The Juneau-Douglas High School volleyball team finally found some offensive success by shuffling their lineup at Mount Edgecumbe Saturday night, but fell short after pushing the Braves to four games.
The Crimson Bears carried over their offensive struggles from Friday night's loss, losing 12-25, 23-25, 25-23, 16-25.
The squad once again struggled with passing, one of their strengths early in the season, with starting setter Krista Barril still playing through an injury and secondary setter Nia Maake fighting through illness this week.
The offense did pick up for Juneau-Douglas in the second and third games, when coach Sandi Wagner shifted right hitter Sarah Tarver to the left side of the net. Tarver sparked the team with eight kills on the weekend, all coming in Saturday's final three games.
"They knew what we were doing and we just had to mix it up and show them something different," Wagner said. "Sarah seemed to like that side better and she was able to keep her hits in play and find the floor."
Tarver, a sophomore, was also the team's blocks leader on the weekend, finishing with nine. Senior middle hitter Kristie Ely led the team with 33 kills over the two matches, and Rachel Peyton set the tone passing with a 2.3 average out of every three passes on her 68 attempts.
The team experienced its most success serving, where Barril and Peyton combined to keep all 50 of their attempts in play. Peyton finished with four aces.
Wagner also spent part of her weekend with 32 younger Crimson Bears who traveled to Ketchikan for a small schools tournament. The group broke up into four teams and had plenty of success, even picking up a few wins against varsity squads.
"Our young kids got a lot of playing time in and they have improved tremendously as the season has progressed," Wagner said.
The Juneau-Douglas teams will hit the road again this weekend for Thursday matches against Service. They will then participate in the Service-Dimond meet over the weekend.