The Juneau-Douglas Crimson Bears volleyball team continued its early season success by sweeping the Thunder Mountain Falcons in three games on Friday night, winning 25-3, 25-10 and 25-10.
JDHS coach Sandi Wagner said her team did a god job with its passing, which was a focal point going into the matches.
"We didn't pass great to start, but they came back and passed pretty well," she said. "We want to be tougher at passing so we will continue to work on that."
In the first game, the Bears cruised to an easy win behind an 18-point run and the lights-out serving of Megan Hart. Hart converted 17 of 17 serves, four of which went for aces. Daffodil Alinson and Krista Bontrager lead JDHS with three kills each, and Kalea Chapman added four digs.
Game 2 was more of the same, though the Falcons did cut into the deficit with a 5-0 run near the end of the game.
Hart continued her flawless serving, converting 12 of 12 serves with five aces. Taylor Larson lead the Bears with three kills, and Chapman lead the team again in digs with three.
"The competition up north will be a lot tougher, but this game tonight really helped us prepare," Chapman said. "We can still work on being more aggressive and keeping up the intensity, though."
Thunder Mountain coach Adrianna Rodriquez said despite the loss, she was proud of her team's performance and was impressed with the progress they've made since the beginning of the season.
"My girls are just being competitive and that's something we've worked on this whole week," she said. "We've been trying to instill in them that you can't just be competitive when the times are in your favor. You have to be competitive even when we're shanking passes or we're not making our serves, and they did that tonight." R
TMHS stayed within striking distance of the Bears early in the third game, but the Bears' depth and experience took over late as they rolled to another 25-10 win. Vika Toetuu and Amanda Romeling each converted seven of seven serves. Roemeling lead the scoring attack with four kills, and Maria Weyhrauch and Larson added three kills each. Toetuu had three digs to lead the defense.
Juneau-Douglas swept Thunder Mountain again on Saturday, winning 25-3, 25-10 and 25-16.
Next up for the 5-0, 4-0 Crimson Bears is a trip to Anchorage on Sept. 24-25 for the West Anchorage Tournament.
The Falcons (0-4, 0-4) host Southeast rival Ketchikan next weekend.
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