JIVE opponents take out hosts in championship games

The Juneau Invitational Volleyball Extravaganza usually features some tough competition that inevitably falls victim to the capital city spikers in the final matches of play. At the 2011 JIVE however, both the Juneau-Douglas High School and Thunder Mountain High School teams lost in tough championship play.

The Crimson Bears lost a tight 27-25, 25-19 series to the Palmer Moose in the Gold Tournament Bracket and the Falcons fell to Haines 25-16, 25-16 in two games.

In first round play the 13 JIVE teams were drawn into three “pools” and played each team in their pool in two games, pools and records follow:

Pool Cue consisted of Eagle River (4-4), Ketchikan (2-6), Sitka (5-3), Klawock (4-4), Petersburg (5-3); Pool Table featured Cordova (2-4), Juneau (6-0, Wrangell (1-5), Craig (3-3); and Pool Hall had Palmer (5-1), Thunder Mountain (1-5), Haines (1-5), and Mt. Edgecumbe (5-1).

The teams were then divided by record into another second round of pool play. The Infinity Pool included Juneau (5-1), Palmer (5-1), Sitka (1-5), Klawock (1-5); Endless Pool with Mt. Edgecumbe (3-3), Petersburg (3-3), Craig 1-5), Eagle River 5-1); and the Lap Pool of Cordova (5-3), Ketchikan 1-7), Haines (5-3), Wrangell 2-6), and Thunder Mountain (7-1).

The teams were then put into two final best 2-of-3-game tournament brackets, Gold and Silver. In the Gold Tournament JDHS beat Craig in the opening game 25-11, 25-11; Mt. Edgecumbe nipped Sitka 25-22, 25-27, 15-7; Palmer topped Petersburg 25-16, 25-11; and Eagle River beat Klawock 25-9, 25-17. JDHS then battled over Mt. Edgecumbe 25-19, 28-30, 15-9 and Palmer stopped Eagle River 20-25, 25-19, 15-10.

In the Silver Tournament Ketchikan stopped Wrangell 25-17, 25-14 in a play-in match. TMHS beat Ketchikan 25-6, 25-6 and Haines beat Cordova 25-12, 25-14.

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