Bears hit the road, again

JDHS edges Kayhi, faces Service Thursday

Posted: Tuesday, October 20, 2009

While on a two-weekend road trip, the Crimson Bears look to finish at Service and the Dimond tournament the same way they started. Juneau-Douglas took down the Kings on both nights last weekend in Ketchikan.

Saturday's match was a much more competitive event than Friday's showdown, as JDHS took it in five games, 24-26, 25-19, 25-17, 22-25, 15-7.

In game one, teams traded points at the start until Kayhi built a 15-7 lead. A kill by Taylor Larson would cut the Kayhi lead to four at 16-12, and JDHS went on a 10-3 run from there to take a 22-19 lead. The Crimson Bears eventually led 23-20 when a kill attempt from Kayhi's Sarah Clark got caught in the net, but teammate Crystal Covault followed with a kill and Larson hit a kill attempt long to make it 23-22. Kayhi scored the next four points, two on a kill, one on a block by Clark, and finally, JDHS' Krista Bontrager hit the ball into the net to give Kayhi a 26-24 victory.

JDHS head coach Sandi Wagner said that the slow start was due to the team not playing the way they could have been.

"I think we were complacent, I guess is the best word I could use at this point," she said. "We just didn't have our 'A' game, unfortunately. Ketchikan played great and took advantage of it."

Again, game two was a tightly contested game at the start. Teams were tied 11-11 before Juneau went on a 4-0 run to take a 15-11 lead, an advantage they would not relinquish, as Sarah Tarver closed the game with an emphatic block. JDHS took the second game 25-19.

JDHS lead big during the entire game three, as Tarver set the tone with a kill on first point. The Crimson Bears did not look back as they took game three 25-17.

Kayhi built an early 8-2 lead and eventually held off JDHS 25-22 in the fourth game. With the Kings up 10-6 at one point, Ketchikan went on a 9-1 run to make it 19-7. JDHS came roaring back after Tarver mixed in three kills during a 15-5 run that made it 24-22, but Kayhi won the game 25-22 after the next Bears' serve sailed long.

Juneau never trailed in the tiebreaking game five. Daffodil Alinson started it out with a kill on the first point to make it 1-0. After Kayhi tied it 1-1, JDHS went on a 6-1 run to lead 7-2. An ace from Krista Barril made it 13-7, and on the next point Larson got a kill after being denied on two consecutive attempts to make it 14-7. She followed that with a game-winning tip.

Wagner said she learned some things about her team Saturday night.

"There's a lot of things that didn't go well, but the one thing that I have to give them credit for is they showed a lot of character, and played until the very end," she said. "That's hard to do when you aren't playing well.

Looming ahead is three days of volleyball starting Thursday at Service. Wagner said the team has some things to take care of heading into the weekend.

"We have some things we're going to work on," she said. "We did not handle the over passes very well, we did not handle balls off the block very well, so those are things we're going to work on between now and regionals."

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