Ketchikan sweeps weekend series against Falcons volleyball team

Posted: Sunday, September 05, 2010

Sarah Clark had 11 kills, Crystal Covault added six, and the Ketchikan volleyball team swept Thunder Mountain 25-17, 25-11, 25-17 at Clarke Cochrane Gymnasium on Saturday.

Hall Anderson / Ketchikan Daily News
Hall Anderson / Ketchikan Daily News

The Kings shook off a sluggish start to beat Thunder Mountain (0-2, 0-2) for the second consecutive night, improving to 2-0 in Southeast Conference play with a big series against region rival Juneau-Douglas looming.

"We are looking forward to playing Juneau next week," Ketchikan coach Naomi Michalsen said. "Thunder Mountain has really improved a lot. ... But I think the focus now is going to be on beating Juneau."

Clark set the tone for the match in Game 1 with her powerful offensive play, earning three of the Kings' final five points with kills. In Game 2, her early cross-court spike keyed a quick 4-0 run for the Ketchikan.

On a night when the Kings passed poorly at times, it didn't matter -lark pounded kills from the front line, the back line and everywhere in between.

"She was definitely awesome offensively," Ketchikan senior Chelsea Paulsen said. "She even mentioned that she thought she was on tonight."

Clark got plenty of help from her teammates.

Paulsen had a team-high five aces to go with five kills and a block, and sophomore Faith Clark had 5 kills. Freshman setter Jayley Taylor had 13 assists in just her second varsity match, up from nine Friday.

"She just keeps getting better all the time," Michalsen said. "I think all the girls do."

Thunder Mountain improved after Friday's 25-7, 25-18, 25-15 loss, but still struggled with unforced errors.

The Falcons labored to handle Ketchikan serves in the first two games -oth of which ended with mishandled serves -nd didn't communicate well. Thunder Mountain didn't lead until taking a 2-1 advantage in Game 3 that swelled to 5-2 before the Kings went on a 12-4 run to take control and end the match.

"We struggled tonight with our communication," Thunder Mountain coach Adriana Rodriguez said. "It's a lot of unforced errors; in terms of not trusting their teammates, not being confident, stepping up and calling the ball. There's a lot of running into each other and shanked passes, but it's all stuff that we can work on."

Thunder Mountain's JV team avenged a five-game loss Friday by beating the Kings 20-25, 21-25, 25-21, 25-14, 15-10 Saturday. The Falcons' C team won 25-23, 25-21, 25-12.

Ketchikan (2-0, 2-0) will play the Crimson Bears in Juneau Friday and Saturday.

• john@ketchikandailynews.com



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