The Juneau-Douglas High School varsity volleyball team stormed through Ketchikan over the weekend, picking up a pair of Division V wins and leaving thoughts of a season sweep in its wake.
The Crimson Bears (4-2 overall, 4-0 Region V) shook off their travel day on Friday night to make quick work of the Lady Kings (0-4 Region V) with a 25-15, 25-10, 25-13 win that allowed both teams to call it an early night.
"The game seemed kind of slow (on Friday). I wouldn't say we were tentative, but we really controlled the ball and things just slowed down," junior setter Krista Barril said. "That's what we've been practicing and focusing on doing, and I'd say it went pretty well."
Barril did her part to keep the Juneau-Douglas offense moving, getting under a team-high 10 digs in the match, including six as the Ketchikan offense came to life in the third game.
Middle hitters Rachel Peyton and Kristie Ely took full advantage of an impressive night of passing from Barril and the rest of the team, combining to keep 34 of their 35 attacks in play. The pair also combined for 15 kills in the match.
"The whole team did a really good job serving the ball, and that helped us out a lot," Peyton said. "We worked on serving short this whole week, and they were having trouble with it. We picked up a lot of aces."
The Crimson Bears finished with 15 total aces in Friday's game, accounting for 20 percent of their total points.
The action picked up on both sides of the net in Saturday afternoon's contest, as Ketchikan kept the score close for two games before running out of gas in the third, surrendering the match 25-15, 25-17, 25-8.
Peyton and Ely paced the offense yet again, keeping 40 of their combined 45 attacks in play. Ely was able to exploit the middle defense of the Lady Kings, pounding down 12 kills in the match, including 6 in the first game and five in the third. She also led the team with 13 of its 40 total digs.
"What I'm going to remember from this weekend is Kristie's hits," Peyton said. "They were just going straight down."
Peyton finished the day with five kills of her own. Outside hitter Wendy Calderwood also racked up five kills on 15 attempts as the Juneau-Douglas setters spread the ball around the court.
The Crimson Bears' short serve came up long in points again, as the team combined for 13 aces, led by Peyton's four.
The Juneau-Douglas JV squad kicked off its Friday match by dropping the only game lost by a Crimson Bears team over the weekend, but rebounded for a hard-fought 19-25, 25-13, 25-21, 25-19 win. Saturday's match went down a little more smoothly for the team, as it won 25-22, 25-10, 25-13.
The Crimson Bears C team won both of its matches in impressive fashion, taking Friday's contest 25-8, 25-13, 25-19 and Saturday's by a score of 25-10, 25-16, 25-5.
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