JDHS drops opening state match to Dimond

All the hype about the Dimond Lynx was for real but Juneau-Douglas discovered they could play with anybody.

“We did things well through the whole match,” JDHS head coach Sandi Wagner said. “It was our inconsistency that hurt us.”

Dimond, the three-time defending 4A state volleyball champions, defeated the Crimson Bears in three games 25-12, 25-14, and 25-22 on Thursday to advance to the semifinals of the 2011-12 state championships against West Valley today.

West Valley defeated Kodiak 25-23, 27-25, 20-25, 25-18.

“We won the first rally of the game,” Wagner said. “We just made mistakes.”

JDHS senior Sierra Tagaban said the Crimson Bears came out with confidence.

“We would just make a mistake and lose that confidence,” Tagaban said. “Overall we played well. We just need to keep our energy level up.”

Krista Bontrager led Juneau with eight kills on 24 attacks; Taylor Vidic had six kills, Chelsea Peterson four, Carly Gunnersen two and Gracie Meiners one.

Bontrager also had 15 digs, Rachel Doogan and Peterson 10 apiece, Meiners six, Jean Cumlat four, Solana Ashe and Tagaban two each and Vidic one.

Said senior Jean Cumlat, “They weren’t as hard as I remember. We were expecting them to hit harder.”

Cumlat, Peterson and Meiners had one service ace apiece while Doogan led with 12 attempts.

The Crimson Bears will play the Bears from the far northern island community of Kodiak at 9 a.m. today for a chance to advance to the fourth place game on Saturday morning.

“They are tall,” Wagner said of Kodiak. “Everyone here is taller than we are, but we are used to that. What hurts us is that we don’t play the same level of competition through the season, but we are working on that.”

In other action, Southeast representative Mt. Edgecumbe advanced to today’s 3A semifinal by beating Eielson 25-14, 25-15, 25-12 and will play Dillingham, a 25-23, 25-14, 25-22 winner over Seward.

Southeast’s Petersburg lost to Valdez 25-21, 21-25, 25-13, 21-25, 16-14 and will play Barrow, a 20-25, 28-26, 25-10, 25-21 losers to defending state champ Grace Christian.

In 4A South defeated Wasilla 25-6, 25-20, 25-18 and Palmer defeated Chugiak 24-26, 25-14, 25-23, and 25-15.

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