Juneau-Douglas improved to 3-0 on the year after laboring through a 3-1 win over visiting 3A Mt. Edgecumbe on Thursday in Juneau.
The Crimson Bears dropped the first game before coming on to win the match, 22-25, 25-16, 25-16, 25-23.
JDHS actually led by as many as six points twice in the first set and held a four-point, 20-16 advantage after Carly Gunnerson and Gracie Meiners combined on a block, but faltered down the stretch.
Leading 22-19, the Braves scored the final six points, with three hitting errors against the Bears, to take an early 1-0 lead.
“We were taken out of our game because they played slow, and we played slow back,” senior outside hitter Krista Bontrager said. “We slowed down way too much and lost focus a little bit, but we got it back.”
The second game saw seven ties through the early going but an 8-0 run gave the Bears a 21-13 lead, with Rachel Doogan serving up two aces and JDHS taking advantage of Mt. Edgecumbe miscues.
The Bears closed with a 4-1 spurt, including a Taylor Vidic kill on game point to tie the match at one game apiece.
“We got our focus back,” Bontrager said. “We decided, ‘No more,’ and we wanted to keep playing like we usually play, which is faster and more intense.”
Game 3 was nearly a carbon copy of the second, with Juneau-Douglas stringing together several mini-runs of three and four points. Trailing 7-6, a Gunnerson kill tied things up and the Bears scored six of the next eight, with Bontrager giving JDHS a 13-9 lead after wiping a kill off the blockers out of bounds for a 13-9 lead.
The Bears closed with a 5-1 run to finish the set, with Chelsea Peterson scoring a block and another Vidic kill on game point for a 2-1 match lead for JDHS.
Juneau-Douglas reverted back to the first game’s intensity during stretches of the fourth set, letting the Braves jump to a 9-4 lead, with the Bears giving up six points on hitting errors.
But a 6-1 run tied the game at 10-all, with Bontrager serving a couple of aces and Peterson smashing a big kill to tie things up.
The teams traded scores the rest of the way, with ties at 13-, 15- and 16-all. JDHS took a 20-17 lead but the Braves scored three straight points, one a service error and two more on Maggie Okakok aces, to knot the game at 20-20.
But Gunnerson laced a kill, Vidic scored a block and Doogan scored an ace to make it match point, 24-22, and Peterson ended the match with a block for the Bears win.
Bontrager and Vidic both finished with double-digit kills, putting up 12 and 10, respectively. Peterson added nine kills, and Doogan had four aces.
Juneau-Douglas (3-0) is at Southeast Conference foe Ketchikan today and Saturday.