Falcons' spikers 2nd at West Valley Invitational

The Thunder Mountain High School volleyball team had a nearly flawless performance over the weekend at the West Valley Invitational.


Playing a total of 14 games in two days the Falcons came through a round-robin format to move into the championship Gold Bracket of play where they lost in the championship game to Valdez.

“It was awesome,” TMHS coach Adriana Northcutt said.

In the opening round robin matches on Friday the Falcons beat Barrow 25-22, Delta 25-19, Monroe 25-21, Hutchison 25-20, and dropped games to West Valley 18-25 and Valdez 18-25.

“We spent some serious time warming up before every game,” Northcutt said. “Our offense was very quick and our momentum was quick. Teams had a hard time keeping up with us and our pace of the game.”

On Saturday the Falcons finished pool play with wins over Lathrop 25-20, North Pole 25-12 and West ValleyB6V 25-14.

The Falcons record put them into the higher competition of the Gold Bracket play as the second seed.

The Falcons won their semi final match against Monroe 25-14, 25-22.

In the championship game the Falcons fell to Valdez 17-25, 19-25.

Northcutt stated that solid libero play in the back row from senior Darbee Hickok was crucial to the Falcons success as was the solid rotations along the front line.

“Darbee took care of the back row,” Northcutt said. “She made some really important plays for us. Our defense was solid. And our whole front line was on fire; everybody did what they were supposed to do. It was pretty outstanding. There is not one player that dominates the stats by any means, everyone contributes.”

The Falcons will host the Juneau-Douglas Crimson Bears on Friday at 8 p.m. at TMHS, and will play at JDHS on Saturday at 7 p.m.

“We worked hard this weekend,” Northcutt said. “You could see the confidence level coming through.”


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