The Thunder Mountain High School volleyball team put a scare into the North Pole Patriots Thursday night in Fairbanks but fell short in three games 25-14, 25-21, and 26-24.
“It was a slow start for us tonight,” TMHS head coach Adriana Northcutt said. “I think the girls just couldn’t gain any momentum tonight. They improved every game but just couldn’t close it out.”
According to Northcutt the Falcons had smart and strong play at the net.
Senior outside hitter Jenna Luhrs, junior outside hitter Claire White, and sophomore middle hitters Sheridan Cook and Ava Tompkins tallied three kills apiece.
Tompkins also led with three blocks.
“It was a match we definitely could have taken,” Northcutt said. “Our movement was slow.”
Northcutt stated the Falcons’ service was great and that junior setters Danielle Steinman and Lauren Rabago had strong games, hustling to get the ball to hitters.
“It is just them learning to play together,” Northcutt said. “We are working through it, building up confidence and communication. It is a new team.”
Luhrs and junior outside hitter Heather Alducin led with three aces apiece.
“The reality is that the only girls that have played together are Jenna, Claire and Danielle,” Northcutt said. “They are having to build a whole new dynamic. Skill wise we are there. This weekend will get us enough volleyball.”
The Falcons will be in round robin play today at the West Valley Tournament and then pool play on Saturday afternoon. There are 14 teams from the Lathrop and Anchorage area in the brackets.