Haines 3, Sitka 1
Fourth-seeded Haines put up a glacier wall at the net and sent talented fifth seed Sitka into the consolation bracket in the opening match of the Class 3A Region V volleyball championships at Juneau-Douglas High School on Thursday.
The Glaciers Bears took game one 25-22 behind attacking hitters Ashley and Amey Messerschmidt and Elizabeth Busk-Stevens. Even with solid back row play by Sitka’s Hanna McCarty, Melissa Dumag and Susie Stedman the Wolves couldn’t mount a sustained drive. Sitka southpaw spiker Jaycie Saunders missed wide letting Haines tie at 12-12, but then followed with a hard kill. A block by Stefania Potrzuski gave the wolves a 16-13 advantage. Sherri Helgoe blocked a kill at the net for a 19-15 lead, and then Haines took over.
Game two was just as close. Trailing 13-9 Sitka’s Lindsey Riggs served for a 14-10 advantage. A battle at the net would continue among the Messerschmidts, Busk-Stevens and Alisha Young against Sitka’s Potrzuski, Helgoe, Laurel Raschick and Saunders.
Trailing 15-10 Sitka’s Raschick provided two kills and a block that, although didn’t score, made the Glacier Bears wary of putting any passing shots her direction.
Haines’ Ashley M. snuck a shot in at the net for a 22-20 advantage and Busk-Stevens killed a shot to reach 23 but a missed serve gave Sitka ace Lindsey Riggs a chance to draw back at 23-23. A four hit foul gave Sitka the 24-23 lead, a kill by Busk-Stevens tied it and Potrzuski killed for advantage and allowed the win 26-24.
Game three still saw neither team able to take a clear advantage. Sitka trailed the game and when putting a rally together to pull within 21-17, Haines’ Young stopped the momentum. Young eventually killed the game winner 25-19.
Haines opened game four 4-0 behind Young’s power but neither team could pull farther than that spread apart. Haines delivered a kill for a 6-3 lead but a miss serve let Sitka back in and Saunders rocketed a serve in.
Ashley M. and Potrzuski met at the net with the Wolves winning the serve but Lynch returned the favor and got the service back for Haines and Jacobson made it 14-9.
Again no team clearly could mount a drive and at 22-20, Busk-Stevens killed two shots and a four hit by Sitka gave Haines the match 25-20. The Glacier Bears’ Busk-Stevens had 10 kills, and Jacobsen had a game high 24 digs.
Sitka fell into today’s consolation bracket game at 11:15 against Craig.
Craig 3, Wrangell 0
The Craig Panthers denied sixth-seeded Wrangell an upset 25-22, 25-18, 25-13 in opening action for both teams.
Behind 11 kills from Elaina Pattern, 10 from Shannon Yates and 9 from Paisley Wortman the third-seed Panthers moved into an afternoon winners’ bracket match against Petersburg. Wrangell senior Loni Buness, junior Andrea Gillen and sophomore McKenna Harding kept Wrangell close across the front line but an injury to Wolves’ Tori Gulla took away a fourth important scoring punch. Harding led the Wolves with eight kills and three blocks.
Wrangell fell into this morning’s 9:30 consolation bracket against Metlakatla. The Miss Chiefs were swept by Petersburg 25-8, 25-8, 25-10.
Petersburg 3, Metlakatla 0
Number two-seeded Petersburg wasted little time in defeating seventh seed Metlakatla. The Vikings had a height advantage across the front line and got a game — and day — high 23 kills from senior Carolyn Kvernvik and nine serving aces each from juniors Sam Marifern, Jael Swanson and Kayley Thorsen. Swanson served eight winners to close out game one, Thorsen nine in a row in game two and Marifern nine straight in game three.
Metlakatla falls into consolation play against Wrangell at 9:30 a.m. today.
Mt. Edgecumbe 3, Haines 1
No. 1 seed Mt. Edgecumbe received a wake up call in its first Region V tournament game as the Glacier Bears didn’t believe any of the Lady Braves pre-tourney hype and took game one 25-23. Matching power shot for power shot Haines relied on the Messerschmidt girls and Burke-Stevens to stay in the contest. Glacier Bears’ defensive ace Jacobsen led a controlled back row.
The Lady Braves got behind spikers Brenna Johanson and Maggie Okakok and the serving of Donnita White to take and maintain an early lead in game two. A missed kill by Haines gave the final point to Mt. Edgecumbe 25-15.
The final two games went to the Lady Braves 25-7, 25-12. Mt. Edgecumbe scored on a steady string of aces by Okakok and an athletic hitting display by Taryn White. Haines had 20 unforced errors in the final two games.
Lady Braves’ ace Katelyn Cook served a 10-string game two ending and 11 straight to end game three. Renatta Olson closed out the final game with six straight serves.
The Lady Braves move ahead to Friday’s 8:15 semifinal match against Petersburg. The Vikings nipped Craig in three games.
Haines falls into Friday’s 1 p.m. losers’ bracket game against Friday morning’s Wrangell/Metlakatla winner.
Petersburg 3, Craig 0
Petersburg won 25-20, 25-22, 25-23 but the scores could have gone to Craig just as easily as the two teams battled evenly across the net.
The Vikings’ Kvernvik and Thorsen were evenly matched against the athletic Lady Panthers’ Barlow, Castle and Wortman. What Craig’s spikers lacked in size they made up for with tenacious attacks. Marie Yates dug the Lady Panthers out of numerous lapses with 19 digs.
Kvernvik had eight kills in the final game, including a block for point 24 and spiked home the match winner at 25.
Petersburg moves into tonight’s 8:15 semifinal against Mt. Edgecumbe, Craig plays an elimination game against Sitka at 11:15 a.m.