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Crimson Bears finish undefeated at Small Schools Tournament

Posted: Tuesday, October 14, 2003

A group of Juneau-Douglas High School's younger varsity volleyball players went undefeated at last weekend's 2003 Small Schools Tournament in Sitka.

Juneau 1 went 10-0 in pool play at the tournament, earning a bye in the first round of Saturday's single-elimination championship bracket. In the semifinals, Juneau 1 beat Juneau 2 - a group of junior varsity players - 25-23, 25-15 - to earn a spot against undefeated Hoonah in the final.

In the best two-of-three match, the Crimson Bears beat the Braves, 25-14, 19-25, 15-8.

"The kids got a lot of playing time," Juneau co-coach Pat Gorman said. "Each and every one is playing better than when they arrived (in Sitka) on Friday."

Four eight-player Juneau squads participated in the tournament, but the Crimson Bears were lacking their seniors due to the SAT exam. A total of 16 teams from 10 schools played in the tourney.

In the final against Hoonah, Juneau 1 was nearly perfect on serving. The Crimson Bears went 24-for-24 serving in the first game - including an 11-for-11 performance from sophomore Hannah Barril. In the second game, Juneau went 15-for-17, and the Crimson Bears went 15-for-15 in the final game.

Sophomore Lesley Kalbrener had 15 kills against the Braves, and Barril added 11 digs.

Kalbrener had nine kills and six digs, and sophomore Torie Powers had seven digs in Juneau 1's semifinal win over Juneau 2.

Juneau 2 waged a strong battle, with 22-for-23 serving in the first game - including six-for-six serving from junior Carly Garrison, sophomore Katie Monagle and junior Ericka Novak. Novak had five kills, and freshman Dani Barr added four digs.

Juneau 2 went 3-7 in round-robin play; they had to play Juneau 1 once and Hoonah twice. In bracket play, Juneau 2 rallied to beat Mount Edgecumbe 1, 14-25, 27-25, 15-12, before falling to Juneau 1 in the semis.

Juneau 3 went 6-4 in pool play, and Juneau 4 went 1-9. The Skagway Panthers went 3-7 in pool play before they - along with Kake, Klawock and Thorne Bay - had to catch a ferry to a Class 2A tourney in Hoonah.

Hoonah was supposed to join those teams on the boat, but Braves coach Julie Jackson made a deal with her team before the Sitka tournament.

If the Braves - playing in their first tournament of the season - went undefeated in pool play, Jackson would find a way for them to complete the tournament.

"By golly, they were 10-0 at the end of the day," Jackson said.

Jackson checked with Hoonah school officials and made alternate travel arrangements for her team, who eventually made it back home in time to play at their own event on Sunday and Monday.

Meanwhile, Hoonah rolled through bracket play into the final with Juneau 1, where the Braves took the Crimson Bears to a full three games.

"They did really, really well," Jackson said of her team. "I really enjoy the (new) rally scoring (system) because it focuses on errors, and we do our best to have the fewest errors."

Hoonah has finished second at the Class 1A-2A-3A West state tournament for the past three years. The Braves won a state title in 1998.

2003 SMALL SCHOOLS TOURNAMENT

Results from the 2003 Small Schools Tournament held Friday and Saturday at Sitka High School. Kake, Klawock, Skagway and Thorne Bay only played the first two rounds because they had to catch a ferry on Saturday afternoon.

Saturday's results

CHAMPIONSHIP BRACKET

Championship match (best two of three games) - Juneau 1 def. Hoonah, 25-14, 19-25, 15-8.

Semifinals (best two of three games) - Hoonah def. Sitka 1, 25-17, 25-20; Juneau 1 def. Juneau 2, 25-23, 25-15.

First round (best two of three games) - Sitka 1 def. Sitka 2, 25-14, 25-10; Juneau 2 def. Mount Edgecumbe 1, 14-25, 27-25, 15-12; Juneau 1, bye; Hoonah, bye.

CONSOLATION BRACKET

Consolation championship (best two of three games) - Metlakatla def. Mount Edgecumbe 2, 25-15, 25-20.

Semifinals (best two of three games) - Mount Edgecumbe 2 def. Craig, 25-22, 16-25, 15-7; Metlakatla def. Juneau 3, 25-14, 25-12.

First round (best two of three games) - Craig def. Juneau 4, 9-25, 25-15, 15-13; Metlakatla def. Sitka 3, 25-19, 25-12; Mount Edgecumbe 2, bye; Juneau 3, bye.

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Saturday's round-robin results

SECOND ROUND

Red pool - Mini-match scores: Klawock def. Skagway, 25-22, 25-14; Sitka 1 def. Juneau 3, 25-5, 25-23; Klawock split Sitka 1, 25-23, 15-25; Juneau 3 def. Skagway, 27-25, 25-22.

White pool - Mini-match scores: Hoonah def. Mount Edgecumbe 1, 25-20, 25-20; Juneau 1 def. Mount Edgecumbe 1, 25-14, 25-18; Hoonah def. Juneau 2, 25-14, 25-12; Juneau 1 def. Juneau 2, 25-14, 25-19.

Blue pool - Mini-match scores: Metlakatla def. Thorne Bay, 25-13, 25-17; Kake split Craig, 25-23, 21-25; Thorne Bay split Craig 25-17, 19-25; Metlakatla def. Kake, 25-20, 25-20.

Green pool - Mini-match scores: Mount Edgecumbe 2 def. Sitka 3, 25-19, 25-15; Sitka 2 def. Juneau 4, 25-13, 25-13; Mount Edgecumbe 2 def. Juneau 4, 25-18, 25-19; Sitka 2 def. Sitka 3, 25-9, 25-23.

Friday's and Saturday's round-robin results

FIRST ROUND

Pool A - Mini-match scores: Mount Edgecumbe 2 def. Juneau 4, 25-23, 25-23; Klawock def. Kake, 25-11, 25-19; Mount Edgecumbe 2 def. Kake, 25-14, 25-15; Klawock def. Mount Edgecumbe 2, 25-20, 25-11; Kake split Juneau 4, 25-18, 24-26; Klawock def. Juneau 4, 25-13, 25-17.

Pool B - Mini-match scores: Juneau 3 def. Sitka 3, 28-26, 26-24; Mount Edgecumbe 1 def. Thorne Bay, 25-6, 25-10; Mount Edgecumbe 1 def. Juneau 3, 25-17, 25-15; Juneau 3 def. Thorne Bay, 25-5, 25-21; Thorne Bay def. Sitka 3, 25-18, 25-21; Mount Edgecumbe 1 def. Sitka 3, 25-6, 25-4.

Pool C - Mini-match scores: Skagway def. Craig, 25-20, 25-20; Juneau 1 def. Sitka 2, 25-21, 25-15; Skagway split Sitka 2, 25-14, 15-25; Craig split Sitka 2, 25-23, 20-25; Juneau 1 def. Skagway, 25-16, 25-19; Juneau 1 def. Craig, 25-9, 25-11.

Pool D - Mini-match scores: Hoonah def. Metlakatla, 25-8, 25-14; Juneau 2 split Sitka 1, 25-23, 16-25; Hoonah def. Sitka 1, 25-23, 25-13; Juneau 2 def. Metlakatla, 25-21, 25-13; Sitka 1 def. Metlakatla, 25-14,25-13; Hoonah def. Juneau 2, 25-22, 25-17.



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