Junior Claire White had eight kills and senior Jenna Luhrs put down six as the Thunder Mountain High School volleyball team took Thursday night’s match from the visiting Ketchikan Kings 25-9, 20-25, 25-15 and 25-21.
White put down two shots in the opener and stopped two more from the Kings to control the net.
“We really focused this week on being really smart with what we do in our plays,” Thunder Mountain coach Adriana Northcutt said. “The reality is, looking at Southeast, everyone is on an even playing field and it is very competitive. So it is all about being smart with the ball and the girls worked really hard this week on finding the holes on the court. Claire and Jenna were impressively strong on the defensive side tonight.”
The Falcons also found an ace in junior Lauren Robago who served 11 times in game one including eight straight to close out the win.
The Falcons led 15-6 in game two as Rabago served six straight, including her second ace of the night, with two kill shots and a scoring tip by junior Danielle Steinman.
“We usually get a good two or three serves out of her,” Northcutt said. “But she found her groove tonight and she just found her confidence. It was awesome and great for us, you can’t complain about that.”
Ketchikan junior Shery Bongot ran off a string of eight straight, including an ace to put the Kings back into the fray at 15-15. Kayhi junior Felicia Ruaro served six for a 24-20 advantage, including two aces, with two kills from sophomore Kaia Michalsen.
A block from sophomore Ava Tompkins and a Steinman kill put two more on the board for the Falcons but a service error gave the game to Kayhi.
White and Steinman controlled the net in the third game. White put down five kills and two blocks while Steinman had two kills, a block and a scoring tip. Neither team could put more than a three-serve string together but the Falcons coasted from 19-9 to a 25-15 win.
Kayhi blasted out to a 7-4 lead in game four as Michalsen had two kills and a block. The game would be tied five times.
Kayhi broke open a 19-15 advantage with junior Joann Paule at the service line and the Falcons came right back with freshman Tracy Bourassa putting the spin over the net for a 21-19 lead.
After a Kayhi score, sophomore Sheridan Cook put down a kill to win service and Luhrs served twice, with one ace, for a 24-20 advantage.
Kayhi again got one point but White closed out the match with a passing shot to the corner.
“Our girls were able to get some big swings and big blocks tonight,” Northcutt said. “They backed each other up and everyone filled their role and the games ran really smooth. We do need to see the court better. Kayhi always has a really strong defense and we have to get better on placing the ball.”
Partial stats included White leading the Falcons with eight kills, three blocks, and four tips; Steinman had six kills, two blocks and three tips; Luhrs six kills, one block and two aces; Tompkins three kills, three blocks; Cook three kills and one block; Rabago 18 serves with three aces; Alducin one kill, one block and one tip; Bourassa five assists.
Michalsen led the Kings with nine kills and four blocks.
The Falcons play Ketchikan again on Saturday at 4 p.m. while the Kings play tonight at the Juneau-Douglas Crimson Bears at 8 p.m.