The Crimson Bears finally dominated with their blockers at the net, but must have misplaced their trademark passing game on the plane.
The Juneau-Douglas High School volleyball team dropped Thursday night's opening match in three straight sets at 3A Mount Edgecumbe 25-23, 25-18, 25-15.
The Bears kept the first set close with standout play from a couple of seniors up front as middle hitter Kristie Ely finished with a pair of kills and outside hitter Wendy Calderwood picked up three kills on eight attacks.
"I'd say we just missed a couple of hits at the end there that did us in," head coach Sandi Wagner said. "Really, though, we just couldn't line up our blocking and passing. Hopefully we can pair those up tomorrow."
The second two sets were a little rougher for JDHS. A 7-for-7 serving performance from Rachel Peyton in the second set couldn't lift the Bears past the aggressive Braves offense.
"That was probably our best blocking performance of the year, though," Wagner said. "(Ely) had six blocks by herself in that set."
Ely again led the team in the third set with six kills up front, but passing struggles once again doomed the team.
The teams will meet again in Mount Edgecumbe this afternoon at 4 p.m.
Please look for full results from tonight's action online Saturday only at JuneauEmpire.com.
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