The Juneau-Douglas High School volleyball team opened the season in commanding fashion with a pair of straight-set victories over visiting Sitka.
The Crimson Bears topped the Wolves 25-13, 25-15, 25-10 on Saturday. On Friday, JDHS defeated Sitka 25-12, 25-13, 25-9.
"This weekend we played well at times," said JDHS coach Sandi Wagner. "We did some things we haven't done yet, which is nice. We were trying to run a quicker offense, which changes things around a bit. We accomplished it a few times, which is nice, but not as often as we would've liked. But I guess that's what we have to work on."
Juneau-Douglas wasted little time establishing themselves as the dominant force on the court Saturday.
The Crimson Bears raced out to an 11-3 lead and closed out the first game on a seven-point run.
In the second game, Sarah Christianson had two aces as JDHS trailed only once en route to a 24-13 win.
Juneau-Douglas then closed out the match as Alycia Cox served for six straight points and Katie Monagle added five more service points for the Bears.
Jillian Hahnlen drove home eight kills while Sara Manning registered 10 kills to lead the team.
"We were really good at being cohesive as a team," Hahnlen said. "We did more than one thing well this weekend. We had good passes, good serves, good hits, it all just came together."
Christanson and Lesley Kalbrener recorded seven kills each in Saturday's win while Cox posted three aces.
The Bears also defended well, not allowing Sitka any open space and forcing the Wolves to earn every point.
"We worked on that a lot," Hahnlen said of the defense. "When you play more together, you get more consistent and it's a lot easier to run things. We're working on running plays and quick sets."
During Friday's win, Cox posted 24 service points with five aces while Kalbrener contributed 10 kills and two blocks. Christenson contributed eight kills and 15 points, Hahnlen added 10 kills and Hannah Barril posted 10 digs in the win.
The Bears' junior varsity team picked up a pair of wins over the weekend as well. Juneau's J.V. topped Sitka's junior varsity on Friday 25-12, 25-10, 25-11 and won on Saturday by scores of 25-10, 25-13, 25-7.
In the 'C' division, Juneau beat Sitka 25-7, 25-7, 25-14 on Saturday and won 25-7, 25-11, 25-16 on Friday.
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