The Juneau-Douglas Crimson Bears put a damper on any hopes the Ketchikan Kings had about taking over southeast volleyball bragging rights as the season approaches Region V tournament time.
JDHS took two matches from the Kings at Ketchikan, winning 25-23, 25-23, 20-25 and 25-18 on Friday; and 25-18, 25-19, 25-23 on Saturday.
“I think it is nice to head into the regional tournament with some confidence knowing we haven’t been beaten by them,” JDHS coach Lesslie Knight said. “The kids are happy.”
Rachel Doogan was perfect at the service line on Friday, notching 100-percent of her 14 serves, while also tallying three kills, two digs and one block.
Chelsea Peterson had three aces, 14 kills, and 17 digs to lead the Crimson Bears; Cora Bontrager had two aces and 12 digs; Gracie Meiners one ace, eight kills, 11 digs and one block; Kaitlin Fagerstrom three kills, one dig and two blocks; Kayla Balovich nine kills and four digs; Madelyn McKeown three kills and one block; Sally Paul two aces, 13 digs; and Tori Fogg three aces and eight digs.
“Ketchikan played some really dynamic defense,” Knight said. “These were two really tough matches. It was tough to score on them both nights.”
On Saturday Doogan notched another perfect service score with eight scores on Saturday, and added one kill, four digs and one block; Peterson had two aces, 17 kills and six digs; Bontrager one ace and seven digs; Meiners one ace, five kills and five digs; Fagerstrom one kill and one block; Balovich two aces, two kills and two digs; Paul placed 18 serves with one ace for 94-percent and added nine digs; and Fogg had two digs. On Saturday McKeown had a career high three blocks to go with three kills.
“Her timing is really getting better,” Knight said. “We played her in some JV games leading up to this series and she is really developing as a blocker and getting a second jump for a kill.”
JDHS used a libero position for the first time this season, putting Cora Bontrager in that defensive specialist assignment.
“We needed to try some things before we headed up north,” Knight said. “Just a different look because we will be floating kids between the varsity and JV tournaments at Anchorage.”
The Crimson Bears will play a JV and Varsity match against East High School on Thursday in Anchorage to start a road swing next weekend in the Service High School Tournament.