The Juneau-Douglas High School volleyball team looked impressive in a pair of straight-set victories over Ketchikan on Friday and Saturday.
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The Crimson Bears won 25-15, 25-13, 26-24 on Friday and 25-19, 25-20, 25-20 on Saturday to seal a top seed in next weekend's Class 4A Southeast Conference tournament in Petersburg.
A large, vocal crowd greeted the Crimson Bears for senior night Saturday.
"I think it was our biggest crowd all season," senior Margaret Rehfeld said.
Buoyed by strong local support, Juneau-Douglas played with confidence and cohesion against a quality Southeast opponent.
The Crimson Bears raced out to an 8-3 lead in the first game and extended the lead to as high as six points. Junior Kristie Ely slammed down five of her team-high 11 kills in the first game.
"I think the big crowd prepares us for regions because everyone is there to watch," senior Cortney Wagner said.
Juneau-Douglas battled back from three-point deficits four times in the second game before completing the weekend sweep with a strong third game.
"It's always interesting to see what they're going to bring," senior Amanda Leamer said. "They're not someone to take lightly."
Juneau's offense looked sharp on Saturday as a host of players recorded kills in the win.
Senior Kristen Pratt had 11 kills, junior Nicole Fenumiai contributed nine kills while Rachel Peyton picked up five kills.
When asked where the Bears improved, seniors Wagner, Rehfeld, Summers, Leamer and Gloria Lumba all said "offense" almost in unison.
"In the beginning we really didn't have chemistry," Lumba said.
Defensively, Lumba had two digs, Carly Lehnhart had 12 digs and Kassi Allred added three digs in the win.
Summers had three aces in Saturday's win.
On Friday, Juneau-Douglas used its superior serving to topple Ketchikan.
The Crimson Bears missed just two serves the entire match as Summers posted a team-high eight of Juneau's 18 aces. Pratt had five aces while Ely and Fenumiai chipped in two aces each.
"You can't play the game without a serve," Summers said.
Fenumiai led the team in digs with 11 while Lehnhart had seven, Krista Barril had six and Pratt and Wagner added five digs each.
Peyton and Fenumiai posted eight kills each while Ely contributed seven kills.
Up next for Juneau-Douglas will be the Class 4A Southeast Conference tournament in Petersburg. The Crimson Bears will be the top seed in the double-elimination tourney.
"It's pretty exciting because we have to prove ourselves," Summers said. "We have to put ourselves out there."
Juneau-Douglas' junior varsity also won two matches on Friday and Saturday. JDHS defeated the Kings 25-21, 25-15, 28-26 on Friday and 19-25, 25-19, 25-11, 25-14 on Saturday.
In the C division games, Juneau won 25-22, 25-20, 25-11 on Friday and 25-10, 25-7, 25-11 on Saturday.
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