of Monroe since her kindergarten days, playing alongside some of her teammates over the years. The outside hitter has been playing varsity ball since her sophomore season, helping the Rams to state tournament appearances.

“It’s our senior year and this is our last home game,” said Coiley about playing her last game in Boileau Hall. “It just means a lot to be with the same group of girls.”

Shayne Coiley during an interview with KTVF.
Shayne Coiley during an interview with KTVF.(Aaron Walling/KTVF)

Cook has been with the varsity program for the past two seasons stepping in as an opposite hitter and middle blocker. Cook fits the mold that Obermeyer uses with all players on the court being able to fill a gap where needed.

“It’s been fun playing with these girls since sixth grade and just growing and becoming a family.” said Cook.

Shelby Cook during an interview with KTVF.
Shelby Cook during an interview with KTVF.(Aaron Walling/KTVF)

DeLeon, according to Coach Obermeyer, always finds a way to lift the spirits on the bench. Through middle school to high school, the five Monroe seniors have been around the program for the past six years raising up the ranks for the Rams.

“It’s great, there’s definitely a family feeling, which I feel is very important to our team.” said DeLeon.

Kaleigh DeLeon during an interview with KTVF.
Kaleigh DeLeon during an interview with KTVF.(Aaron Walling/KTVF)

While the Rams will not be playing the Aurora Conference tournament, the Rams will be able to play out their final game this week.

“All of these seniors have been part of this program for the past six years and have dedicated themselves in the offseason to improve,” said Coach Obermeyer in his statement on senior night. “They are leaving behind some big shoes to fill in terms of experience and leadership.”

Monroe will end their season on Friday against Malemutes at Lathrop High School at 6 P.M. Lathrop will host the Mid-Alaska Conference tournament November 13-14.

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