The Juneau-Douglas High School volleyball team had an easy time beating Ketchikan on Friday night, but Saturday it was a different story as the Kings pushed the Crimson Bears to five games before Juneau pulled out the victory at Ketchikan High School's Clarke Cochrane Gymnasium.
The Crimson Bears swept Ketchikan 15-6, 15-0, 15-12 in Friday night's varsity match. On Saturday, Juneau won 12-15, 15-13, 15-11, 10-15, 15-2 to complete the two-match sweep of Region V-Class 4A matches.
"Ketchikan was a lot better tonight, they were a lot more competitive," Juneau co-coach Pat Gorman said. "Fortunately, we stepped up our game as well. It was a tussle the whole night. It was a long, long match."
Statistics weren't available for either match, and Gorman said he didn't want to single out any players. Juneau co-coaches Sandi Wagner and Dale Bontrager weren't at the hotel immediately after the match.
In junior varsity action, Juneau swept Ketchikan on both nights. Juneau won 15-2, 15-9, 15-3 on Friday and won 15-11, 15-5, 15-5 on Saturday.
The Juneau C team also swept the Kings, winning 15-0, 15-1, 15-4 on Friday and 15-4, 16-14, 15-2 on Saturday.
The Crimson Bears (7-2 overall, 4-0 in Region V-Class 4A action) return to Juneau for their first home matches of the season this weekend. Juneau will host the Juneau Invitational Volleyball Extravaganza (JIVE) tournament this Friday and Saturday. The tournament features round-robin play for most of Friday and on Saturday morning. Then the eight teams will play for placings on Saturday afternoon and evening.
Juneau was supposed to host Ketchikan on Sept. 14-15, but the Kings were stranded in Fairbanks after the terrorist attacks on New York City and Washington, D.C. Those matches have been rescheduled for Oct. 24-25 at Juneau.