Bears win home opener

JDHS doesn't play its best, but still cruises to win in home opener

Posted: Friday, September 18, 2009

Juneau-Douglas cruised to a 3-1 win over Mt. Edgecumbe in the Crimson Bears' volleyball home opener Thursday at Juneau-Douglas High School.

Klas Stolpe / Juneau Empire
Klas Stolpe / Juneau Empire

JDHS won 25-17, 23-25, 25-16, 25-18.

"It feels good," coach Sandi Wagner said of the first home win of the season. "We have some things we're working on, but we're getting there."

JDHS stormed out to a 5-0 lead in the first game with a big kill by Sarah Tarver, sandwiched by four Braves hitting errors.

Mt. Edgecumbe closed within 1, 8-7, but Tarver answered with a stuff of a Bessie Binkowski shot. The game then went back and forth, with the Bears slowly pulling away.

At 19-14, JDHS scored six of the last nine points, with Krista Bontrager finding a hole in the middle of the Braves' defense to set up game point, which resulted in a Christina Fields kill out of bounds.

About the only thing that could stop the Bears were the Bears themselves, especially in Game 2.

JDHS built an 11-6 lead early in the second set, only to see Mt. Edgecumbe close within 1, 19-18, after a net violation. The score was tied at both 20- and 21-all, but the Braves scored four straight points, three off Bears errors. Game point then came on a carry by Tarver.

"We didn't pass very well and we made unforced errors," Wagner said. "We're still working through some things, and I'm asking the kids to do some things they haven't done before. I'm playing some people in new positions, so it wasn't our best effort, but I'm OK with what happened tonight."

Game 3 was all about the Krista Barril show.

JDHS scored seven straight points to take an 8-3 lead, with Tarver smashing back-to-back kills before Barril did the same on four straight Bears points. Barril, a 5-foot-4 jumping jack on the outside, was all over the court. After selling a kill and scoring a dink, Barril pushed the Bears ahead 14-4. It was the 13th point in a 12-1 run by JDHS.

Barril then served up four straight points, including two aces, for a 20-11 Bears lead. Game point came with a nice cross-court kill by Daffodil Alinson.

JDHS rolled out to an 11-3 lead in Game 4, with point 10 coming on a free ball score by Nia Maake, and then point 11 coming on a southpaw smackdown by Taylor Larson.

Mt. Edgecumbe would get no closer than six points the rest of the way, and Fields' back row smash on match point sailed out of bounds.

Barril finished with 15 kills on the night while Tarver added 11. Alinson had 17 digs.



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