ANCHORAGE — According to the Anchorage Daily News sports department, Dimond High School is showing dominance over the state’s high school volleyball teams.
But Juneau-Douglas is not far off the net, nor is the play of southeast teams. Crimson Bears hitter Chelsea Peterson and Mt. Edgecumbe’s Deannalee Hodgdon and Taryn White were selected to the All-Tournament team at last weekend’s Dimond-Service Tournament. The Crimson Bears lost to the Lady Braves in the third place game of the tournament and finished fourth in the Gold Bracket. The Lady Braves lost to Dimond in the semifinals of the Gold Bracket.
“I think we did pretty well as a team,” JDHS senior Chelsea Peterson said. “We did better than last year. We played defense a lot better, we really picked it up. We all thought we could have done better against a couple of the teams we lost to, but overall we did really well.”
JDHS split with Mt. Edgecumbe earlier in the Dimond-Service Volleyball Tournament and made it to the top Gold Bracket which included Dimond, Bartlett, Chugiak, Mt. Edgecumbe and Palmer. Led by tournament MVP Leah Swiss, Dimond claimed the championship of the tournament, which attracted 24 teams to Anchorage for two days of action at Dimond and Service.
Swiss chalked up 11 kills and nine digs to help Dimond defeat Chugiak 25-16, 25-16 in the gold-bracket championship match Saturday at Service. Sierra Afoa added seven kills and Aaliyah Lewis chipped in 16 digs for the Lynx. For Chugiak, Rachel Gregg and Kirsten Veech each had three kills, with Gregg getting nine digs and Veech adding six.
The silver-bracket title went to Skyview, which downed Soldotna 25-16, 25-16 in the title match.
“It makes me feel better about regions and making it to state,” Peterson said of the recent competition. “Now that we have seen a bunch of the really good teams I feel like they will be easier to play. Of course that is if we get to state.”
Peterson stated that the Region V tournament in Petersburg on November 1-3 will be difficult.
“Thunder Mountain and Ketchikan are strong,” Peterson said. “I know that we cannot take them for granted at all, we have to be completely serious when we play them. We have to play our best because once they get on a roll they can really compete and be dangerous. I think our team is able to come back stronger against teams when we do lose a game, we play better under pressure.”
JDHS will host Thunder Mountain at JDHS gymnasium Thursday night at 8 p.m. (JV game is at 6:15 and C team is at 4:30). This will be the Crimson Bears’ senior night ceremony. On Saturday the Crimson Bears play at Thunder Mountain at 8 p.m., this will be the Falcons’ senior night ceremony. The Region V volleyball championships begin November 1-3 at Petersburg and the state tournament is Nov. 8-10.
Dimond-West All-tournament team: Deannalee Hodgdon and Taryn White, Mt. Edgecumbe; Rachel Gregg, Chugiak; Heather Green and Nicole Weisenfelder, Grace Christian; Celeste Manumaleuna, Bartlett; Aaliyah Lewis and Sierra Afoa, Dimond; Kaillee Skjold, Soldotna; Lily Collers and Macey Buresh, Palmer; Rita Dexter, West; Hannah Wandersee, Kodiak; Chelsea Peterson, Juneau. MVP -- Leah Swiss, Dimond.