Wrangell 3, Metlakatla 2
The Wrangell Wolves out lasted a feisty Metlakatla team in Friday’s first elimination bracket match. The Wolves took a 25-5,22-25, 25-9, 25-27, 15-10 win to move on against Haines later in the day.
Wrangell’s Harding served to a 19-5 advantage in game three before Miss Chiefs’ Trishta Brendible aced a serve and Jennifer Caspersen killed to 19-7. Wrangell steady play and Metlakatla miss hits put a lead of 23-9. Shayna Schultz served for 24 and a double block by Harding was game at 25-9.
Metlakatla scored first in game four, taking a 4-0 lead before the teams began trading possessions and points. Miss Chiefs’ Monica Hayward and Shante Hudson provided ace action and Lady Wolves Loni Buness and Harding gave power and blocking on the opposite side. Trailing 24-22, Metlakatla’s Hayward killed a shot and served to tie the score. Possession and a point were lost on a miss hit but Lia Job and Hudson closed out a 27-25 win.
The fifth game was all Metlakatla for five points, then Wrangell for five, and that pattern continued until Buness killed a shot for a 13-10 Wrangell lead. An ace by Harding and kill by Buness was the match.
Craig 3, Sitka 0
The Craig Lady Panthers extended their elimination bracket play by sweeping the Sitka Wolves Friday morning 25-18, 25-14, 25-12.
Craig got hard playing from the Yates sisters in game one as eldest Shannon hit a hard kill shot and Marie another for a 5-4 lead.
Paisley Wortman scored, Melissa Castle hit a passing shot, Sitka miss hit, and Craig kept a 10-7 margin. Sitka’s Stefania Potrzuski blocked a score and Lindsey Riggs served a hard shot setting up a kill by JettaFay Workman. Riggs served an ace to close to 11-10 but miss hits again coast the Wolves and they trailed by four.
Solid defense by both schools led to multiple changes in ball possession.
Craig’s Melissa Dumag served two aces to force a Sitka timeout at 18-13.
A big kill by Shannon Yates gave Craig a 23-18 lead and younger sister Marie made it game point allowing Kimber Mikulecky to serve an ace winner 25-18.
Game two saw a steady pull away by Craig to 10-6. Shannon Yates served to 15-6 after a possession. Craig’s Wortman killed a shot for 18-8; a Sitka miss hit moved that to 19 and an ace by Kayla Hamme forced a Sitka time out at 20-9.
After repossession Craig scored on a Sitka miss hit for 23-11 Wolves Jaycie Saunders killed for possession and served to a kill by Sherri Helgoe to close within ten 23-13. Saunders then aced point 14 but next served long and Craig’s Hannah McCarty served game point 25-14.
Craig surged to a 11-3 third game advantage before Sitka put together a block by Potrzuski and a Saunders’ kill to briefly move momentum to the Wolves. Marie Yates killed on 14-6 and again on repossession at 15-8, allowing Mikulecky service to 18-8. M.arie Yates killed again for repossession at 20-8, a Sitka carry made it 21 for Craig and points 22-24 came from Yates’ sister shots. Saunders killed for the Wolves to reach 11 points and Riggs aced for 12 but a service long gave the match to the Lady Panthers 25-12. Shannon Yates had 11 kills in the match and Marie Yates 10 for Craig. Potrzuski and Saunders had 11 each for Sitka.
Haines 3, Wrangell 0
The Glacier Bears’ power line of seniors Elizabeth Busk-Stevens, Ashley and Amey Messerschmidt and junior Alisha Young battled with Wrangell’s younger net side and put the Lady Wolves out of the tournament 25-20, 28-26, and 25-11.
Senior Loni Buness did make a statement in game one with a clean hard kill at 5-6 and tied the score with a block but Amey M. passed a shot to break the tie and Teo Lynch blocked. Amey served two aces in a row as a momentum boost. Again Buness put a dent in the court with a kill shot to pull within 11-7. With Buness serving and McKenna Harding at the net the Lady Wolves pulled within two but a miss hit allowed Haines’ Anna Jacobson to serve to 19-11. Repossessions allowed Wrangell a service chance but an error moved Hanes to a kill by Young for 24-17. Young misfired at game point twice, Busk-Stevens once, and then Buness netted serve to give the Glacier Bears the 25-20 win.
Harding’s serves and Buness’ power pushed the Wolves to a 7-3 advantage in game two. The nickel-and-dime, working women attitude, had Buness blast a 10-5 advantage, as Craig seemed to grow impatient. Alyssa Allen killed a shot for 17-10 and Haines miss hit 18 but Harding netted for 18-11. At 20-16 Harding missed serve and Amey Messerschmidt aced two. Lynch killed one, Buness hit long and Wrangell was forced to take a time out at 20-20. A missed Haines serve and two Buness kills put the Wolves serving at 23-20. Buness missed long for 23-21 but the Wolves regained possession at 24-21. Wrangell lost the serve for 24-22 and Busk-Stevens slammed point 23, and blocked 24 to force a Wolves timeout. Buness and Busk-Stevens both killed to go even at 25-25. Busk-Stevens and Harding both killed to tie at 26, Amey Messerschmidt killed for 27 and Brook Cinocco aced the game 28-26.
After a 6-6 tie in game three, Haines wore the Wolves down until Cinocco aced the game winner at 25-11. Buness recorded 11 kills in the match to lead Wrangell with Harding at 10. Busk-Stevens and Amey Messerschmidt led Haines with 16 apiece. Anna Jacobson picked up 17 digs and Amey Messerschmidt led in service aces with 9. Haines advanced to elimination gave against Craig.
Haines 3, Craig 2.
Third seed Craig and fourth seed Haines advanced to the elimination bracket finals on Friday, both fighting for the right to play on Saturday with the Glacier Bears taking the match 25-23, 23-25, 25-21, 13-25, 15-11.
In game one Haines’ missed shots early and fell behind. Amey Messerschmidt and
Anna Jacobson held service until the kills started to fall. Amey Messerschmidt and Busk-Stevens gave Haines their irst lead at 16-15. Craig tied the score but three blocks my Lady Panthers Marie Yates fell the wrong way until Elaina Patten killed and Kayla Hamme aced to 21-21. Paisley Wortman smashed down the 22-21 tiebreaker and Hamme aced another to force a Glacier Bears’ time out. A miss hit gave Amey Messerschmidt service to tie the score at 23-23. Teo Lynch slammed home point 24 and Alisha Young 25 for the Glacier Bears’ win.
Haines Jacobson opened game two with straight aces and won scoring points three times. Neither team pulled ahead by more than six in the contest. Liberos and setters were key as hard shots and short tips were played. Haines’ Jacobson and Craig’s Kimber Mikulecky was key in absorbing opponents shots and setting up their teammates blasts. Tied at 11 S.hannon Yates served to 15-11 with the helping block from sister Marie. Marie served from 18-13.
At 20-18 Libby Jacobson set up a passing shot to Young who scored. A long rally switched possessions again to Craig but another kill by Busk-Stevens, a diving save by Amey M. and another Busk-Stevens shot tied the match at 21. Again Craig won possession and Melissa Castle forced a Haines time out with a kill at 24-21.A miss hit by Shannon Yates and Haines reached 22, and then 23 on a Busk-Stevens kill. After the brief rest Shannon Yates quick tipped a shot for the game 25-23.
Game three featured tie scores five times and a steady Haines advantage as Craig hit 10 unforced errors in the contest. Jacobson served at 23-20 for one point on an Amey Messeschmidt kill and Craig miss hit a shot for the 25-21 loss.
Craig took game four 25-13 as a tired Haines team fell behind early and couldn’t put together a scoring string of more than two points.
In game five the score was tied three times before either team reached four points and Busk-Stevens aced 5-3. As soon as Craig’s Wortman killed for service, Amey Messerschmidt returned the favor and then aced for a 7-4 advantage. Wortman killed to close 7-5 and served for 7-6. A miss hit gave Craig service, which Haines stole back again. Busk-Stevens forced a Craig time out with a tip shot and a 10-7 lead.
Young served through as Craig miss hit three times and called another time out trailing 13-10. Marie Yates killed a 13-8 shot and Busk-Stevens hit the net on a kill, Shannon Yates killed and Craig was back 13-10. A long rally and Castle killed a shot off the Haines wall to draw 13-11. Busk-Stevens passed scored 14 and after an 8-side rally killed match point eliminating the Lady Panthers. Haines moved into Saturday’s noon elimination semifinal against Mt. Edgecumbe.
Mt. Edgecumbe 2
The number two seed Petersburg Vikings gave the previously undefeated Mt. Edgecumbe Lady Braves their first match loss to a Southeast conference opponent in the 3A semifinal Friday night 25-19, 23-25, 25-10, 19-25, 15 -11.
A crowded gym stayed after the hometown Juneau-Douglas match against Ketchikan to watch the power fest delivered by two of the hardest spiking teams at the tournament. Game one began with an explosive trio of kills by Petersburg’s Kayley Thorsen, Emily Luczak and Carolyn Kvernvik and athletic slams by Mt. Edgecumbe’s Brenna Johanson and Taryn White. Both teams exchanged blocks, kills, and hard aces throughout. Thorsen stuffed a Lady Braves kill shot to force time out at 18-17 Petersburg and the Mt. Edgecumbe girls responded by blocking their own shot and allowing Katelyn Cook to ace two serves for a 19-18 advantage. Petersburg regained service and won on a series of kills by Luczak, Kvernvik and Thorsen.
Each game was the same athletic pattern. Both teams relied on their defensive back rows to pick up anything their athletic blockers couldn’t stop at the net and both teams crushed hard kills into the opponents front line. Game two featured four time outs and 10 ties. Trailing 24-22 Petersburg’s Luczak aced for the Vikings to pull within one but Mt. Edgecumbe’s Johanson soft tipped a shot to a free space for the 25-23 win.
Kvernvik was unstoppable for the Vikings in game three, killing and blocking the first five points. When Mt. Edgecumbe drew close at 11-10 Kvernvik killed a shot and the Lady Braves’ momentum. Lauren Bryner served from 17-10 to end the game with three Kvernvik blocks, two Luczak kills and three of her own aces for the 25-10 win.
The Lady Braves returned the favor in game four, jumping out to 7-2 and 15-6 leads before shelving the Vikings 25-19. Kvernvik unofficially tallied 20 kills and 13 blocks, Thorsen 10 blocks and Luczak 13 kills.
The final score of 15-11 in favor of the Vikings for game five was even closer as each point was contested, tipped, or blasted off an opponent. Mt. Edgecumbe was dropped into Saturday’s elimination final against Haines.