The Juneau-Douglas High School volleyball team showed off its finishing prowess Thursday in a straight-set victory over a tough Kodiak squad.
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The Crimson Bears (5-2) used big runs in the later portion of each game to walk away with a 25-13, 25-18, 25-13.
"Part of our problem is we play like a roller coaster sometimes," JDHS hitter Sarah Christianson said. "When we're not playing well, we're just not putting the ball in and our passing is off too. But normally after a couple points we get it together."
Christianson proved to be a dominant force on the court for JDHS.
The senior used her power and savvy to rack up a game-high of 22 kills.
She posted eight kills in the first and second games and six in the win. She also contributed 12 digs.
"I think she likes a challenge and she will rise to it," JDHS coach Dale Bontrager said.
JDHS and Kodiak battled it out in the first game before Christianson helped seize control for the Crimson Bears.
With Juneau-Douglas ahead 12-11, Christianson powered down four hills and added a block as JDHS closed out the game on a 13-2 run.
In the second game, Juneau's bench gave the team a big lift.
Substitute Cortney Wagner entered the game and responded with six digs to help hold off Kodiak.
Bears hitter Alysa Horn posted three kills and three blocks as Kodiak rallied from a 9-2 deficit to take a 13-12 lead.
Juneau responded, however, to close out the game on a 12-5 run.
"I always love when we have people we can play off the bench," Christianson said. "Sometimes, when we're not doing good, putting someone in can change the entire offense."
While Kodiak stayed competitive in the first and second game, Juneau-Douglas closed out the match quickly and efficiently.
JDHS jumped to a 7-1 lead, extended to 20-6 and never looked back to win the match.
Amber Walker was a perfect 10 for 10 serving in the match while libero Carly Lehnhart posted six digs in the final game.
Thursday's game served as a tune-up for this weekend Juneau Invitational Volleyball Extravaganza tournament.
"I'm expecting we're going to do very well," Christianson said of the tournament. "We did extremely well last weekend against Anchorage teams. I'm hoping that if we can produce the same kind of intensity, we'll do fine."
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