Juneau-Douglas High School setter Rachel Doogan’s name won’t show up in the stat book a lot, but she was on the floor throughout the Crimson Bears’ 25-18, 25-18, 25-16 sweep of the visiting Petersburg Vikings on Wednesday night.
“Most people know the setter is usually underappreciated,” Doogan said after the win. “But my job is to get every ball, every second ball depending on where it is. I can touch every ball but it won’t show up on the stat sheet because it is something we don’t really keep track of.”
What did show up was a back peddling set to teammate Chelsea Peterson that resulted in a kill and the Crimson Bears running off five service points in a row for a 13-11 advantage and momentum in game one.
What did show up was Doogan serving five times in game two, taking a 4-4 tie to 9-4, then picking up a service return on defense that gave Peterson another kill and another string of four straight service winners.
Doogan touches the ball at least every other Crimson Bears’ hit.
“I can get my serve in every single time,” Doogan said. “But it is not a power serve or my strong point. I can touch every ball though, that is my main goal when I play the game.”
The Crimson Bears were tested by the 3A power Vikings who had the lead briefly in the beginning of the first two games, and pulled within four points late in every contest.
Doogan served from 18 to 21 in game one. Peterson served point 23 as an ace and after Petersburg scored on a Jael Swanson kill and two Samantha Marifern serves, the Crimson Bears’ Kayla Balovich killed point 24.
The Vikings battled for ball possession and another Swanson kill before Doogan took a second pass and set Gracie Meiners for the game winning kill.
Peterson stopped a late game two Vikings rally with a trio of kill shots with Doogan at the service line, and Sally Paul ran a string of three serves into the game winner.
Kaitlin Fagerstrom made her first varsity appearance on Wednesday and killed five shots from point 18-22, then after lost possession, killed another shot to allow Meiners and Paul to finish the match win.
“Petersburg is tough and they are well coached,” JDHS coach Lesslie Knight said. “It is really nice they took the time to stop off and play us on their way through.”
The Crimson Bears rotated new player Fagerstrom into the offense and allowed Cora Bontrager to set, going away from their strict nine-player rotation.
“We just mixed it up a bit,” Knight said. “We have been kind of set in our ways and it was time to get away from that.”
Peterson led the Crimson Bears with 13 kills in 25 attacks, Balovich tallied six kills in 16 attacks, Meiners had five kills, Maddie Mckeown four kills, and Brandi Hall two kills.
Peterson had seven digs, Sally Paul five, Meiners, Tori Fogg, Doogan three apiece, Hall and Balovich two each. Doogan had 18 serves and one ace, Paul 12 serves with two aces, Peterson 11 serves three aces, Meiners 11 serves, Balovich nine, Fagerstrom six serves one ace, and Fogg six serves. Hall had three blocks, Mckeown and Meiners two each.
The Crimson Bears next host the Ketchikan Kings on Friday (V 8 p.m., JV 6:15, C 4:30) and Saturday (V 7 p.m., JV 5:15, C 3:30).