Juneau-Douglas senior Taylor Vidic shared center stage with Ketchikan’s Micah Long briefly Friday night, just long enough to sing the National Anthem together.
After that Vidic opened up the vocal chords of Juneau fans with the game’s first kill as the Crimson Bears began their sweep of the Kings 25-12, 25-11, and 25-9.
“The kids came out ready to play,” head coach Sandi Wagner said. “Ketchikan is a better team today than the first time we played them, but our kids had the energy. They were fired up, jumping high and hitting hard. We made some mistakes where we weren’t communicating very well, but for the most part I liked what I saw.”
Vidic finished the match with 8 kills. Krista Bontrager led with 11 kills; Carly Gunnersen had 7 and Chelsea Peterson 6.
Bontrager accounted for 35 points and 15 digs, Peterson 22 points and 15 digs, Rachel Doogan 12 points and 6 digs and Solana Ashe 9 points and 3 digs. Gracie Meiners also picked up 6 digs.
“We have been working a lot in practice on digging,” Ashe said. “I think it paid off in this game. We have been doing a little better. We still need to work on some things but I definitely saw some improvement today.”
The Crimson Bears were solid on 93 percent of their serves. Peterson connected on 22 with 3 aces, Jean Cumlat 17 with 3 aces, Meiners 14 of 16 with 1 ace, and Bontrager 9 for 9 with 2 aces.
“I think we did pretty well,” Cumlat said. “Maybe not one of our best games but when we are making our serves we are more aggressive.”
JDHS beat KHS 25-10, 25-16, 25-17 on Saturday behind 5 aces from Peterson who accounted for 33 passing points, 6 digs, 4 kills; other scorers included Gunnersen with 9 kills; Meiners 8 digs and 4 kills; Vidic 4 kills, 2 digs; Bontrager 5 kills, 2 aces and 7 digs; Sierra Tagban 5 digs; Doogan 8 digs, 3 aces, 1 kill.
The Crimson Bears JV won 25-20, 27-25, 25-8 and the C team lost 25-20, 15-25, 22-25, 25-20, 9-15.