Falcons spikers win four matches at Fairbanks

The Thunder Mountain High School volleyball team compiled four wins and three losses in their first day of action at the West Valley Tournament in Fairbanks on Friday.

One game matches to 25 points were played in round robin format.

"We lost a couple we should have taken," Thunder Mountain head coach Adriana Northcutt said.

The Falcons beat the North Pole Patriots 25-20, the Lathrop Malemutes 25-23, the Eielson Ravens 25-23 and the Nome Nanooks 25-12.

The Falcons fell to the Hutchison Hawks 27-25, the West Valley Wolfpack 25-17 and the Delta Huskies 25-19.

"West Valley is pretty tall," Northcutt said. "The rest of the teams do not have any more height than we do, they are all just scrappy up here. We should have won against Hutchison and Delta but we just couldn't seal it."

Northcutt said senior Jenna Luhrs led with kills and had strong play from her back row attacking position, and juniors Lauren Rabago and Danielle Steinman were credited for setting up the offense. Freshman Tracy Bourassa, moved up from the junior varsity, found action in the libero position.

"We kind of moved our lineup around a bit," Northcutt said. "We are trying out a new Libero and she was picking up a lot of passes. We are moving the ball around really well and being smart with plays. The girls played with intensity, especially against the big hits from West Valley."

The Falcons will play one more game Saturday morning against the Monroe Rams and then the top four teams will be placed in the Gold Bracket of play and the bottom five into the Red Bracket.

"West Valley was definitely competitive and the girls hung in there with them," Northcutt said. "Hopefully we will get to see them again in the Gold Bracket."

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