Juneau volleyball squad secures top seed in Region V

Crimson Bears sweep Ketchikan, improve to 6-0 in Southeast this fall

Posted: Sunday, September 28, 2003

The Juneau-Douglas High School volleyball squad secured the top seed for November's Region V-Class 4A tournament with a sweep on the road in Ketchikan on Friday and Saturday.

The Crimson Bears beat Kayhi 25-10, 25-22, 25-20 on Friday and 25-17, 25-15, 25-12 on Saturday to improve to 6-0 in the region, and 6-3 overall in best three-of-five matches. Juneau swept the Region V-4A season series with the Kings.

"It was good play across the board," Juneau coach Sandi Wagner said. "Sara Manning has definitely improved her game and become much more aggressive, which is nice to see."

Sophomores Hannah Barril and Alycia Cox had good games on defense, Wagner said, while seniors Julie Heard and Karla Dunivin led the way in kills.

Heard had 12 kills on Friday and 14 on Saturday, while Dunivin had 11 on Friday and added 10 on Saturday.

The Crimson Bears continued to demonstrate excellent serving, with only one missed serve on Friday night and just two on Saturday.

Wagner said the team showed improvement in several areas, including blocking, that were problematic on its road trip to Anchorage and Homer the previous week. The team worked hard in practice the past week to identify and improve specific skills.

Juneau will play in its biggest home games of the season next weekend as it hosts the Juneau Invitational Volleyball Extravaganza, or JIVE Tournament.

Teams slated to play next weekend include Cordova, Glennallen, Palmer, Colony, Sitka, Ketchikan, Haines, Mount Edgecumbe, Petersburg, Wrangell and Metlakatla. Information on game times will run later this week in the Empire.

Juneau's sole remaining Region V-4A regular-season matches are Oct. 24-25 in Sitka. The region tournament is Nov. 6-8 in Petersburg. The top team from the region advances to the state tournament Nov. 13-15 in Anchorage.

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