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The Juneau-Douglas High School volleyball team served well, but passing breakdowns helped the Chugiak Mustangs claim a 15-7, 16-14, 15-9 sweep of the Crimson Bears in a non-region match Thursday night at Chugiak High School.
"We served fine, 91 percent, but our pasasing hurt us," Juneau assistant coach Pat Gorman said. "We struggled passing, and it cascaded from there."
Chugiak (9-7 overall, 5-5 in Region IV) was helped by the recent return from injury by Carolyn DeKay, who led the Mustangs with 16 digs and 11 kills. Setter Ashlee Sampson had 26 assists for the Mustangs, who have won three of their last four matches since DeKay returned from her ankle injury, including a victory over previously undefeated Palmer.
"We've been able to get everyone involved on offense, that's what's changed our game around," Chugiak coach Sabrina Bingham told the Anchorage Daily News. "We've been able to set to all three hitters in the front row, instead of just one. And the defense has been phenomenal."
"They've got one of the best hitters in the state," Juneau's Rosemarie Moises said of DeKay. "They're a really good team."
Juneau (7-6 overall, 5-1 in Region V) was led by Angie Mill, who was a perfect 12-for-12 serving with two aces and eight digs. Amy Neussl was nine-for-nine serving with no aces, eight digs and five kills; Janina Pelayo was seven-for-seven serving with one ace; and Anna Capacci added five kills for the Crimson Bears.
"We hung well and we showed we could rally with them," Gorman said. "We dug up the ball from their big hitter, and I thought we played well other than our passing deserted us. Chugiak's on a roll."
Juneau and Chugiak will both play in the 20-team Service-Dimond Tournament today and Saturday at both Service and Dimond high schools. Round-robin play opens at 3 p.m. today, and Saturday's championship match is at 5:30 p.m. at Service. Ketchikan, which played Palmer Thursday night (no score was available), is the only other team from Southeast in the tournament.