Senior Julie Heard produced a sparkling .690 attack efficiency for the weekend to lead the Juneau-Douglas High School volleyball team in a pair of three-game sweeps over the Sitka Wolves, as the Crimson Bears opened up the defense of their Class 4A state title.
Heard was nearly perfect in Friday's match, with an attack efficiency of .944 as Juneau claimed a 25-10, 25-7, 25-16 victory at Sitka High School. In Saturday's rematch, the Crimson Bears claimed a 25-17, 25-14, 25-13 victory, as Heard posted an attack efficiency of .500.
For the weekend, Heard recorded 30 kills on 42 attack attempts with just one error. To compute the attack efficiency statistic, errors are subtracted from kills and that total is divided by the total number of attack attempts.
In Friday's match, Heard converted 17 of her 18 attack attempts for kills. The only one that wasn't converted was put back in play by Sitka. On Saturday, she had 13 kills in 24 attempts with one error (a ball hit into the net or out of bounds).
"We've never had anybody do that for an entire night," said assistant coach Pat Gorman, who has been keeping stats for the Crimson Bears for 14 years. "(Attack efficiency) is kind of like batting averages, where .300 is good, .400 is very good and .250 is nothing to sneeze at. Since you deduct errors from kills, it is possible to have a negative efficiency rating."
Heard, who is one of two returners from last year's undefeated state championship team, also led the team with 21 digs over the two matches and served four aces.
Junior Karla Dunivin, the other returner from last year, had 17 kills for the two matches, a .408 attack efficiency rating, 19 digs and a team-high 10 ace served.
Lesley Kalbrener recorded 14 kills with a .440 attack efficiency and Jillian Hahnlen added 10 kills, two solo blocks and three block assists. Amber Johnson served 96 percent (25 of 26 attempts) with five aces, plus she made nine digs. Hannah Barril served three aces, while Rochele Rodman added two aces and served 95 percent (21-for-22).
In junior varsity action, Juneau swept Sitka 25-17, 25-17, 25-20 on Friday but needed five games to claim Saturday's match, 25-23, 22-25, 25-10, 20-25, 15-5.
The Crimson Bear C Team claimed a pair of three-game sweeps, winning 25-17, 25-11, 25-16 on Friday and 25-6, 25-14, 25-7 on Saturday.
The Crimson Bears will host the Ketchikan Kings this weekend at the JDHS main gymnasium. The C Teams are tentatively scheduled for 4:30 p.m., followed by the JV teams at 6 p.m. and the varsity squads at 8 p.m. There also is a possibility of a mini-tournament on Saturday for extra players not on the C teams and a couple of the high school's club boys teams.