The thunder heard coming down Chatham Strait on Saturday wasn’t a storm, and it wasn’t a volcano erupting, it was the weathering blasts from the front lines of the 3A Region V volleyball championships.
Mt. Edgecumbe had to beat Petersburg in two matches to win the title. Petersburg had put Mt. Edgecumbe into the elimination rounds on Thursday. The Lady Braves got revenge Saturday afternoon 25-20, 25-17, and 25-14 to set up the final evening match.
The Lady Braves showed why they are the No. 1 seed and potential favorite at next weekend’s state championships by winning in four games 25-14, 25-15, 22-25 and 25-19.
Brenna Johanson and Taryn White combined for 22 kills and Donnita White and Katelyn Cook led in assists and digs. The Vikings’ Carolyn Kvernvik led with 12 kills and nine blocks, Kayley Thorsen killed eight and Emily Luczak seven.
Petersburg will travel to state as the No. 2 seed from Southeast.
Mt. Edgecumbe beat Haines in Saturday’s elimination bracket final, 25-7, 25-4, 19-25, 25-14. Haines didn’t wake up for the match until game three, reaching a tie at 9 behind a Elizabeth Busk-Stevens kill and another to tie again at 10. Busk-Stevens killed to set up a 19-13 advantage late in the third game but Mt. Edgecumbe’s Johanson and Cook served momentum back in the Lady Braves favor. Haines again took control with a Jacobson dig and two Amey Messerschmidt kills setting up a final game kill to win 25-19.
A two-game deficit against a talented Lady Braves team looking to get a second shot against Petersburg was too much of an uphill climb and Lady Braves’ Johanson and White wore down the Glacier Bears’ front line the final game.